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Coring Nepali Foothill Lakes

We cored a lake near Bhimdatta then drove for a day or two along cliffside highways into the Himalayan foothills. The heavy, pre-monsoon air hung around us as we unloaded the trucks and sweated our way up the steep hillside. The river was black with sediment from the nearby rains, and the air was hazy with humidity.

swollenblackenedriverCrossing the Swollen River, far Western Nepal (13″x59″)

towerinthefieldTower in the Field, far Western Nepal (13″x56″)

paththroughterracedfieldsPath through Terraced Fields, far Western Nepal (16″x64″)

Far Western Nepal

We stopped at a hotel near the Indian border in Bhimdatta, Nepal to stay over night before coring a lake in the nearby Himalayan foothills. From the hotel roof, I photographed the line of approaching storm clouds in the evening then the surrounding town in the morning. If time had permitted, I would have explored and photographed the half-constructed cement structure in the morning (left side of second panorama)…but we had to get to work.

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Evening Pre-Monsoon Clouds, Bhimdatta, Nepal (16″x48″)

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Morning View of Bhimdatta, Bhimdatta, Nepal (16″x73″)

Bhimdatta, Nepal

This past spring, I returned to Nepal to conduct more field work before the summer monsoon. We spent a few days in May driving west from Kathmandu across the hot, humid Terai (the lowlands near the Indian border) and stopped in Bhimdatta, a border town near the Sarda River. Before heading into the Himalayan foothills to core lakes for our research project, I took a few panoramas of the town.

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Evening along Bhimdatta Road, Bhimdatta, far western Nepal, (16″x66″)

End of the Tucson Monsoon

Another angle on the monsoon storm over Tucson.

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Monsoon Storm over Tucson from Windy Point, Coronado National Forest, AZ (14″x48″)

Lightning over Tucson

While climbing on one of the fins at Windy Point (along the Catalina Highway outside Tucson, AZ) in August, I watched a monsoon storm rumble across the valley below. I took a few minutes to photograph the storm clouds as they approached us. After I drove home I realized that I had also captured a lightning bolt in the panorama.

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Lightning and Monsoon Clouds fromWindy Point, Coronado National Forest, AZ (26″x64″)

Storm Clouds over Catalinas

One of the final 2016 monsoon storms over Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains.

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Monsoon Clouds over Catalinas from Windy Point, Coronado National Forest, AZ (16″x48″)

Monsoon Storm near Gage, NM

While driving back to Arizona in August, I pulled off Interstate 10 to photograph this monsoon storm cloud north of Gage, NM.

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Monsoon Storm Clouds north of Gage, near Gage, NM (16″x64″)

Railroad Tracks along Highway 26

I liked the abstract feel of the curving railroad tracks in the foreground, desert scrub in the landscape, and gathering clouds in the sky.

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Railroad Tracks, Desert, Sky, near Hatch, NM (16″x50″)

Water Tower Along Highway 26, NM

I frequently drive between Tucson, AZ and Albuquerque, NM to visit family. While driving to Hatch from I-10, I always notice a lone water tower standing over the railroad tracks along Highway 26. Last summer I finally stopped to photograph the structure and the railroad tracks. An approaching monsoon storm had also kicked up a dust storm over the wind farm across the road.

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Wind Farm and Haboob, near Hatch, NM (16″x52″)

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Water Tower along Highway 26, near Hatch, NM (16″x32″)

 

Above Tree Line in Colorado

Here are a few more panoramas taken around sunrise at 14,000+ feet in Colorado.

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Ridge Line from Mt Lincoln, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x50″)

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Ridge Shadows to Mt Democrat, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x70″)

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Rising Sun over Mt Lincoln, near Kite Lake, CO (16″x64″)