the approaching storm

I made these images from atop some of our local desert hills, Sunday, looking west, then north, and then west again as the clouds rolled in and did their thing….

Desert Clouds over Desert Hills


Approaching storm over Desert Hills


Distant rain over Desert Hills


Wall of storm clouds rolling-in over north Phoenix


26 responses

  1. I’ll bet they were a welcome sight in Arizona.

    December 21, 2014 at 3:51 pm

    • Always, Allen….

      December 22, 2014 at 7:13 pm

  2. Interesting landscapes.

    December 21, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    • They can be compelling, for sure.

      December 22, 2014 at 7:14 pm

  3. LB

    Wow! The clouds are incredible; and the third one down with the rain … great shot!

    December 21, 2014 at 6:26 pm

    • Yes, the clouds can be rather incredible out here…and I had never seen it raining like that until I moved here to Arizona years ago.

      December 28, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  4. Very nice. I once watched a thunderstorm go by below us . . . we were at the 12,000 ft level of Pikes Peak (an area called Devil’s Playground). Awesome stuff, weather . . . when you can watch it from afar.

    December 21, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    • That would be a fantastic show…to see a lightning storm happening below you. Did you happen to capture any images of it?

      December 28, 2014 at 2:12 pm

      • I tried shooting bursts, and random shots, and what I could think of, but no luck. I did not have the tripod for a timed exposure, and I kept trying to find a sloped rest for the camera, but that was when I still had the D100, no live view, etc. Wasted a lot of shots before giving up and just enjoying the show.

        When home I looking into shooting lightning, and they have a auto-trigger that would have done the job . . . for $300 (cheaper now).

        December 28, 2014 at 2:22 pm

  5. What fabulous clouds and hopefully they bring relief without the floods?

    December 21, 2014 at 11:12 pm

    • Hmm…they didn’t bring much in the way of relief, Gunta…fierce looking, but short in duration.

      December 28, 2014 at 2:13 pm

  6. Smashing series Scott!

    December 22, 2014 at 4:40 am

  7. Interesting view. I might not be there waiting for a storm. But you did great photos.

    December 22, 2014 at 5:28 am

    • Thank you, Bente…I made sure that I was down off the top of the “mountain” before it started raining…and I didn’t see any lightning or hear any thunder, so it was relatively safe all around.

      December 28, 2014 at 2:14 pm

  8. There is really something magical about an approaching storm, and I always feel privileged to witness one. I wish you well in SLC and can’t wait to see what you do with your new environs. We passed through there just a few weeks ago, and just loved the area.

    December 22, 2014 at 7:30 pm

    • There aren’t usually many storms here in Phoenix, so yes, it’s always wonderful to watch them come in. And…you know that I’m back here now, out of Salt Lake, and back in Phoenix, right? I’ve been trying to find the beauty in the desert, something that I didn’t take many opportunities to do before moving up to Utah. So were you here in Phoenix, or up in the SLC area?

      December 28, 2014 at 2:24 pm

  9. Scott, you’ve sure gotten the hang of photographing the desert! Makes me miss seeing those scenes that I loved very much!

    December 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm

    • I’m glad you’ve been enjoying the desert images, Terry…it’s rather similar to me enjoying your forested mountain shots now that I’m gone from that area myself….lots of memories…and I still miss it incredibly.

      December 28, 2014 at 2:27 pm

  10. Even after a few views of your local landscape I’m beginning to get my bearings. The view along the ridge expresses the scale and space beautifully.

    December 24, 2014 at 1:53 am

    • How nice that you’re learning your way around again, John…and yes, that perch along the ridge-line does give quite a view.

      December 28, 2014 at 2:29 pm

  11. I really enjoyed your posts over this past year and look forward to sharing your thoughts in 2015. Have a very Merry Christmas and enjoy the New Year…May each day bring you special moments.

    December 25, 2014 at 2:42 am

    • Thank you for being here, Charlie…and thank you for the well-wishes for the holidays. I hope you and your loved ones also have a peaceful season.

      December 28, 2014 at 2:30 pm

  12. Stunning views, phenomenal clouds…so dramatic!!

    January 3, 2015 at 7:30 am

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