Downpour over the San Tan Mountains

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© Mike Olbinski
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I've been wanting to get a shot like this all summer. I hope to get another. A storm cloud, kind of isolated, dropping rain on the desert and you can see everything from the ground to the top of the cloud. There is something amazing about seeing a giant, floating cumulus cloud with rain falling from the bottom. Almost like the rain is holding the entire contraption up in the air.

I could have gotten a shot without the road or powerlines (and I did), but I like the way the lines from each create a little perspective on just how far away the cloud is and how big it is.

We'll be moving in the next 60 days or so and it's going to be hard to not have wide open areas like this available by a simple 12 minute drive from my house. This is the Gila River Indian nation land and it's been so very kind to me when out chasing storms.

10 responses

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    A real WOW moment! Well done

  • Adam Reilly

    Adam Reilly said (19 Aug 2010):


  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    I agree about the beauty of capturing the cloud in its entirety, as well as including a bit of the landscape.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    It was worth the wait,,,this is outstanding..

  • Kevin House

    Kevin House gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    excellent! the road ahead!

  • Winky Vivas

    Winky Vivas (Deleted) said (19 Aug 2010):

    WOW! This is totally awesome! The colors, composition, depth, and lighting are outstanding. Lots of drama going on in those clouds. Great job!

  • prof1120

    prof1120 (Deleted) gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    Great shot, Mike.

  • Trista Marie

    Trista Marie (Deleted) gave props (19 Aug 2010):

    great capture of that rainshaft! monsoon season has been pretty weak here this year, unfortunately. THERE'S STILL TIME! :)

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (21 Aug 2010):

    What a cloudburst! Well done Mike.

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (30 Aug 2010):

    That sky is amazing!! Perfectly positioned!! Incredible shot!

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