Long Time No Rhyme

Long Time No Rhyme




why wait?

bite this bait

Its called elections

pretends to be Democracy,

squirms as an impaled worm

alleges Freedom

but of its children

it demands pledges


Money talks, then stalks the facts

like that Sasquatch old footage

going forward gazing back

last moments sunlight

rusted without rain

never quite to be found this time around

and around



nearly extinct meltdown

drowning in a bathtub

rising “values” voting

moral crusaders

hiding immoral background

handcuffs upon our moon,

powdered crater face smooth smile

our circus is backward around

this time around






.{photo: Benafia}



Moist Monsoon Flow Crawling Into Arizona


The dry air around, with very high cloud bases along with warm air subsidence, have left the start of this Monsoon nearly lightning free.  This may all change Saturday, July 10.

There might not have been much rain, but great atmosphere for photos!


A Sunday Summer Storm; August in Arizona


Desert Weather is very unpredictable.  We were given two days of 70% chance of rain, and possibly heavy rain at that.  My total? 0.14″.  However, nearby, often following predictable geographic steering, heavy rains could be seen just miles away.  It is often as if the storms tend to follow the valleys after being triggered by mountains or other means of convergence. Once I was working at a home a few miles away, well about 8.  Every day there were heavy rains, the ground was saturated.  I’d call home; Is it raining there?  No.  By the time I was home up the hills; bone dry.  On some occasions, the opposite happens, where the hills have the buildup “locked” in overhead.  Then we can get big rains 1-2″ from quite a small rain shaft. (This stalled storm effect happened about 2 hours after this post was written–approx 1″ of rain in 20 min.  Largest hail dime size.)

-Downdraft blowing rain-shaft  Photo edited to get the rain movement against bright sun.


Watercolor clouds overhead


Cumulus Buildup Above Dead Live Oak

Cumulus Buildup Above Dead Live Oak; cumulus likely back-building or flanking to a cumulonimbus behind it.


The Live Oak died from someone alerting the landscape around it to appropriate dirt for their home site, critically damaging its root system.  Was such a nice tree.


-These clouds did not result in severe weather.  The lack of crispness in the bubbling cumulus usually indicate not too aggressive updrafts.  In this case we are under high pressure influence with some warmth in the upper atmosphere, that acts to suppress cloud growth in many instances. Last photo is dramatized by me.