Welcome to Wandering Camera.
This month I get to share a few clearing storm photos from the Sierra Mountains with you. This is at my most favourite campgroud there. It is at just over 10,000 feet in elevation. Days stay cool, and nights get very cold. Weather changes here frequently.
Sometimes, if you are lucky, beautiful Mother Nature treats you with a rainstorm, which sets the sky on fire. The ground reflects that light. The smell of petrichor envelopes you. You stand there unsure if the chill in your spine is caused by the cool wind or the spectacular drama that is unfolding around you.
We were resting back at the campground after a mountain walk on one of the many trails around there, when suddenly the rain came, followed by a full rainbow.
Then the dark clouds gave way to fiery orange and red ones against the background of an electric blue sky with just a hint of purple showing through. We stood there speechless with admiration.
I took these photos while I was still figuring out my camera. I am hoping for another opportunity to photograph a clearing storm in the Sierras.
I took this photo in Yosemite National Park during a different visit. It was pouring rain in the early evening. After my husband and I carried my photo backpack, stand etc through the snow to the photo spot using a couple of giant umbrellas, the waiting began.
It started getting darker around us with rain continuing to happily patter on our umbrellas. Then, just as I was ready to give up and pack everything up, it happened. The rain stopped, the storm clouds parted, and Half Dome and the surroundings were covered by a beautiful purple-orange glow.
Going through these photos left me nostalgic and inspired, so I sketched this scene, and hoping to start painting it later today. It has been a while since I have been to the mountains, I think it’s time!
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Kate September 11, 2018 at 03:45
Kelly Anne Rothaermel September 8, 2018 at 19:37
My heart is singing! So beautiful! Have a lovely weekend!
Peter B. September 7, 2018 at 22:28
Gorgeous photos of a beautiful spot. Love that last photo!
nessjibberjabberuk September 7, 2018 at 13:41
What a stunning place. I bet you don’t know where to look next. It must be both quite frightening and exhilarating to experience such weather changes.
Susan Mann September 6, 2018 at 07:23
I just love these sky photos. They are amazing. And the drawing. xx
Junieper September 5, 2018 at 11:35
The beauty of colors – stunning, Soma. Have been too busy in August and slowly coming back to normal and saw your website name somewhere else, so that reminded me to look here. The image of Yosemite in the snow is just fabulous! Have posted on my new blog now: thejeshstudio (dot) wordpress (dot) com. Hope to see you back there at All Seasons soon!
Caryl @ cinnamon holiday workshop September 4, 2018 at 21:21
These are amazing photographs!
Kim Sharman September 3, 2018 at 17:00
I stand in awe at the magic of you and that camera of yours, Soma. I feel as if I am looking upon paintings from an old master! Oh to be a witness to these sublime scenes. They are truly breathtaking!
Molly September 3, 2018 at 15:24
All these images are just amazing
Lina Narcisi September 3, 2018 at 13:57
Fotografie meravigliose. Un posto da sogno….complimenti!
Cheryl Brickey September 3, 2018 at 05:16
These photos are stunning! I love the dramatic skies and how you were able to capture that entire rainbow!
Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts September 3, 2018 at 04:34
Beautiful photo’s Soma. “….the waiting began….” Those three words say so much about you and your love of photography. It takes patience to take such beautiful shots. Thank you for sharing.
Janine @ Rainbow Hare September 2, 2018 at 09:40
These are spectacular scenes, Soma, and beautifully captured in your photos. It must be breathtaking to see them in real life.
Sue September 1, 2018 at 23:35
Stunning photos, love the rainbow photo.
Lady Fi September 1, 2018 at 22:29
Wow – those storm photos are spectacular!
AyalaArt August 31, 2018 at 23:24
Wonderful photos! wow….
Andree G Faubert August 31, 2018 at 18:59
Hi Soma, those are really amazing photos.
Tracey August 31, 2018 at 13:55
Your photography is truly stunning, those natural areas of light and shade are so atmospheric. I’m looking forward to seeing what becomes of your sketch.
Creative wishes and Happy PPF Tracey x
Valerie- Jael August 31, 2018 at 12:05
Fabulous photos. Happy PPF,, Valerie
Marie-OR August 31, 2018 at 10:06
Gorgeous photos! Can’t wait to see the painting!
Dixie August 31, 2018 at 08:41
Absolutely gorgeous photos! Such a beautiful place.
Can’t wait to see your painting, Soma.
Nicole/DVArtist August 31, 2018 at 08:02
Wow really exceptional photos. You captured the colors and the depth.
Christine August 31, 2018 at 07:31
gorgeous photos, lovely inspired sketch!
Linda K August 31, 2018 at 05:17
wow, I can only imagine the awe of seeing these gorgeous scenes in person. Breathtaking! Happy PPF!
sirkkis August 31, 2018 at 01:05
Gorgeous, beautiful photos. Your sketch is promising – waiting for seeing it soon.
Happy PPF xx
janice August 30, 2018 at 22:22
Photos that create poetry…stunning~
Mascha August 30, 2018 at 22:11
Oh my, these photos are stunning and painterly! What a gorgeos landscape, what a great “theatre of nature”, wish, I could be there.
Thanks for hosting, enjoy your time :)
Barbara August 30, 2018 at 21:39
Sandra Walker August 30, 2018 at 16:23
Breathtaking photos Soma, and I love the sensory descriptions with which you describe them. Wow, the colours!
Susan August 30, 2018 at 16:12
Stunning photos. You are a pro. Love the rainbow one especially.
Mary August 30, 2018 at 15:50
Your photos hardly look real!!! The colors are incredible. That one with the rainbow is absolutely breathtaking. I also love the snow in Yosemite. I’m so glad the you were successful in your wait. I’m looking forward to see how you capture it in painting.
Shasta Matova August 30, 2018 at 13:35
Your photographs are magnificent!
BillieBee August 30, 2018 at 11:34
Gorgeous photos! The first is my favorite.
Kim August 30, 2018 at 10:45
Soma, those are absolutely stunning! My one visit to Yosemite, many many years ago, was spent in awe at the scale of the landscape! Your capturing of the light is exquisite!
Angie August 30, 2018 at 09:03
Oh, you know I love mountains, so this is right up my alley!! Such radiant colors – it does take your breath away. Well done for your perseverance in waiting for the storm to clear for the Yosemite photo. Brilliant! Thanks for hosting Wandering Camera, and enjoy your Labor Day weekend.
Carol S. August 30, 2018 at 07:17
These are gorgeous photos and so enticing…I want to be there!
Alycia August 30, 2018 at 07:00
Those are stunning photos!! just to be there looking up at that majesty! Wow!!! Beautiful!!
Rhonda Snider August 30, 2018 at 06:32
Breathtaking photographs that leave me speechless!