|Early morning sky|
The sky to the northwest looked threatening before we set off this morning, but my weather app told me the storms were moving away from us. Not so.
We could tell as soon as we stepped out of the CR-V at the trailhead that the weather app wasn't accurate; the wind was blowing straight at us from the northwest where the most ominous storms resided. Both Dr. K and I felt a few spits of precipitation as we hiked up Left Branch Arroyo, but when we started down the Middle Branch the rain was a bit more substantial.
Additionally, loud claps of thunder scared Willow who's not a big fan of rumbling skies. She was good, though, only pulling on our way down to the intersection with the right branch. We heard growling thunder several more times on our way out, but, fortunately, the heavier rain fell in different areas of the desert.
On our after-trek drive we noticed that several neighborhoods, including ours, had received substantial rain.
|This & next: Ocotillos leafed out overnight|
|This & next: ominous sky|
|This & next 2: Ocotillos in green finery|
|This & next: sky northwest of Tortugas Mountain|
|This & next: Swainson's Hawk against the Organ Mountains|
|Ridge west of the Organs|
|Willow and Frio in Right Branch Arroyo|
|Ready to head out of the right branch|
|This & next: long view of the mountains|
|Red Velvet Mite|
|Last 2: rain coming down|
These are beautiful photos, Packrat. I especially like the second "ominous sky" image.
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