Clouds…and hope for a high-desert rain….

Day trip north on Saturday of last week…US Highway 89 from north of Wickenburg, through Yarnell, into and out of Prescott, brushing up against Ash Fork, heading west on I-40 and skirting Kingman, and then back down US 93 to US 60 and “home” again….

It was good to see cottonwood trees along roadways again.

Maybe Argemone pleiacantha, Southwestern Pricklypoppy…maybe, quite possibly…also found alongside the roadway…high desert travels.

Fat, fluffy clouds are a welcome sight in the high and low deserts…even if they are accompanied by high winds and the general ugliness of broken branches and occasionally uprooted trees and downed fences; they’re seasonal treasures that truly freshen and sweeten the air and leave a rich verdure in their passing.

Windows down on the truck, just me and my thoughts…green rambling forests…the smell of warming juniper on the breeze….

Someone received the distant rain…rather, it was received somewhere, maybe not where any people could feel it…although, by the time I arrived in Prescott, further north and west of where we see the rain in the above image, I did receive a little of it…something like 13-17 drops on my windscreen…a regular downpour.

An anvil cloud in preparation, above, is usually a good hint that rain is coming.

This section of US 89 was new to me.ย  I’d driven it plenty between Flagstaff and south of Salt Lake, but never this stretch.

Low clouds…

…wide horizons with a lot of green in between…

…and then out of the mountains into the high desert flat-lands north of Prescott…

…raw desert with compelling geologic formations…

…some kind of caramel ball wildflowers along the roadway…

…and southern clouds that didn’t leave a drop in their passing….


9 responses

  1. Very nice photos. Familiar landscape even if I’ve never driven that particular stretch (although, I might have).

    August 2, 2020 at 2:07 pm

    • Thank you, Emilio…I’ve noticed the same thing…some of our western landscapes could exist anywhere out here…some of Utah looks like Arizona, and some of eastern Oregon even looks like Utah…or New Mexico, Texas….in all of its variation, there’s very much that is similar.

      August 8, 2020 at 8:03 am

    • You are welcome, Scott . . . and, truthfully, Eastern landscapes look similar to each other as well โ€” lots of trees and an obstructed view of the horizon.

      Oh, and Middle America . . . lots of corn and soybean fields . . . Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, etc, hard to tell them apart.

      . . . but none as visually pleasing as The West. Well, the Great Lakes are nice, and maybe a beach or two.

      August 8, 2020 at 8:13 am

  2. Fat, fluffy clouds… nothing quite like them unless it’s that smell of warming juniper… or those mixed feelings about someone else getting that precious rain way off there in the distance. Thanks, Scott. This one took me back there.

    August 2, 2020 at 3:56 pm

    • That warming juniper is kinda nice, isn’t it, Gunta? And we still haven’t had but a few literal drops of rain down here this “monsoon” season, so yes, those mixed feelings about someone else getting the rain can be pretty intense, too…sometimes. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 8, 2020 at 8:05 am

  3. I’m glad you’re able to get outside, Scott and I hope you’ll see rain soon. The desert must be especially beautiful after a good rain.
    I like the poppies!

    August 2, 2020 at 4:55 pm

    • The desert is very nice after the rain, Allen…especially first thing in the morning after an evening rain…so very nice. The poppies are rather pretty, too….that was the first time I had seen this particular type….

      August 8, 2020 at 8:06 am

  4. Scott, you sure know how to put an enjoyable post together! Between the words and the images, it was a delightful ride. I know what you mean by feeling happy to see a particular kind of roadside vegetation again after a long time…so many miles driven, those scenes are etched into our bones. Oh, the poppies! What delicate beauties they are.

    August 3, 2020 at 10:22 am

    • I’m glad you enjoyed the ride, Lynn….and yes, it is so nice to see one’s familiar/intimate tree friends again, wherever they are. And, as you already know, those bone-etched scenes sustain me…. ๐Ÿ™‚

      August 8, 2020 at 8:09 am

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