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Storm Clouds Over The Estrella Mountains – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Earlier in September, the US Desert Southwest was the recipient of the remnants of a hurricane that moved over the Baja and then mainland Mexico and ultimately Arizona and New Mexico. It brought with it tropical moisture in the form of rain and for some parts of Arizona (Tucson area) lots of it. Here in the Phoenix area, we just received a very nice steady rain throughout one particular morning. As the rains subsided, I was headed out on an errand when I noticed the cloud play over our local mountains (the Estrella Mountains run across the southwestern portion of the Phoenix Metropolitan Area). I knew I had a photo opportunity brewing, so I drove towards the base of the mountains as far as I could without getting on dirt (mud) roads. I stopped at a couple of places and the attached five shots are from that morning.

This first shot gives you an idea of the cloud play along the mountain range. I love the look of these clouds of various shapes and sizes as they interact with the mountains at various elevations. The tallest mountain in this range is 4500 ft and is the sharp peak on the right. As I was taking back roads to get closer to the base of the mountains, it takes me into an agricultural area usually growing hay or cotton. This particular field looks like it was kept fallow for this growing season.

Storm Clouds 1

Storm Clouds 1


The second capture is closer to the base across another fallow field. I like the drama the contrast of the white and gray clouds create against the darkness of the actual mountains.

Storm Cloud 2

Storm Clouds 2


The last three attached pictures were taken when I got as close as I could without hiking or off-roading. I refer to these as this photographer’s artistic efforts in framing and composing shots.

Storm Clouds 3

Storm Clouds 3

Storm Clouds 4

Storm Clouds 4

Storm Clouds 5

Storm Clouds 5

Thoughts?

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Setting Sun On Storm Clouds – Excerpts From A Photo Shoot

During the summer months in this part of the planet, we get what is called monsoon thunderstorms. Tropical moisture from the Gulf of California and the Pacific Ocean is pulled up into the desert southwest here in the United States. With the heat and higher humidity, thunderstorms build during the day, sometimes very quickly and then the downpours begin. They can exhaust themselves almost as quickly as they form. All of that is to say, we get some pretty spectacular looking clouds during this process. I have attached two particular shots as an example. These shots were taken on different days, but in the same area of the sky from our house. In both cases the sun was setting and enhanced the look of the pictures with brilliant color.

I am getting ready to create two new prints for my Inspiration Gallery and had this overwhelming urge to locate two photographs such as these. This is a case where the picture is speaking to me before a bible verse or prayer. Sometimes it works that way, but usually I come across a verse or prayer first and then determine what art print or photograph to put it on.


The Setting Sun On The Developing Thunderheads

The Setting Sun On The Developing Thunderheads

And The Clouds Parted As The Sun Set

And The Clouds Parted As The Sun Set

I’ll share the finished prints when I have completed them, but wanted to share these two shots. Thoughts?


 

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