Welcomed sight

Storm Clouds Over Phoenix

(click to see the image fit on your screen with a black border, or larger if you have an insanely huge monitor)

The clouds in this picture are child’s play compared to what is coming or what I’ve already seen this year. But it doesn’t matter…I am excited about them anyways. We haven’t had rain or a storm here in Arizona in probably a month and nothing like the towering monsoon storms that we get during the summers.

Yesterday officially launched my 2011 stormchasing campaign. I had daughter-duty, so we grabbed toys, snacks, juice, dvd player, movies and whatever else I could think of to keep this kid occupied all afternoon/evening. I grabbed the umbrella (which I knew would be pointless), tripod, camera bag and we ran out the door around 4:30pm. I would realize later that I remembered everything except to change out of my flip-flop sandals into sneakers. Dumb.

There are big ants and sharp pointy objects in the desert…just an fyi.

This is why I love my daughter (well one of the bazillion reasons): Before we left I said to Lyla…“Okay, you ready to chase some storms and see some cool clouds?”

And I swear she goes, without prompting:

“And lightning!”

Love.Her. And she’s just two and a half.

As soon as we left, she looks up…“Daddy, look at the clouds!”

What a trooper. We didn’t get home until 9pm and visited not only south of town but then all the way up to the Beeline Highway/Bush Highway intersection northeast of Phoenix. She was having a ball and it suddenly made this summer seem like it might be a bit more fun on days I take her with me.

We saw some things, ran into my buddy Chris Frailey and shot a bit together, but mostly it was just clouds like this. Rain fell, reports of hail in town…but tiny, brief, isolated incidents. This weekend, especially Monday, looks to be huge and I’m pumped.

Oh, btw, the lower left has some birds flying in the distance, those aren’t dust spots *grin*

(canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/16, iso 100, 1/125)

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

    Aaaahhhhh yeah! Here goes! Sick cloudscape, looking forward to seeing what you’re getting out there!

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

    Looking forward to next week dude. Should be fun. And yes don’t bring flip-flops to a photo outing in the desert. 😉 Love the clouds btw.

  • http://imagesbyjw.com Jan Winther

    Great shot. Next time you’re going with your daughter, give her a P/S (if you got one) and she what happens. You will be surprised. 🙂

  • http://goldenhourstudios.com Jesse

    You say child’s play, I say epic. Nice little story as well. Thats great you can take her with you and shes so excited about it.

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

    Man, you get some sweet clouds down there! Lyla is a chip of the old block huh? 🙂

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

    Love how you separated Lyla’s toys and your toy’s in the post. Nice. Hope they go crazy for you this weekend, and beautiful shot!

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

    We had a nice little downpour here at work yesterday afternoon, and had a little fall on me while driving home. I did head out to the southeast for a little while last night, but it really was more of a trial run than anything else. Really looking forward to the first real storms popping up, hopefully this coming weekend.

  • http://www.curtfleenor.com Curt Fleenor

    Looking good Mike, hopefully this is the start of a sweet summer of father/daughter storm chasing!

  • http://www.hansrico.com Hans

    “And lightning!” Love it! Those are times she’ll remember for the rest of her life! Lovely clouds! It’s something I never hope to take for granted.

  • jina

    Lyla + Stormchasing = Jina-Alone-Time

  • http://flatwhitephotography.com scott webb

    I love these shots of skyscapes. They never get old

  • http://hdrexposedphotography.com Dave DiCello

    Another masterpiece of a sky Mike, beautifully presented!