Storms rolling across the Arizona desert

This morning I woke up, looked outside and saw fluffy clouds. The photographer switch inside of me was instantly ignited and I left the house after a few minutes.

We just haven’t seen any weather in weeks and weeks…for a guy like me, that’s an eternity! It didn’t even look that spectacular out there, and in fact, the clouds you see above were the stormiest of anything and they didn’t even drop any rain.

This picture almost didn’t happen. In fact, most of my best shots end up being unplanned.  I had been shooting the clouds, the sky and some rays of the sun shining through. As I was leaving, I noticed this dead log just a few feet from where I had been standing. How on earth did I miss it before???

Anyways, I ran up and snapped this photo.  Love the sky framed with the foreground. I also love the golden field in the distance…which was green just a few weeks ago. You can already see dead tumbleweed next to this log. That tire hanging off the branch just adds an interesting element.

I shied away from HDR on this one and instead just went with an exposure blend.

3 replies
  1. Bob Lussier
    Bob Lussier says:

    Mike, this is one killer shot! Love the foreground element, but I especially love the detail in the clouds and the way they pull your eye to the mountains on the horizon. This is a “wish I was there” shot!

  2. Mike
    Mike says:

    Thanks so much Bob! Yeah, the clouds were my favorite part and I was just lucky enough to find a nice foreground to frame them perfectly.

    Thanks for stopping by!

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