We don't get a lot of rain during the summer here in the Southern California deserts but sometimes the thunder storms come up from down south. When they do it's often worth braving the heat to see something like this.
Late in the day, as I was leaving the Salton Sea, I thought there might be a nice sunset so I stopped to set up and wait. The sunset was somewhat disappointing because of a sudden buildup of thunder clouds. I was thinking of packing up but as the sun disappeared, the light came back up under the clouds and it started to rain over the mountains. This was what I saw… and how I painted it. Nature never ceases to amaze me!