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Stormchasing: Scary clouds over the highway

My intention while I was out stormchasing was to get photographs that weren’t dominated by powerlines and other vehicles like a lot of severe weather photography is like these days. But I couldn’t resist the shot of these insanely crazy clouds over this road and the car of a few other stormchasers I was following along with.

These guys were great…they pulled over alongside me earlier and asked if I was chasing, so we chatted and kind of stuck together for awhile. Good guys and it was amazing to find out how friendly people were. I met another stormchaser while out there and he was just as nice a guy. Must be a fun fraternity to be a part of out there.

Highway 60 to Superior

Not too long ago I posted photos from our little visit to the area west of Superior, Arizona in search of the wildflowers. Along the way, as I was running back and forth across Highway 60 to snap some shots, I stopped in the middle and looked east…immensely enjoying the road curving off in the distance and the mountain on the horizon.

I am in love with road photos…there is just something that connects me with seeing the way a line of striped pavement runs off into the horizon or bends to disappear around a hill.

You can see a slideshow of all my favorite road photos on my gallery. It’s sort of small now, but this summer I expect it to triple in size from the storm chasing I’ll be doing. The only thing better than a road photo is one with storm clouds hovering in a menacing way.

A tour of Wasatch, Utah: Part 3

Part 3 of my little series of photos of the Wasatch National Park east of Salt Lake City. I visited there last week for work and got a chance to escape and explore the mountains a bit. Needless to say, I loved the snow and the trees and the roads…such a great time.

A tour of Wasatch, Utah: Part 2

The second part of my series of photos taken in the Wasatch National Park just east of Salt Lake City, Utah. Such an amazing drive, temperatures dropped into the teens, it was snowing and the views were awesome.

I loved the little bush/tree on top of this mini-peak.

Hope this guy doesn’t have to go anywhere soon.

Great tree overlooking a little valley.

A balancing act.

Roads and roads…and I still have a few more road shots.

A tour of Wasatch, Utah: Part 1

Wasatch National Park is just east of Salt Lake City and essentially is nothing but high, snowy mountains and low creeks where the valleys are. I was able to get away from work a little early yesterday and had a good amount of time to explore. I took waaaay too many photos, so this is just the first entry in a little series I’ll be doing.

This was shot from a cemetery in Dell’s Dimple as I approached the Wasatch area. I loved the clouds and the big tree on the left.

Green, brown…interesting mixtures.

I took many, many shots from the road…this is one with falling snow and swirls of it sweeping across the roadway.

See, more roads! Powerlines suck usually, but I didn’t mind these.

These Aspen trees are without leaves and really looking amazing against these hills. Would love to see them in the summer!

Storms over the Superstition Mountains

I think I talked about this road I discovered solely by accident about a month ago. Brown Road going east from the 202 turns into Lost Dutchman. At Idaho Road it’s at the peak of a low hill and suddenly you get this amazing view of the Superstition Mountains.

The first time I saw it was when I was shooting around those mountains and just headed west on that road. When it reached the hill, I stopped because there were storms to the west and I could see them clearly there.

However, as I got out of the car…I turned east and this picture below is what I saw. I’d never have noticed it if I hadn’t stopped. It was breathtaking to see the low clouds cascade over the top of the cliffs.

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So on Monday afternoon I headed back out there because I could see some amazing cloud structures out that way, but I had no idea what I’d actually end up seeing once I got closer.

A storm was approaching from the west and I saw the Superstitions lit up with sunlight which wouldn’t last much longer with the dark clouds approaching. It was a race to get there and snap a few photos. 10 minutes after I was done, the sunlight disappeared.

So here are two photos below, one in color and one in black and white. I like to call this photo “Close Encounters” because it certainly reminds of me of that mountain in the movie. The clouds really add to the awe of what you are seeing.

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These two photos can be cropped to fit any frame. I love the wider, panoramic style, but a cropped version still has a nice look to it.