Rain Day In Abiquiu New Mexico

lavender at the purple adobe lavender farm rebecca mir grady

In June, we had a Saturday of rain. The first real all-day kind of rain day that we’ve had here in New Mexico, since Sonia and I moved here in the winter. We’ve had rains, sure, but sporadic storm style. A downpour in the middle of the night, or a late afternoon shower. But not the it’s gloomy, all day, put on a raincoat all day kind of rain. So when it came - I wanted to be outside. We drove to Abiquiu to see the lavender that was just starting to bloom at the Purple Adobe Lavender Farm. I wanted to see what New Mexico looked like in the rain.

rain day at the lavender farm
Field of lavender
lavender farm

Everything was green and purple. There were rows and rows of different kinds of lavender. Some of which was blooming, and some were just green and getting ready for it. I had read earlier that mid-July is the high season for lavender and typically when a lot of the harvesting is done. And true enough, the farm was only partly purple. I am definitely going back in a week or two - I want to see ALL purple.

lavender in new mexico
lavender farm
labyrinth, lavender, tea house right this way!

labyrinth, lavender, tea house right this way!

It was quiet. We walked through the lavender to the Tea House and ordered a lavender gelato. We sat outside. There was a break in the rain, and it was windy and misting. We watched the clouds blow by.

Sonia walked the labyrinth, while I photographed the lavender.

A nice place to sit in the wind

A nice place to sit in the wind

Hiding in the trees at the farm

Hiding in the trees at the farm

purple adobe lavender farm
Clouds at the lake

Clouds at the lake

We drove towards Abiquiu Lake, to investigate the beaches for future swimming. When we first got there, it was dark and chilly and the sky looked amazing and ominous, and the lake was dark, reflecting the sky. Secretly I’d been hoping to see a storm take off over the lake. But over the next few minutes the skies cleared, the rain went away and the lake completely changed.

abiquiu lake
abiquiu lake

Cerro Pedernal in the clouds. Georgia O’Keefe’s ashes are scattered at the top.

abiquiu dam

We drove up to the dam. The water was really low. I wasn’t here last year, so I can’t say what the dam looked like then,  but the water was definitely below the normal waterline. Monsoon season is supposed to start early this year, and I’m hoping that it does. Many of the forests in New Mexico are closed because of the drought, so we’ll take any and all of the rain that we can get.

It's the fourth of July today, and this also means it's SUMMER. So I'm hoping that it will also mean rainy season soon. 

I’ve been thinking about writing + drawing this post as a kind of rain dance, a rain writing. A way of asking for rain, and I’m feeling pretty optimistic about it, since I just checked the weather on my phone and the 10 day forecast has a thunder cloud for every day. 💕💕💕

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