Thursday, November 9, 2017

Desert Storm

Well, not the Desert Storm. I was looking through my photo files and thinking about what to post this week when I came across some shots I took a little over a month ago. They are some of my all-time favorite sky shots, and they darn near slipped through the cracks because I thought I already posted them! Anyway, we were out in the desert during one of those very rare rainstorms. The sky around our house was a dull gray and totally uninspiring. I decided to drive into Joshua Tree National Park, thinking the skies would likely be the same dull gray, and with the rain, I probably wouldn't even get out of the car. Boy, was I wrong!

As I headed into the Park through the 29 Palms entrance, the sky did look dull and gray to the west. To the south, things looked more interesting, and I could see some patches of blue. So I headed south on Pinto Basin Rd., exited at Stirrup Tank Rd., parked, and could hardly believe my luck!
Big, swooping clouds; beautiful late afternoon light; pink mist where rain was falling on the horizon; and even some patches of blue. It doesn't get much better than this!



Does it make for superior sky shots if you hike to the top of a big rock formation and get closer to the clouds?? I'm not sure, but we could go ask that guy. Do you see him? I was hearing thunder booms and remember thinking that standing on top of that rock formation might not be such a great idea!

 Easier to see him in this photo and the next.


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37 comments:

  1. Wow! What awesome storm skies! So glad you came across these fantastic photos again to share with us!

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  2. I can see why these are some of your all-time favorites...kudos...

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  3. Amazing shots. I would agree, that guy is not in a good place if there were to be lightening.

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  4. A beautiful set of images. I like that you happened across a guy on the rock as it seems to desolate out there.

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  5. Lucky for us that you found these shots they are wonderful. That guy is making me nervous and I know it long after the event. When I was a kid we lived close to the continental divide in New Mexico and you talk about lighnning storms. Mom would make go into the garage and get in the car and sit there until they quit. Anyway we had a family friend get hit by lightning and die way back then.

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  6. I couldn't believe MY eyes either! That first one is my fave... Really amazing images!

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  7. wow these are super gorgeous. I can almost imagine a bolt of lightning streaking through the sky over his head.

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  8. Those are perfect desert storm skies. We're not as dry as you where I live, but it's still pretty dry and we can get some great summer storms.

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  9. Those are amazing sky photos! Once in a lifetime, and you were there! Glad you made the effort and shared them with us.

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  10. Truly Awesome sky views. Great photography.

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  11. Wow! What fabulous skies made even better by those wonderful rock formations! The person on the top does give perspective to how enormous they are!

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  12. And it would likely be a big problem for you too, if he was suddenly hit by lightning! These sights are all great, especially with those front rocks at the 2nd pic which is my favorite.

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  13. Amazing skies. If the shots taken from the top of the rock are better than these then I'd love to see them!

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  14. Brilliant, it was worth effort. Think I'd have been up on the rock with my iphone out taking a photosphear. Did you talk to him

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  15. Amazing, fabulous photos. Have a lovely weekend!

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  16. LOVE the clouds - you don't get to see these massive views in the city:) Great capture at the end of another massive thing - that rock!

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  17. Amazing sky and fantastic photography and wonder about that guy on top of the rock too ~

    Happy Weekend to you ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. All breathtakingly amazing shots!

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  19. You are an amazing photographer. I just can hardly wait each week to see what you have posted. You have outdone yourself. Have a great week-end.

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  20. Those really are spectacular sky shots!

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  21. In German I would say: Atemberaubend! In english : breathtaking sky!
    Greetings and thank you for this pictures!
    Kirsi

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  22. What an awesome park. I an't believe you forgot these shots! That dude better get down before he gets struck by lightning! I sound like a mom, don't I? Great shots!

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  23. I've never seen a desert storm, looks foreboding and awesome

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  24. wow, that was special. Truly special. And you got really great images. Never seen anything like it. Beautiful.

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  25. Wonderful shots - I really would like to see how you reacted to Central Australia.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  26. All of these photos are fantastic Pete. The first one however, is truly AMAZING! It is surreal, a bit scary, and beautiful.

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