The open heavens

The heavens opened - monsoon sunset arizona

(please click to view on black // canon 5d mark ii, canon 17-40mm f/4 l, 35mm, iso 200, f/5.0, 1/100th // buy print)

I love taking pictures of lightning…it’s one of my favorite things when it comes to weather photography. But I also just love the raw power of a thunderstorm. And the beauty they contain.

This rain shaft…was a powerful thing. As I was driving west, I watched the base of the cloud get dark, textured and nasty. Next thing you know a wall of rain is falling to the ground. Most of the time this is enough to be a gorgeous example of nature…but on a lucky occasion you get to witness something like this with fantastic sunset colors mixing into everything.

I’ve seen sights like this before and it’s always incredible how the light and color from the sun bounces around these clouds and rain.

I couldn’t take enough pictures of it.

The season is winding down here…in fact, today may be the last good day left. There might be some spotty, random days before the monsoon is truly gone, but we’re close to the end here.

 

  • http://heathofee.com Heath O’Fee

    Blues and purples and pinks, oh my!

    Nice work, man.

  • http://www.lussierphoto.com Bob Lussier

    SWEET!

  • http://www.azweathershooter.com larry

    Great shot, Mike. I like the color and composition. Enjoying the season while it lasts!

  • http://www.bryansnider.com Bryan Snider

    Love the colors the rain shaft produces. Almost looks like a colorful waterfall.