It was just before sunset. The sky was scattered with some potentially threatening clouds. The sun was close to the horizon, slipping in and out from behind the clouds, and leaving golden streaks across the white and grey of the looming overcast. Behind it all was the bluest of blue skies. It was a marvelous sight.
I stopped several times on the trip home to take pictures of it from various places, different angles, an array of stages of the sunset. As I did, the colors moved into the brilliant colors of the setting sun, then to the pastels as the light faded, and finally to the dark greys that comes in the moments before darkness.
Here is the earlier sky.
These are some of the potential storm clouds.
Here is Sierra Blanca, the big mountain. You can pretty easily see the snow at the crest. In this photo, I've focused low, on the mountain so you can actually see it.
This is the same mountain, Sierra Blanca, but I've focused the lens on the sky, so you see the brilliant colors up there while the mountain looks dark. These two photos, the one above and this one, were actually taken back to back, but you wouldn't think so, would you?
Closer to home I saw this view of "my" mountain, Nogal Peak, with one of the dark clouds behind it. Beautiful. And majestic..
This cloud was in the north, and it was catching gorgeous reflections from the setting sun. It was actually a brighter color, almost salmon, but for some reason I was having trouble getting the whole cloud with accurate colors. I could manipulate it, but I chose not to.
This is one of the mountains to the south. I liked the way the cloud seemed to be barely touching it.
And I turned onto the highway close to home, I was greeted with the sight seen in the following two pictures. This is also facing south. My house is off the highway to the right, about a mile and a half ahead.
Same place, but looking roughly East-Southeast. The colors are reflecting against the clouds. Golly, it was pretty!
As I turned onto the road to my house, I got a few shots of this thunderhead. It was breathtaking. Here are three of my photos from that place.
So there you are. You just drove home with me, a short trip of about seven miles, but with lots to see. Hope you enjoyed the ride.
Life is beautiful!!!