Watchers of the Storm

Everyone has those “bucket list” shots you want to get someday. Yes, for me one of the big ones has to do with the weather. Shocked? Now, the shot above doesn’t completely satisfy my inner desire to get another shot like it, but it’s the kind I’m looking for.

I was inspired first by this photo taken by Sabrina Henry when she was in Africa. The way the cloud seems to appear on the horizon out of nowhere with a tree in front of it…just amazing perspective.

To me, there is something inspiring about a small silhouette of a tree or object, placed against the awesome power of a giant storm cloud. Trying to capture that is another story however. Arizona does offer tons of mountains, but “trees” are harder to come by unless you make it to higher elevations. So what do I have to work with down here?

Cactus.

The shot above combines a lot of stuff I love, obviously storms, clouds, a slightly black and white feel, and those little silhouettes. There is something so captivating for me about a giant monsoon cloud…the stuff going on inside it, the rain falling, the lightning that is sure to be exploding out of it…but it’s also just the sheer beauty of the way it develops so uniquely each time. I love the couple of saguaro cactus caught along the hilltop, seemingly watching the action happening just on the other side of the mountain.

Now, while this photo is dear to me, the bucket list version has me a lot closer to the cactus or tree, much like Sabrina’s photo. I’m still on the hunt for it…and probably like all photographers…when I do finally capture that “perfect” shot…I’ll be on the lookout for an even “more perfect” shot immediately thereafter.

As my buddy Brian mentioned this morning in his blog, sometimes we go back to the same spot over and over to take the same photo, but come away with something unique every time.

It’s kind of the same thing here. Once I get the shot I want, nothing will quench that desire to capture it again. Nothing.

It’s just who we are.

4 replies
  1. Brian Matiash
    Brian Matiash says:

    Love this shot. It’s simultaneously elegant and massive. Should be on the pages of NatGeo magazine. I look forward to heading out your way to shoot this stuff.

    And thanks for the pingback, amigo.

  2. sabrina
    sabrina says:

    Mike, this image has stirred a desire in me to visit Arizona. Then again I do have a weakness for big sky and clouds with character and this one is no exception.

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