Sunday, September 7, 2014

Photo: Uprooted Palo Verde Tree

We are near the end of the monsoon season in the Arizona's Sonoran desert, and we get dramatic skies and, at times, strong lightning and thunderstorms.   The clouds build up in the late afternoon and sometimes, not often, we get sudden, but very brief, high winds and a short downpour.

We had one of those storms on Thursday evening.  These are photos of an overturned palo verde tree at the entrance to our subdivision.
As these photos show, desert trees often do not have tap roots.   After all, why would a root grow deep when the only water is near the surface?  This causes desert trees vulnerable to being blown over at times, even though they have spindly leaves that allow wind to blow through.

Today is Sunday, so we have new photos posted on our Viva la Voyage travel photo site.  This week we are showing photos from a festival in Punahka, Bhutan, in the Himalayas.


Sharon said...

These trees do get hit hard when we have strong winds don't they?
Thanks again for the dinner, wine and conversation last night. When I got home, I noticed that we must have had some wind around here too. The cushions were blown off my patio chairs. But, nothing else was wrong. Strange how that works.

glenda said...

We were hoping for rain during this storm, but got none.

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