Arizona Monsoon...

2008-08-28






Hi everyone-

So I have decided to add an additional post each week for the Skywatch Friday post. Since I have to post it on Thursday I will do two posts for Thursday. The normal morning post and then the mid day Skywatch Friday post. Then on Friday proper there will be another regular morning post. Hope that makes sense.

This image was shot after hiking out of the Grand Canyon in flash flood conditions several years ago. We had decided to hike out from Havalupai and Havasu Falls and shortly after we set out the rains came. And they didn't stop.

W hiked in ankle or knee deep water for some time as waterfalls formed on the canyon walls before our eyes. We were a bit concerned when about half way a local came by on a horse urging us to get to higher ground. Since we were in a canyon we had little choice but to continue our trek out.

Obviously we made it but it was a bit harrowing. This image was shot top side of the storms moving across the desert.

33 comments:

Tommy V said...

FABULOUS PHOTO

Yen said...

OMG! That is just stunning shot!!! Drop by if you got a chance, HERE.

freshaircabin said...

That is AMAZING! Lucky you!

fishing guy said...

Brian: What a scary looking Sky and you could expect something too come to fruition from that condition.

Berit said...

WOW, this was AMAZING!!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Wow, fabulous, wonderful stunning and dramatic :-)

Bradley Myers said...

Did you expect it to make sense "B"? Now I am more confused than ever, LOL. That is a great shot I don't know if I have ever seen this one before. Dr. is not letting me come back this tour, so be safe with Wil.

imac said...

I wish I had a photo with lightning, fantastic shot.

Pretty Life Online said...

Cool catch for Skywatch! Mine's up too hope you can drop by.... Happy weekend!

Angie said...

That really is stunning!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

FanTAStic photo! Looking at it gave me chill bumps! It's just wonderful. Thanks for sharing it.

D Herrod said...

Wow. Looks like something out of a movie.

Carletta said...

What a story. This image is amazing!
Thanks for sharing your story of when you got it.

Arija said...

Stunningly dramatic shot and accompanying tale.Great.

Cátia said...

wonderful photo

Kelly said...

Stunning photo! This deserves some kind of an award! I can't believe you were able to capture the lightning in the glorious colored sky and clouds! Gorgeous and leaves me without words!!!

Photo Cache said...

Simply fab.

Louise said...

INCREDIBLE photo! Absolutely fabulous. I'm jealous you've been to Havisu Falls. I've only seen pictures, and it's probably my #1 place to visit. Been to the Canyon a couple of times, but never down inside.

babooshka said...

That shot has an amazimg array of colours.

Mary said...

Fabulous shot!!!

Wren said...

Great photo, scary story.

Denise said...

Wow, that is beautiful and quite a dramatic shot. A good reminder of your trek in the fabulous and awesome Grand Canyon.

Luiz Santilli Jr said...

Fantastic capture!
Great post!
Have a nice weekend!

Santilli

Greyscale Territory said...

What incredible drama of colour and light action! Fantastic!

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

very clever shot

Old Wom Tigley said...

Hello and welcome to Sky Watch Brian...
Do I need to tell you how good this is... :O) I think not.
It is a stunner... I hope you enjoy Sky Watch... I'm off back now to see more of your wonderful blog.

Tom

magiceye said...

wow! terriffic!

eyestothesky said...

Wow! What an amazing capture!! I love skies just like that!

Sara Chapman said...

The photo was worth the fear and discomfort (to us!). Thanks for a great shot. Did you do much Photoshop work on it?

Sherry said...

Wow, what an absolutely spectacular photograph! Amazing.

Torsdag said...

This is a very special SWF, dynamic clouds and a beuatifuk image

Torsdag said...

Sorry, one more time.
There is a firefighter-post in my blog, SWF #7, may be yuo'll like it

Brian Bastinelli said...

Hi everyone-

Thanks so much for checking out my SWF post. I am really glad you all enjoyed it.

The image was shot on Fuji Velvia slide film. I set up the tripod in the road and shot image after image of up to 30 seconds a piece. Eventually I got this one and only lightning shot out of two or three rolls.

I really didn't do a lot of photoshop work to it mostly just cropping. The original image had a bit more of the sky above me in it. It lightened up quite a bit there. I am still not sure which version I like better.

Thanks again for checking out my posts and blog.