Fleeting Light

My third and final morning in Monument Valley reveals a different personality from the two sunrises before. (See the two previous posts.) It again rained heavily throughout the night but this time without the thunder and lightning. The last two nights in my small tent have been interesting, to say the least!

On this morning it is apparent that the storm will be clearing. The air is colder but the wind has stopped and there are a few drizzles and a lot of residual moisture suspended in the desert air. As the bright sun rises between the horizon and a layer of low clouds, it illuminates the landscape around the Mitten buttes and the scene becomes bathed in a soft golden glow. After a few moments the sun goes behind the clouds and the magical light fades.

When I photograph landscapes, I’m always hoping for weather. Sure, it can backfire to the point that I don’t get any images at all but it can also present me with something unexpected and beautiful. We hope you’ve enjoyed this little triptych of Monument Valley sunrises!

All Photographs © 2018 Sharon Lobel Photography or John Grusd Photography. All Rights Reserved.

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