Five Shots: Stormy Sunsets

A storm is brewing in the Verde Valley. This time of year in North Central Arizona means dramatic cloud formations and breathtaking sunsets. Here are some shots I rediscovered in my gallery. Clouds in a big sky are liberating, do you agree?  

1. Snow Creeps Over Mingus Mt.
2. Pink Mashup
2. Pink Mashup
3. Pumpkin Sky
3. Pumpkin Sky
4. Bruised Streaks
4. Bruised Streaks
5. Infinite Layers
5. Infinite Layers
6. Cloud Explosion
6. Cloud Explosion
7. Honey Syrup
7. Honey Syrup

Which one do you like best? 

31 thoughts on “Five Shots: Stormy Sunsets

  1. I’ve always imagined Arizona to be desert and dry though I do remember Flagstaff as being different to that. This reminded me it does rain there and the photos are superb.

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    1. Hi, Ian. Yes, Phx looks like Mars and it takes talent to ignore the shrubbery and focus on the cool horizon shapes and skies. North Central AZ is greener and far less hot. This morning I’m wearing a stocking hat and gloves as I take Bear for his morning walk. It’s 48 degrees and lightly raining.

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  2. Glorious. Words really can’t do justice.

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    1. Paul, you are so kind. I feel the same way about the skies here. The pictures try, but I can’t grab all the beauty.

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      1. I’m sure I’ve said it before, but your “magic hour” photographs remind me of Terrence Malick and Days of Heaven!

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  3. “Bruised Streaks” is the sky for me/ Thanx again, fellow film fan/ Your own SouthWest scouted film sites are agreeable as you take advantage of the magic time when the light is just right, pleasing & golden

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    1. Welcome, Nameless. Gee, I wish I could call you one 😉 Thanks for the comment and voting. Dusk is my favorite time of day. The clouds never disappoint.

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  4. I like #6. Forty years ago now, I used to go camping in the Scottish Highlands and the best bit was the mist and cloud blowing in front of a mountain peak. Excellent photo!

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    1. Hi John! Nature sure can be comforting. My old shots of the Scottish Highlands from the early 80s show that mist and rolling clouds, too. Fast forward, Mingus Mt. at certain times, echos favorite places.

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  5. Great shots as usual, Cindy. I have to go with ‘pink mashup’ on this occasion, because I have not seen anything like it. I was left imagining an alien invasion!
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Ha! A tangible life force of something! It’s easy to see pink elephants fly here. 😉

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  6. Every one a marvel. For its eloquent simplicity I choose the first

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    1. Thank you, Derrick. Mingus is at 9,000 ft. It seemed dwarfed by the cloud mass coming in. A little on the scary side, too, like the blob rolling in. 😉

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  7. Wonderful stormy sunset pictures, I particularly like the Pink Mashup. That one is beautiful and strange, almost like its on another world because of such an unusual color.

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    1. I agree! It does feel unworldly here. And I feel very, very small.

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      1. Stunning scenery, those pictures really capture the story feel of the weather!

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        1. Thanks, Paul. I appreciate you saying so.

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  8. All nice ones, Cindy, but I’ll be seasonal and take Pumpkin Sky.

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    1. What a rich color it was. Thanks, Rick.

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  9. WOW! Stunning shots. Pumpkin Sky and Cloud Explosion. Breathtaking.

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    1. Hi there, Keith! Thanks for your vote. We have access to so much space, it’s easy to look up and capture the drama of it.

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  10. Hi, Cindy:

    ‘Bruised Streaks’ is very reminiscent of a sunset I shot on the coast west of Tampa, FL.

    Second would be ‘Cloud Explosion’. Reminds me of the sky just before Ball Lighting rolls across the night sky!

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    1. Hi Kevin, thank you for popping ’round today :). I never tire trying to capture the colors. Yesterday a rainbow looked like it was digging into a fold of the mountain side. Really interesting colors.

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  11. These are great photos! I’ve fallen behind in reading your blog. I’m going back now and reading what I’ve missed.

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    1. You are great! I appreciate your following.

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  12. Love your innovative titles; Pink Make-up, Pumpkin Sky, Honey Syrup etc etc ….
    Love all your pictures, but I think Cloud Explosion and Honey Syrup are my favourites!!!

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    1. Hi and thanks for the vote and compliment, Nuwansen. The colors out here never disappoint.

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  13. They’re all beautiful but the third one is my favourite.

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    1. Thanks, Abbi. I liked the silhouette of the hills and the blackness of the moment.

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  14. Sunset photos with clouds, so beautiful all of them. I’ll go Bruised Streaks.

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