Well, not the very last shutter clicks, but damn close. Aside from the long drive home, Sedona, AZ was the last place we visited. It was magnificent – as usual – except for the fact that it was boringly sunny. And I say that from a photographic point of view. If you live in western NY, where the snow is still flying from time to time, “sunny” is definitely not boring. Warm and sunny is especially not boring. But sunshine in the desert tends to be very bright and contrasty. If making photographs is one of your goals, you’d like to see some clouds and shadows. Something to dampen things down a bit. Something just a little bit “atmospheric”.
For most of this trip we really didn’t get that. We got “clear and sunny”. I would have loved to have seen a desert storm. Alas, no such luck. I still enjoyed the bright warm days, but the pictures ain’t going to be classics.
On the last evening, though, Barb called me out onto the deck that surrounded our hotel. Clouds had appeared just as the sun was setting. Hey, clouds is clouds. In the desert you take what you get. And overall it wasn’t too bad. The above image is mine, taken near the end of the “light show”. The cloud was basically circular in shape and its base had turned bright red. It also had what appeared to be streamers coming out of the top. It kind of looked like an upside down fire.
The best image Barb took (in my opinion) was just before the red coloration started.
For whatever reason, the clouds in this image look ominous and threatening. They weren’t, of course, but what the heck. They made a nice image.
After a few days of driving, we’re close to home. The clouds outside are real and and much more threatening. Thunderstorms, lightning, hail – all that good stuff. And there’s a high wind warning in effect for tomorrow in Rochester (with showers). Welcome home.