I saw this cloud forming over the Superstition Mountains on my way home from work yesterday…so I hit the gas to get back as fast as I could, grabbed the camera, rushed out the door and drove a short distance away to catch this before it was blown away.
Some of the micro-burst storms that pass through Arizona can be quite intense and destructive. This one actually left a touch of snow on the very tops of the mountain range, not something we’re accustomed to seeing in the Valley of the Sun!?
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ikeharel (37424) 2013-02-12 3:09
This is a typical Towering Comulunimbus cloud, jason.
Normally it brings a thunderstorm along, but not in every occassion, especially in the desert's.
Shadow over the town, and color differencials within the big cloud, made a wonderful effect on image.
Cheers for the swift action, steping the gas, and made a fast decision.
snunney (67430) 2013-02-12 3:22
Looks very ominous this massive cloud formation, seemingly hovering over town and mountain like some supernatural being. Fine capture. Thanks for sharing.
jhm (122490) 2013-02-12 3:47
I makes everyday weather pictures for TV weather forecast.
Clouds are always a very nice subject, almost all minutes see we other clouds and other image.
Your picture is very well taken with a high quality.
Sharpness and color is perfect and natural.
Very well composition too. TFS.
Have a nice Tuesday,
macjake (39235) 2013-02-12 4:59
the first thing i thought about when seeing this large cloud was wondering how it would look in HDR!!!
its a beauty ain't it! towering above the city below, it looks like an alien Mother Ship ready to destroy the planet :)
good on ya for going back and grabbing the camera.
ktanska (21527) 2013-02-13 13:03
Very impressive cloud indeed. You have a perfect place to view it from the side showing rain beneath and sunlit fluffy top. Tha shadow on the mountain face makes the shape even more clear. Well framed showing just a slice of ground at the bottom.
mirosu (5533) 2013-02-14 3:14
One of my prefered photo subject is sky and clouds photography. I like this excellent close-up (if I can name it "Close-up") oc cumulus clouds. The cluds are in very good contrast against darker ground. Well seen and captured. Wll done.
You can see some of my sky & clouds photos on:
Sky & Clouds
serp2000 (29242) 2013-02-27 10:52
Glad to see your photos again.
In the thumbnail it looks like a volcano. Impressive effect, an interesting cloud structure.
dta (51510) 2013-02-27 10:55
Hello Jason ,
As a "cloud's lover" , I enjoy to see this view . This cloudy formation rolling over the moutain is fabulous /
Great capture , and thanks for the share .
- Copyright: Jason Cowling (jcpix) (3331)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2013-02-00
- Categories: Nature
- Exposure: f/13.0, 1/400 seconds
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Theme(s): Nuages ... Clouds, Beauty of clouds, Clouds and storms [view contributor(s)]
- Date Submitted: 2013-02-12 2:54