Weather or not

On a recent cross country drive through the Southwest USA  this past August,  we got into some weather. It was Day 3 of the trip, and we were stacking up some miles  since we left Toronto.

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We had started from our  Walmart campsite, just south of Denver  earlier that morning, and since we were making some good headway,  we stopped for  a leisurely lunch in Salida, Colorado.

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From there the skies started getting interesting.

With warm air, convection currents  and mountain ranges in the distance,  the skies took on some otherworldly colours.

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This  isolated rain cloud seemed  selective in where it dumped its rainfall,  so I   kept a careful eye on it, and   maintained  a safe distance.

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Shooting with my lens sticking  out of the car window for many  of these shots, like this one below.

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There were not many places to seek shelter in a downpour, so we kept driving.

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We were aiming for a visit to the Sand Dunes National Park , before  heading to Durango, CO.  We could see the sand dunes in the near distance.

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The rain held off long enough for  a  short visit to Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado.

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And then the  skies opened up quickly, dropping a huge payload. In the photo below,  the small white motor home, which is  barely visible in the distance,  gives some perspective of the immensity of the clouds.

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Off our entourage darted to Durango, where we looked forward to a dry bed and warm meal at my in-laws  home.

Stay tuned for more adventures on the road with the Phoenix Explorers.

All photos copyright Greg Coman Photography.

 

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