Monsoon Season Atmospherics. It’s now monsoon season in northern New Mexico (July 15, 2019), with afternoon and early evening thunderstorms and rain showers becoming commonplace. The weather arrives from the west, while the sun sets to the northwest. Yesterday evening, the setting sun side-lit a veil of rain that was positioned between our place and Black Mesa, providing the following sequence of atmospheric effects.
The volcanic Black Mesa and the dirt saddle that connects it to the mesa to the north
Looking further to the west (left) than the above photo, the veil of rain interposes between my position and the dirt hill of Barranco Blanco (left) and the tilted lava-topped mesa of Cerro La Junta (right)
The light turns more golden a moment later. Left to right: Barranco Blanco, Cerro La Junta and Black Mesa
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