I recently spent four days in southwest Texas photographing the desert landscape. My plan was to be in the middle of the wet season (late June to early September) and take advantage of clouds, atmosphere and fewer visitors in this normally dry, blue-sky area. Well, apparently the weather missed the “wet” memo. There were some isolated thunderstorms the first afternoon / evening I was there, but that was it. Clear blue skies, hot and dry* …although to be honest, it didn’t feel nearly as all-emcompassingly hot as it does here in Louisiana now that I’ve returned home.
* Ironically, when I’ve come to this same area for astronomy over the past 30+ years, clear dry skies would be desired and appreciated (although not in-frequently weren’t the rule of the day). Of course, now that I came looking for clouds…
Given the clear skies I had to do whatever I could do and these photos were the result. I’ve not posted everything here and there are some more on my Flickr Photostream if you’re interested.
Canon T8i / 850D, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4.5 DC Macro, Canon EF 70-200 f/4L, ART 1.21, Affinity Photo 2.1
(Apologies for the width of the panos, but due to the long aspect ratio they go to nothing when reduced excessively)
The heavens open up above Blue Mountain
With the first day’s showers just dying off, I was driving 60 miles to a sunset location when I saw this scene. I pulled over, hastily shot a pano and roared off again to make my appointment with the sun. Don’t look too closely – You can see it was hastily done. I’ll just say “black and white covers a multitude of sins” and leave it at that…
Sawtooth Mountain rainbow
Davis Mountains golden hour
Star Mountain in the morning light, viewed from Wild Rose Pass
Amtrak Station, Alpine, Texas
Alpine, Texas golden hour