Clouds and Sky Photos

The song America the Beautiful talks about “purple mountain majesty,” and the Arizona license plates depict mountains that are indeed purple. But of course it isn’t the mountains that are purple; it is the clouds and sky.
Certainly for pure dramatic effect, nothing beats a Western sky at sunset. But my frequent trips there as a kid taught me to look upward at both dawn and dusk, wherever I might be. And sure enough, I have found myself taking sunrise and sunset pictures in crowded cities and wide open deserts alike, in the West and in the East. Sometimes even right out my bedroom window, or through the front windshield.

Eagle Mountain palette splash, 2008

Eagle Mountain palette splash, 2008

 

Lunar eclipse time lapse, December 10, 2011

Lunar eclipse time lapse, December 10, 2011

 

 

Pockmarked sky, Fountain Hills, AZ, 2013

Pockmarked sky, Fountain Hills, AZ, 2013

 
 

 

High clouds and sky over Arizona house, 2006

High clouds and sky over Arizona house, 2006

 

Backlit cloud peak, 2006

Backlit cloud peak, 2006

 

Clouds at many levels over Eagle Mountain, 2008

Clouds at many levels over Eagle Mountain, 2008

 

Maryland bedroom window sunrise, 2006

Maryland bedroom window sunrise, 2006

 

I-270 in Maryland at 60MPG, 2007

I-270 in Maryland at 60MPG, 2007

 

Dramatic light over Alberta's Plain of the Six Glaciers, 2005

Dramatic light over Alberta’s Plain of the Six Glaciers, 2005