Ranger Kathryn's Arches

April 13, 2010

When the wind blows

Filed under: 1 — Kathryn Colestock-Burke @ 8:30 am
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Sporting the wind-blown look on a cliff top near Bootlegger Canyon

April is what it is. Spring winds keep blowing the dust and sand around, redistributing particles willy-nilly. It gets in our eyes, ears, and teeth, and some call it the “Moab facial.” Unlike in my homeland of Minnesota, it often does not lose its itensity after the sun goes down. One adapts.

While roving at The Windows yesterday, in the midst of this 30-mph vortex, a visitor pointed off to the heavy sky in the distance and asked, “Is that rain?” “No…” I explained, “that’s sand in the air. And it will be there for quite some time.” Last year under similar circumstances a sudden rainstorm created MUD SHOWERS as the drops cleaned the particulate matter from the atmosphere on their way down. I’d like to see that phenomenon.

After work there were a couple hours of sunlight remaining. A trip to a side canyon off Potash Road gave plenty of exploring opportunities; the accompanying wind-blown portrait comes from atop the sandstone cliffs. Hoping to find calm at the canyon head, I was drawn to the majestic cottonwood just leafing out, and the living-room-sized pond at its feet, but there was absolutely no abatement of the swirling air. I’m pretty sure it intensified in that bowl-like setting.

April is what it is.


  1. I seem to remember a similar wind forever changing the shape of your tent poles a few years back….

    Comment by john — April 13, 2010 @ 1:45 pm | Reply

  2. I remember a small one we had in Austin while I was on Oakland and had to stop the car on the middle of the road because I couldn’t see. It’s Amazing!! Trying to catch up with you some Kathryn! You are in a different world, that’s for sure. Looks like you are truely enjoying yourself 🙂

    Comment by Snow — April 14, 2010 @ 8:45 am | Reply

  3. Kathryn,

    Just had to say that you look wonderful! You are in your element…could this be a full time job for you?

    Comment by Chris — April 14, 2010 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

    • Well, I don’t know. The NPS hardly hires anybody full time. It could be a seasonal job, with stretches of “something else” in between… that would be nice.

      Comment by kath56ryn — April 14, 2010 @ 9:32 pm | Reply

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