Tower of Dust

This was definitely one of the craziest sights I’ve witnessed stormchasing in Arizona. This was shot on May 9th, 2012, along Queen Creek road just east of Interstate 10.  The wall of dust had hit me and was moving by for about 10 minutes when I looked out the window and saw this bit of clearing and an insane view straight up to some epic clouds.

It didn’t last too long, another wave of thick dust was a few minutes away, but for a second the sky appeared to show a giant dust tower reaching for clouds. Without the color, it almost looked like a bomb or something, with a giant mushroom cloud at the top.

If you missed the timelapse from yesterday, check it out here.

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  • Chandra Miller

    Great Picture!

  • Jesse

    Intense, wow.

  • Jason Hines

    Love the timelapse Mike. Sounds like a fun day… I’m glad you got some action.

  • Justin

    The trailer for scale and the dusky/ominous mood at the bottom of the frame turns this from great into perfect. I love looking at the portrait work you do, but it’s the stormchasing that I find most compelling. I can’t wait to see what else you’ve got in store for us this season!

  • Ed Boik

    Mike, You’re convincing me to carry my camera everywhere I go. Nice shot.

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  • Tracy Eau Claire

    Whoa, awesome shots. I think it was the 9th when I caught this – from my front door in Gold Canyon – the second shot looks a tiny bit like yours.


  • Chris Maskell

    Superlatives fail me at this moment. WOW, Amazing

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  • Michael

    This is an incredible shot. It is so dramatic and awesome!

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