Thursday, July 19, 2012

Storm Clouds and Irises

An off road adventure 
in the back hills of New Mexico
fifty miles north of the Ruidoso Raceway
we saw storm clouds gather along the horizon
forcing us back to the main highway. 

Thunder and lightning preceded the hail
pelted the Durango unmercifully.
We waited under an overpass 
until the storm was done.   

Minutes later the chaos 

subsided and the sun 
broke through the clouds. 

We continued our journey
up to the iris farm where many 

varieties of flowers bloomed.

A few other artist braved the weather 

and spread out among the gardens
to paint. We were careful to avoid 

the puddles along the walkway.
Inspired by the aftermath of the summer 

rain we painted until the stars came out. 

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