January 18, 2019 Imperial Dam LTVA, California

Gray Skies over the Desert
Gray Skies over the Desert

A Little Different Weather

I had gone 26 days here in the desert without needing to take out my little 2000 watt generator to recharge my batteries. I almost never use my larger onboard generator unless I need to bake something in my large electric toaster oven, so that hasn’t been used either. This has probably been the longest streak of 100% solar power electricc I have ever gotten where I have never even dropped the batteries below 70 %, much less the 50%.

Gray Skies over the Desert
Gray Skies over the Desert

But finally that streak came to an end this week as we had three straight days of pretty much solid cloud cover with the last two days actually producing rain, the last day several hours of real rain, as in steady showers, not just a sprinkle here and there.

Gray Skies over the Desert
Gray Skies over the Desert

With some more dramatic skies I did venture out and drive over to the north shore of Senator Wash Reservoir here at the LTVA and shot a few desert shots looking north over the wilderness area adjacent to the LTVA.

Senator Wash Reservoir
Senator Wash Reservoir

This reservoir is used to store water for irrigation in the valley. The power station pumps water from the river to the reservoir during times of high flow and releases it to the irrigation canals when river flow is low, same principle as the pumped storage projects for hydro electric power back east (I worked on two such facilities construction way back in my youth).

Maltese
Senator Wash Reservoir

Pearl, the intrepid Desert Explorer.

Maltese
Desert Explorer

After more than 40 years of owning this breed of dog, I still get a kick out of how they act like, and obviously truly believe, they are real dogs. Let her off leash and she bounds off, nose to the ground, fearlessly tracking scents, for exactly what purpose I’ll never know.

2 thoughts on “January 18, 2019 Imperial Dam LTVA, California”

  1. Beautiful! We are enjoying some wonderful scenery too. The area around Ft. Huachuca, AZ is really beautiful. Ran into a large group of bird watchers who travel here from all over to spend some days hiking and getting pictures of birds. We’ve been to Tombstone and Bisbee and some spots in the mountains around here. Anyway, stay well and keep those beautiful pictures coming.

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