Postcrepusculars & Rainbow
Postcrepuscular rays and a short rainbow segment cast aglow a wet sky over Mesa Redonda, as seen across the plains and scrubland south of Tucumcari NM. Although the sky gave us visual and photographic delights in almost every direction, the abiding memory of that afternoon for me was impossible to capture in a photograph: the smell of the freshly moist chaparral. It was an aroma different and far richer than I had ever experienced after a rain anywhere else -- a deep earthen sweetness, soaking as deeply through me as through the soil, in a land that was almost as unfamiliar with the rain as I was with the experience.
7 NNE Quay NM (4 Jun 3) looking SE