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Drama in the Tucson Skies

Drama in the Tucson Skies
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Copyright: Jane Magen (jaycee) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-07-11
Categories: Sky
Camera: Canon SX10IS
Exposure: f/4.5, 1/60 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-07-22 7:51
Viewed: 2850
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Monsoons in Arizona
Alyssa Ast

The summer days in Arizona quickly turn hot. Often uncomfortable enough to where you do not want to leave your house. But the excruciating heat of the day fades to a beautiful summer storm, called monsoons. The monsoon season usually begins around June and is a much awaited joy for the residents of Arizona.

At the beginning of most days during the summer, light fluffy clouds appear off into the distant skies. Through out the day it seems as the heat rises, the fluffy clouds build and build until the sky is covered in them. As the clouds turn dark and menacing the temperature quickly drops. Sometimes the temperature can drop 20 degrees in just a few minutes.

After the temperature has dropped and the clouds threaten above, the roar of thunder can begin to be heard. The lightening shows begin. Blazing across the sky in a fierce light show, the breeze begins to quicken.

Suddenly the clouds can not retain the rain any longer and the cool summer rain begins. The rain quickly drenches the earth in a ferocious rain storm. Then just as quickly as it started the rain stops and the clouds disappear.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2010-07-22 8:58]

Hi Jane,a great scoop and a different pic in your gallery,the moonsoons coming!The pic is very nice whit a good landscape,maybe the white of clouds is not correctly balanced...have a nice day and thanks! Luciano

Hello Jane,
The white clound is a well developed Cumulunimbus that is towering up to 30,000ft sometimes. Hazardous to air traffic becouse it's potential thunderstorm and in extreme condition, sometimes with hail-stones. A very typical in summer when temp. differentials are great.
Good scene in picture.

Hello Jane,
The picture is beautiful, You know how do very very good photos of landscapes! .. Th light has been measured perfectly and I thinkl this is almost like watching the scene with the naked eye! ... bravo ... thanks derar friend Jane! ...
Thanks also for the excellent note attached, I have been fascinated with the quick and eloquent description of this phenomenon.
Regards, TFS; Jesús

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  • horias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 837 W: 58 N: 2084] (11033)
  • [2010-07-22 12:00]

Hi Jane
Wonderful shot of this great mountains!
Great clouds on the sky!
Excellent light and colors.

Hallo Jane,
a very beautiful mountainscape, superb lighting and beautiful contrast of colours, good and interesting picture.
Best regards

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2010-07-22 21:14]

Hi Jane.
You have shared a very attractive picture. Especially I like lights and shadows of the picture, superb reproduction of mountain details and impressive state of clouds and sky in spite of some OE of the brightest part of the cloud. My kind regards and TS.

Ciao Jane, fantastic light in a wonderful sky with amazing cloud, splendid landscape, interesting post, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

Where's the bird Jane?..I'm looking for a bird in the sky, but I just don't see it ;)
Like the "graham cracker crust" of cloud "layers", and the way the sunlight hits that creamy marshmallow center :-)
Well done my friend & have a great weekend!

Hi Jane,

a great pov and detailed picture.
Fine colours.
Yes it is hot in the city.


hello Jane

the mountain's warm colour tones, the sky and clouds
cold colour tones, the light coming trough the clouds
to the mountain it is giving dramatic effect to the image,



Hello Jaycee,
I have just returned from Ladakh ( a rain-shadow zone in India)& found many placed alike except mountains free of vegetations !! Yes, this land is very much like that part of Himalayas which I shall be showing you on TN soon (step by step). Great composition, light effect & TFS.
Regards Subhash

Dear Jane,
I like very much your notes: you are truly a good story teller!

This harsh landscape is fascinating, with the bit of sunshine on the top supporting your story.

I personally find, that all landscape photos profit from clouds!

Thank you so much for this documentary
Warm Greetings

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