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Eagletail Wilderness Area, near Tonopah, Arizona, 2012

Eagletail Wilderness Area, near Tonopah, Arizona, 2012

I caught sight of these mountains while traveling between Los Angeles and Phoenix along Interstate 10. The mountains in themselves are impressive, but not in themselves worthy of a photo stop – we came through this area around three in the afternoon, and a high scorching sun rendered the scene essentially neutral. However, the weather gives us a bonus here. It is Arizona’s monsoon season and severe wind, dust, and rainstorms were in the area. Huge cumulous clouds, layered with bluish lenticular clouds, loom over the mountain range, and dictated a sudden stop. I scrambled up on to the shoulder of the highway and quickly made this image. Because of those clouds, this landscape changes from a post card view to an image of an oncoming deluge

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
1/2000s f/10.0 at 124.0mm iso160 full exif

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