Sometimes on a road trip….

…one must pull-over to the side of the road and capture that particular image of what one knows is an ultra-transient, fleeting, and likely never to be duplicated, moment in time.

Somewhere between six and ten miles south of the Arizona/Nevada border…on US Highway 93, southbound….

It drizzled, sprinkled, and rained for all but the first 60 miles of yesterday’s journey northward…water falling in varying strength from a solid blanket of clouds that only appeared to be too high to be willing to loose any of its bounty.  Today’s return trip revealed bright sunshine blasting through and around many-sized clouds that had broken free from the earlier blanket.  There were some dark spots, too, that were still intent upon delivering more water to the mountains…low clouds unraveling their weave and being dragged, blown, carried, somehow east and away from of our route.

12 responses

  1. I love traveling in those weather conditions!

    March 11, 2018 at 6:26 pm

    • So do I, Terry…and love hiking in them, as well!

      April 1, 2018 at 11:59 am

  2. What a pleasure reading your prose is, and seeing the photographs – I like having both views to look at. And the jagged rocks behind those mountains…nice. The landscape is familiar…on our January trip to see Death Valley, we drove over to the Colorado River one day, heading further south to look at the Eldorado mine. A tourist trap but it was still interesting. I’m glad you got away – you’re right of course, it will never be repeated, so pulling over is good, when you can do it.

    March 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    • Thank you, Lynn…and I thought of you, too, wondering to what extent your recent journey took you into Arizona. Highway 93 goes through a significant stand of Joshua Trees and was almost tempting enough, though not quite this time, to compel me to pull-over and capture some images. The land was fenced-off, of course, so my photo-making efforts would have been limited to what I could have gotten on the outside of the fence. At any rate, I do agree that pulling over is good, especially when the situation will likely never be repeated.

      April 1, 2018 at 12:03 pm

  3. Pity it isn’t always possible to pull over wherever the scene strikes! Delightful that you managed to stop for this one! There’s just something about the clouds hovering near the mountaintops that’s irresistible.

    March 13, 2018 at 8:49 pm

    • That is such a pity, Gunta…and yes, those clouds really captured me. I would have loved, loved, loved to have been hiking up there…what a treat that would have been!

      April 1, 2018 at 12:04 pm

  4. If only we could catch them all on film. I see so many!

    March 17, 2018 at 2:48 pm

    • Wouldn’t that be wonderful, Allen?!

      April 1, 2018 at 12:05 pm

  5. LB

    The clouds and the breadth of this image … just stunning!

    April 3, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    • And you know about road trips, don’t you? Thank you, LB. 🙂

      April 13, 2018 at 11:42 am

  6. That’s a fascinating view!

    May 14, 2018 at 8:41 am

    • Thank you, Dina…it looked so much nicer “in person.” 🙂

      May 27, 2018 at 7:49 pm

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