Willcox Shelf

One of the best nights of last summer…September 1st, sitting here just NE of Willcox with my buddy Chris Frailey shooting lightning for over an hour. We were in such a good spot to watch it get close, but never really overtake us, so we score far away bolts, then super close strikes…and this beautiful shelf cloud rolling towards us with tons of lightning underneath it.


A Bolt at Sunset
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Sometimes when you get such an amazing sunset going on and a storm is right there in front of you…a prayer escapes your lips. Please God…give me a lightning bolt right where I need it to be. Make it awesome.

And that’s what I did while standing here last night.

Thanks for the answered prayer.

The colors of summer in Arizona

The colors of the desert
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Here’s an early shot from last year…July 7th. I was desperate to get some storm chasing in before our vacation to Missouri, so when the storms weren’t close to home, I ended up near New Mexico. This was along Interstate 10 and Highway 191.

This is a simple photo really, but it also contains so much of what I love about the summer monsoon season. No, there is no giant haboob or rain storm…but this scene literally has all the colors of the rainbow in it. Greens, yellows, blues, purples, oranges. Plus it has the gorgeousness of Arizona…a desert with vibrant green brush from recent rains, beautiful mountains with the last bit of the sun giving them deep shadows…and of course, some dark, menacing clouds.

Page Ranch Road

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You know I’m a sucker for road shots. Honestly…when you are out chasing storms, sometimes that’s the best composition. And you gotta take advantage of it.

This was an image from the first few days of this year’s monsoon season. I was about to go on vacation for a week, so I was determined to capture as much as I could before leaving Arizona. On this late afternoon, I found myself in the southeastern part of the state…on Page Ranch Road near Highway 191 and Interstate 10. I was timelapsing a few things and waiting…knowing the storms would either get to me from New Mexico or they’d die out.

They didn’t really make it…but I was left with a beautiful monsoon sky as the sun went down…incredible pinks and purples and oranges.