Image: Rohit Chhiber
A monsoonal storm approaches White Sands National Park in New Mexico.
From North America to the Amazon, from Sri Lanka and Northern Australia, the monsoon rains are an eagerly awaited event in many parts of the world. Here are some stormy photos of this extraordinary weather phenomenon, and the stories of the landscapes within them.
The sand grains at White Sands National Park are made from translucent gypsum. Wind movement rubs sand grains against each other, scratching them so that they appear white. The North American monsoon is often called the Desert Monsoon, as a large part of the affected area is arid or semi-arid. However, with the seasonal rains come many wildflowers can only bloom thanks to the annual downpour.