Ocotillo Wall Cloud

This is the second image in what will end up being many, many photos from the recent severe weather in Arizona. These storms were much more Midwest-like than anything we’re used to, especially up in northern Arizona where they now have confirmed six tornadoes touched down in a matter of 12 hours.

The title of this photo calls that low hanging, dark area a wall cloud. I don’t necessarily remember seeing a ton of rotation in the thing, but then again, I had my lightning trigger out and was focused on trying to capture that stuff. I was barely paying attention to anything else but the bolts hitting towards those mountains…until I realized how awesome the cloud looked and how green and brilliant this Ocotillo cactus was. A perfect frame for a desert storm.

For those living here, I photographed this down on Interstate 8 between Casa Grande and Gila Bend.

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Seriously can’t get enough of these clouds! The sheeting rain in the background is amazing too…great shot!

  • Tanya

    Very cool shot!

  • http://worldofhdr.com Tobias George

    Very impressive shot Mike, looking forward to more from the storms!! Agree with Heath about the rain.

  • http://www.myblueheaven.com Scott Wood

    Awesome shot. I love the foreground contrast to the clouds.