The dust bowl known as Phoenix

(click to view on black!)

I realized tonight that this image somehow never made it to the blog. I posted it on Flickr and Facebook, but I skipped it here because it took place during my OneQuestion series that I ran for the week of July 18th.

So that very same day, the 18th of July, we had our second big dust storm of the monsoon season. As it would turn out, it was just one of the first few in a line of five or six that have taken place this summer.

I’ve heard a lot of people comment on the number of them so far…that it seems more than any other year. I feel like we get dust storms every summer and 5-6 of them seems pretty normal to me. We had that giant one on July 5th, which was decidedly NOT normal, but the rest have just been the regular deal that comes with being part of the Arizona desert for the monsoons. There has also been some late evening ones that no one sees, they don’t come with a lot of strong wind, but you could walk outside at 11pm and notice a haze over the entire city.

It’s definitely had a unique feel to it. Your car…your house…your stuff…feels like it’s always coated in dust. The car wash places out here have reported booming businesses. Craziness.

This image was part of a timelapse that I did back on that same day.  I played with this one a bit, gave it that vintage-y look that I use on a lot of my portrait images, and I kind of liked it. The foreground is pretty dark because the sun was obscured by a huge storm cloud on the right, which still shining over the clouds on the left.

(canon 5d mark ii, tamron 17-35mm 2.8, f/16,  iso 100, 17mm, 1/15th)

  • Chris Frailey


  • Brian Furbush

    Whoa, nice shot man. Hard to get tired of such wild weather images!

  • Chris Nitz

    I think Stephen King called, and he wants to use this as the start to his next movie. I love the shot, but man am I just waiting for the aliens to emerge from the dust and lay waste to the city, MIB style.

  • Rick Young

    Nice work Mike

  • Len Saltiel

    Wow. Pretty amazing Mike. After seeing about 8 inches of rain this past weekend, dust might not be as bad as I thought.

  • A.Barlow

    Good lord man… That’s crazy. I’m really bummed all of this started happening right after I left from my trip there. 😐

  • Rick Louie

    I can’t imagine being swarmed in by dust and sand. Your probably making good money being a car wash facility! Love this shot and how there one “donut” whole of an opening in the sky.

  • Jesse

    So jealous of the clouds you have out there. The dust, not so much. Sick frame.

  • Scott Wood

    Very nice. I just wish we would get some rain to go with the dust. 🙂