Thursday, October 7, 2010

Sky Watch: Clouds with Virga Over the Canyon

I'll be regaling you all with countless, serene scenes of Fall color from Utah soon enough, but I thought I'd tease you with some black and white in the meantime.  This one just looks more foreboding in monochrome:)   I'm really disappointed if I travel somewhere to shoot and see nothing but blue skies... in this case the forecast held true and we had lots of interesting weather to go with the beautiful colors.  (No snow like I experienced a couple of years ago during the same weekend, though.)  This thunderstorm started as a little puff of cloud in the mid-morning and grew very rapidly as we were making our way down Bryce Canyon from point to point (my wife had never been here), finally dumping rain... and cooling the temperature from comfortable in a tee shirt to cool in a jacket, in a matter of a few minutes. It was pretty much like this every day, so a couple of times during the trip we had to give up or hurry up due to thunder and lightning, but overall it was very worth it for scenes like this and the temperature was quite pleasant the whole time.
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16 comments:

Tricia said...

Now that's an AWESOME capture & looks absolutely wonderful in b&w! That sky is definitely GOD showing off, I love it when he does that

Happy SWF

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

It is foreboding but also very dramatic.

Great photo.

kyungmee said...

It has been some time since my last visit to your blog...it is wonderful to come back to see more inspiring work! Beautiful work!

Gaelyn said...

After experiencing massive and awesome storms at this canyon, and talking to many visitors just coming from Bryce, I can truly imagine how dramatic those skies are also. I agree with the B&W on this capture and must remember to try that with some of my recent storm shots. Visited Bryce last month and hiked Navajo Loop and Wall Street. Absolutely amazing landscape, even with the deep blue skies. Are you headed to the North Rim?

Jack said...

Looks wonderful and it is definitely compatible with the black and white effects.


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ladyfi said...

Wow - so dramatic and spectacular!

Hankmann said...

Simply breath taking capture, thank you for posting this.

I agree, totally blue skies aren't too good for use as backdrops. There needs to be some clouds spread about, they add so much to the photo.

Catching a beautiful cloudburst or thunderstorm in the distance, is and added gift !

Mook said...

Looks like a world beyond a world, superb!

NatureFootstep said...

wow, that´s one special cloud system. And what a great caprute.

I visited Bryce canyon once and liked it a lot. Only trouble was we had too little time to enjoy it. But I know what the color of the rock is. :)

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Laura said...

amazing power in this image...spectacular!

Carolyn Ford said...

amazing sky! I agree...drama in the sky is the BEST! I found some in New Mexico and Arizona this past week and just loved it. I am dying to return to Bryce...this is simply beautiful!

storybeader said...

great mix of clouds! {:-Deb

Light and Voices said...

Your black and white photograph is awesome!
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daphne sy said...

brilliant work. . .how nice the sky!=)

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Emila Yusof said...

marvelous!

Øyvind Buljo said...

Hi, I just stumbled upon your blog, a lot of great photos here. Very nice sky and landscape in this one, Bryce is really a photographers dream. Cool in black/white, but I would also like to see it in colors, I know the colors in Bryce can be very beautiful :)

BR,

Øyvind