Waves in the Desert

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I’m pretty tired right now. I get back in town tomorrow afternoon, but will be back here in Vegas all next week. Long days, focused work…draining. I’ll be a happier man once vacation gets here in mid-May. I can’t wait to see some of our family living in Memphis.

This is another photograph from last Sunday morning’s trip along the Apache Trail in search of those wonderful morning-after-a-storm pictures that I love. The scene has a lot of crazy elements to it, including a solo Saguaro cactus, low-lying foggy clouds hugging the valleys between mountain ranges, snow on the Four Peaks on the left horizon and some absolutely gorgeous clouds creating an ocean-like waves in the sky.

My love for this time of day is growing. Up before dark, headed out somewhere just waiting for the sun to rise…and just exploring the place you are at, looking for something unique and interesting. It’s always an adventure.

(exif: canon eos 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, iso 100, f/16)

  • http://www.chrisnitz.com Chris Nitz

    I love the cactus and the sky on this photo. Wonderful and calming shot!

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Great shot, Mike. Those low hanging clouds in the background are awesome.

  • http://axphotography.wordpress.com/ Scott Ackerman

    Sweet shot. Love the gradient in the sky along with the clouds! Great shot!

  • http://chrislazzery.com Chris Lazzery

    Always an adventure indeed. Nice morning light here. The shot wouldn’t be half as good if you hadn’t included that cactus. Solid eye.

  • http://scottwyden.com Scott

    I love how natural this looks.

  • http://adaynotwasted.com Lee Brown

    Nice layering of the subject matter Mike. Communicates the mood of the scene nicely too.

  • http://www.brianfurbush.com/blog Brian Furbush

    Nice shot Mike – you crushed it with the sky dominating the frame.

  • http://www.chrisfrailey.com Chris Frailey

    Nice shot Mike. Love the clouds.

  • http://photostry.com Kristi Hines

    Absolutely beautiful. I really like the low clouds over the mountains.

  • http://www.lightasmagic.com Justin

    Beautiful scene!

  • http://theperfectsunset.net Jason Hines

    Love this scene Mike. It was more fun that I thought the other morning shooting the sunrise. It’s very peaceful at that hour.

  • http://www.stevebeal.com Steve Beal

    What a sky! Beautiful scene Mike.

  • http://www.cdeangelisphotography.com/ Chris DeAngelis

    Awesome shot Mike, love the clouds!

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

    Gorgeous shot Mike. I love those low hanging clouds.

  • http://www.nomadicpursuits.com Jim Nix

    Those ARE great clouds! Nice work, Jim

  • http://www.myuglyphotos.com/ Ryan Sexton

    For once I dont agree with everyone else’s comments. The clouds are OK, but that cactus makes the photo in my opinion.

  • http://www.stefanie-hoepner.de/blog Stefanie

    Beautiful shot! Love the light in the clouds! Morning light is so special!