Postcard from Sedona in the rain

August 16, 2012 in Places,United States

When we were in the midst of planning a road trip across the USA in July, a few people told us we were crazy. It’d be too hot, humid, muggy, sticky, awful.

Sedona red rocks under incoming storm clouds in Arizona, USA

Not one person warned us about monsoon season. So we couldn’t help but laugh as we pulled our rain jackets and umbrellas from the bottom of our packs, tucked away under our bikinis and sundresses. In Sedona, apparently, July and August is monsoon season: unlike Southeast Asia monsoon season, the rain here usually comes in short, intense afternoon bursts–with a total rainfall generally only reaching four inches.

While unexpected and a bit unwelcome, the storm clouds did provide a decidedly different backdrop to Sedona’s stunning red rocks. It was incredible to watch the rain move right in: until, of course, it started drenching us.

Sedona red rocks under incoming storm clouds and rain in Arizona, USA

Sedona red rocks under incoming storm clouds and rain in Arizona, USA

Sedona red rocks under incoming storm clouds in Arizona, USA

Waterfalls on Sedona red rocks during a thunderstorm in Arizona, USA

Sedona red rocks and city through the rain at dusk in Arizona, USA

Rain pouring on the Sedona red rocks in Arizona, USA

  • Hi I think it is good that you were there in the monsoon – you got to see a different perspective that’s for sure!

  • Lise Griffiths

    Wow I love heavy rain it’s so dramatic, and even more so with this stunning scenery!

  • Katie @ katieinprague

    Your first several pictures are absolutely amazing. I have to admit, your road trip is really making me want to block out a month of my life to explore the American west. I’m ashamed at how little of my own country west of the Mississippi I’ve actually seen.

  • Bruce

    My sister sent me your blog after you hit Arizona. I live in Prescott, AZ, and was tickled to read your musings. I’ve lived in Prescott seven years and my girlfriend two. We were just talking tonight about the misconceptions and stereotypical ideas people have about Arizona (including her until her friend talked her into visiting Prescott and lo and behold, ASAP she sold her condo in Seattle and moved here.) Thanks shining some light on the diversity of our state and the absolute beauty hidden behind those postcards of a saguaro cactus silhouetted by a red sunset. And as a photographer myself, I must say your photography is dynamite. Great blog site. And BTW, the monsoons can be a mo’ fo’ to live through sometimes.

  • I have been to Sedona times, in the cold and the heat, but not the rain, it looks just as beautiful if not slightly more dramatic!

  • travellingbelle

    These photos are truly amazing, I never would have thought the USA would have weather like this, it reminds me of my trips in SE Asia! An afternoon downpour can be so incredibly beautiful and frustrating at the same time! Hope your enjoying your road trip
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  • camorose

    Definitely something that not many other people get to see!

  • camorose

    Definitely a different perspective–and very dramatic!

  • camorose

    Totally worth seeing! I absolutely loved the experience–Arizona is one of the most beautiful states we have, in my opinion πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Thank you so much for the kind words! I absolutely loved Arizona, and was continually impressed by the diversity of the landscapes–and all of them were beautiful! While we were there, everyone was stoked for the rain–seemed like it had been the first in a while!

  • camorose

    Very dramatic! I visited before the in sunshine–this was so different, but very cool.

  • camorose

    It totally reminded me of afternoon thunderstorms in Bali–just such a different landscape!

  • Live in Phoenix.. know all about the monsoons.. still dealing with them now. Those are some great shots from Sedona!

  • azaficionado

    If the monsoons tickled your photographic fancy, you should get off the beaten track a bit and come down south to Tubac…imagine Sedona 50 years ago…no red rocks but dramatic ‘sky islands’, charming little artist’s village…and waaaaay better monsoons!!!

  • Such great dramatic skies in the top few pics! I didn’t know Arizona had a monsoon season either…

  • camorose

    Thank you! I don’t think I could handle the monsoons for much more than a few days at a time–so intense!

  • camorose

    Ooooh next time I’m in the southwest, I’ll definitely try Tubac–in monsoon season, of course!

  • camorose

    I thought it was a joke at first–like, haha, monsoons in Arizona–but nope! True story.

  • I really like your pictures of Sedona when it is raining. I live in AZ but have not been there in the rain. Did you get to experience the “Haboob?” It is usually a giant dust storm that happens in the summer.

  • camorose

    Fortunately, no–we missed the Haboob! Maybe next trip πŸ™‚

  • Sometimes I like places more in the rain. Looks really cool. I didn’t make it out to Sedona, but I’m hoping to next time I travel the US! Great post.

  • camorose

    Thank you! It was a really cool experience πŸ™‚

  • Melissa

    Beautiful photos! Were these taken in July or August? We are planning a wedding in Sedona for July 31st, and are a bit worried about the rain now…but it seems that it comes quickly and clears? Did you find the evenings/sunset times were usually clear? πŸ™‚ Thanks!

  • camorose

    The photos were taken in July, but unfortunately, I can’t give too much advice–we were only there for a couple of days! Best to check in with a local πŸ™‚

  • Melissa

    Were they late July? πŸ™‚

  • camorose

    Mid-July!

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