Fire ahead

Sunset Arizona Lake Pleasant

Man I had a tough time last night. I had never been up to Lake Pleasant northwest of Phoenix, but that kind of where this storm was headed, so I thought it would be pretty awesome to capture the sunset glowing over a lake.

But I didn’t know the area very well, so by the time the sunset was arriving, I was still trying to find out how to get down to the water. Plus the gas light started coming on intermittently, and with a 1994 4Runner, you aren’t going to have a ton of miles left to find a station. Not to mention my daughter was in tow!

So that basically led to me finding this quick stretch of road and snapping pictures right there. It actually feels like it’s been awhile since I’ve taken a photograph from the middle of a highway, something I absolutely LOVE doing, so it kind of ended up alright.

The “storms” we had last night amounted to just some low-topped cumulus that dropped light rain here and there. This particular storm cell was dropping it thicker than the rest, so I kept following it, hoping if I get it between myself and the setting sun, I might get a cool show.

Shore ’nuff, the sun started glowing through the falling rain and made the horizon look like it was on fire. Gorgeous. Colors were just sick.

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, 17mm, f/10, iso100, 1/4 sec)

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    What an amazing view! Great capture dude

  • Tobias George

    A really cool shot! Love the fire in the sky on the horizon… so good!

  • Chris Nitz

    Totally love that sky and how the road leads you right into the fire in said sky. So, so good!

  • Brian Furbush

    This is absolutely unreal Mike – gorgeous leading lines from the road, and just beautiful sunset light.

  • Curt Fleenor

    Sick is right…otherworldly man!

  • Scott Wood

    I was up at Lake Roosevelt for the sunset and sadly the color never happened up there. From the looks of it, it was much better in and around the valley.

  • A.Barlow

    Man, that’s some gorgeous light.

  • Scott Ackerman

    Love how the road takes you right back into the sunset! Great work man.

  • Chris Frailey

    I tried capturing south mountain like this but the colors weren’t quite there. Nice one Mike. Glad the gas didn’t totally run out on you. 😉

  • Rick Young

    You were 5 minutes from my house you dork.

  • Jesse

    Easy call for shot of the day here. Just a masterful image between the framing, composition, and gorgeous sky. Winner.

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    How the devil am I supposed to pick my jaw up off the floor? Astounding shot here, Mike!!!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    That red sky is sick! Great capture. Love the road shot!

  • Jan Winther

    Spectacular colors. Looks like horizon is on fire. Awesome.

  • Sean

    Great image Mike!!!