sipapu natural bridge

Sipapu Bridge

Sipapu is one of the three bridges in the Natural Bridges National Monument (the others are Kachina and Owachomo). In the Hopi language, sipapu is “place of emergence” (national monument sign) or “a symbolic portal from which the first human ancestors emerged” (Wikipedia).

In the southern hemisphere, Sipapu is the name of a spiritual sanctuary being built near La Torre on the Rio Tambopata.

As above, so below.

July 30, 2010. Natural Bridges National Monument, Utah.

the tail of the storm

the tail of the storm

rain curtains

Westbound on I-40 in New Mexico. This storm was immense, perhaps 5 miles wide: this is just the back end of a huge blackness in the sky. That’s the trailing edge of the rain curtain to the bottom right. The entire storm passed us by, some miles north of the interstate.

I used to see smaller storms – but just as dramatic – growing up in the farmlands of northeastern Indiana. It was very nice to see one again.

The second photo is more towards the storm’s center, and shows some of the rain curtains.

July 28, 2010. The Swedemobile’s passenger seat, I-40, New Mexico.