desert morning rising

We rode into a morning sky that was dusty with flour-like earth from yesterday’s wind…colors were muted and the shapes of the distant landscape lived only in silhouette form….

desert morning rising

Heading east on the 303 in north Phoenix, Arizona.


24 responses

  1. Whenever I see one (or more), I think it would be cool to do . . . and then I remember . . . no visible means of support.

    This is an especially evocative shot.

    April 28, 2014 at 7:44 am

    • Thank you, Emilio. My wife and I went on a ride several years ago…nice winter morning…it was a blast. I don’t remember being concerned with the distance from the ground or no visible means of support…it was just a thrilling experience.

      May 5, 2014 at 6:38 am

      • It’s my overly-developed sense of ‘I don’t know the pilot, how careful they are, and has everything been maintained properly’.

        The idea is neat, and I’m sure it would be a great opportunity for photos.

        May 5, 2014 at 7:06 am

        • Yes, all of those things can get in the way of enjoying yourself up there…. Maybe I’ll get up there again someday…with a camera in hand.

          May 17, 2014 at 10:42 am

  2. Great shot! it was dusty, wasn’t it- the superstition mountains were shrouded from view for a lot of the day.

    April 28, 2014 at 9:49 am

    • Thank you, VR…and yes, it was rather dusty….

      May 5, 2014 at 6:38 am

  3. A dawn balloon trip across the desert would be a fun way to spend a few hours I reckon Scott!

    April 28, 2014 at 11:19 am

    • Yes, it would, Adrian. πŸ™‚

      May 5, 2014 at 6:39 am

  4. Liana

    I love this too much.

    April 28, 2014 at 11:35 am

    • I like that you do. πŸ™‚

      May 5, 2014 at 6:40 am

  5. gilhooley52

    Your photos make me miss home. Thank you!

    April 28, 2014 at 12:22 pm

  6. I’m gabberflasted….. the dust in the sky and the balloons are intriguing to say the least. My first glance had me thinking you had dust on your sensor. But then the image drew me in. Nice.

    April 28, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    • I’m sure there was a bit of dust on the camera…don’t know about inside, but you could still feel it in the air. I’m glad you liked it, Gunta…..thank you.

      May 5, 2014 at 6:42 am

  7. That’s an unusual color sky. It looks like it was going to be a hot day.

    April 28, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    • It was the dust diffusing some of the light, Allen…and I’m not sure about the temp that day, but I believe it was supposed to be up in the mid 90s. We were heading back to SLC, so we found cooler temps as the day progressed.

      May 5, 2014 at 6:44 am

  8. That is just an amazing picture! It makes me think of “Flying Mother Nature’s silver seed to a new home in the sun” (Neil Young).
    Here in the smallest state I live near turf fields which have a tradition of being hot air balloon lift-off and (hopefully) landing destinations. But it doesn’t look anything like that πŸ™‚

    April 29, 2014 at 6:41 am

    • Well, thank you…I can imagine that turf farms would make a great location for the balloon launches.

      May 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

  9. That’s lovely. Soft and gentle.

    April 29, 2014 at 10:30 am

    • Thank you, Meanderer.

      May 5, 2014 at 6:47 am

  10. Superb!

    April 29, 2014 at 12:53 pm

    • Thank you, Dreams and Zeros.

      May 5, 2014 at 6:48 am

  11. What a strange and interesting photograph. The balloons are like specs of rain at first, then like some mystical beings appearing and disappearing. Yes, sometimes a “dirty” sky can be an advantage, at least aesthetically!

    May 5, 2014 at 2:33 pm

    • Hmmm…yes, aesthetically…. πŸ™‚

      May 17, 2014 at 10:41 am

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