As a storm clears

The strong, pure light of the Southwest often produces a dramatically illuminated landscape when thunderstorms sweep across the region’s deserts, grasslands, and mountains. Here, as a storm clears, two towering yuccas glow in the warm light of the setting sun. In the background, a bright rainbow and tattered clouds hang in the rain-cooled air. This photograph was taken in the high grasslands near Mescal, Cochise County, Arizona.

The seasons turn

The summer monsoon trails off in mid to late September in southeastern Arizona. Today’s streaming clouds and lush green grass mark the high point of rainy season’s bounty. However, the cool, dry breeze now coming from out of the west signals the monsoon’s end. Crisp and clear mornings will soon see temperatures dropping into the 50’s, and the turn of the season will be complete. This photograph was taken on the J-Six Ranch in Cochise County, Arizona.