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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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