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Marvellous photo, as ever, from you, Paul.
I see , when looking at the rock edifice, some five “faces” eminence. The clouds in the background set off the whole scene lovely.
It always amazes me how Nature somehow balances a huge lump of stone upon a small supporting pillar of rock. A fine balancing act!
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As ever, Paul, a lovely photo from you. You never fail to disappoint us.
I often wonder how a single pinnacle of a rock edifice somehow survives and yet all around it everything is flattened by erosion and the elements. And it stands keeper and sentinel to the clouds above.
The more I look at the rock pillar a “face” appears. Can’t see it? Let your eyes gaze upon it for a while – the upper third of the pillar. Imagine a bloke wearing a hat of some sort. The image of a face appears.
No water here for the Jelly Fish to find a welcome home in an otherwise desert landscape
The big rock on the left hand side of the photo seems, facially, panting out for some god-given rain from the sky above. It does not look happy and seems to be opening its jaws to suck in much needed rain, that is, when it comes.
As ever from you – as to be expected(!) – another classic masterpiece of your magnificent photography doing full justice to the awesome cloudscape and landscape. You certainly know how to spoil us with wonderful shots like this as portrayed here.
This is, forgive the intended pun, a monumental photo as per the rock edifice on the left of the photo. This is certainly an image I will not forget. Its impact is immediate and penetrating. That the photo is depicted in monochrome beats colour any day, at least, that is my personal opinion.
Thank you Laurence.
Yes, another outstanding and profound lightning shot!! A real “holy moly” moment for the eye and camera.
Thank you Joan.
Indeed a superb shot well done
Thank you Michael.
I fancy this rock edifice is somehow trying to say something to the rainbow – maybe an appreciation of its colouring?
Lovely shot, Paul, as ever from you.
What a shot!!! Yes, the rock edifice looks shocked to see such a rainbow right under it’s nose. Paul, your photos are prize winners from this part of our colorful world.
Stunning image well captured Joan
super capture well done
Fantastic picture, Paul! This one must have been difficult to arrange. Exposure time, position of the moon, light, composition, everything. This is fine choreography with the clouds and the moon as the dancers. Thanks for sharing.
Thank you Michael and Hans.
Dynamic and imaginative. One can almost feel and sense the clouds screeching overhead in blizzard like speed.
Quote from Paul…
“Last night this entire region had a series of some of the most incredible electrical storms I’ve ever seen”.
Superb image Paul well captured
A to be expected typical grand shot from you, Paul.
This is a big “WOW!!!” photo. I would ascribe the following in appreciation of your magnificent photo:- astounding, atmospheric, awe inspiring, electric (pun intended!), powerful and truly memorable, Oh, GEEZ!!!
Maybe, who knows, this marvellous photo might possibly be a good candidate to feature in the CAS 2018 calendar?
Thanks for the sharing of this wonder.
Thank you Michael and Laurence.
I agree with you, Laurence. This is definitely a calendar-worthy photo. Bravo, Paul.
This does it!! A most magnificent lightning photo I’ve seen! Yes, it should make next year’s calendar and the “Cloud of the Month” as well. The colors are truly electric blue. Oh, my.
Thank you Ginnie and Joan.
Good shot, Paul!
Amazing – well caught!
A very good shot of lightning in what looks like a small localised storm system.
Thank you Adolfo, Maxine and Michael.
A mmentous and enthralling photo from you, Paul. As ever, excellent and a veritable hallmark of your style of excellent photography paying, as it does, grand homage to a wonderful cloud vista. A meticul0usly and thoroughly well composed moody and atmospheric shot.
Most commendable indeed!
Thank you for the sharing of this.
A momentous and enthralling photo from you, Paul. As ever, excellent and a veritable hallmark of your style of excellent photography paying, as it does, grand homage to a wonderful cloud vista. A meticul0usly and thoroughly well composed moody and atmospheric shot.
Very commendable indeed!
Wow, what a beautiful black and white composition this is! Also your former black and white (Misty Morning) is fantastic. Love it. Thanks Paul for sharing these pictures.
Thank you Hans.
Great shot, Paul, as ever from you.
This photo breathes the mystical stillness and calm of an early morn. Taken as it is in monochrome is perfect – it grandly accentuates the stark outline of the gaunt tree that is somehow struggling to survive in a harsh environment.
Oh my, Paul! This pic took away my breath for a second. Absolutely beautiful, even more so by the power of being black and white.
super atmospheric image more so in B&W
I certainly go along with Ginnie’s appreciative comment which I fully share.
Paul, another marvellous and truly atmospheric shot from you. It certainly “breathes” austere brooding mystery, foreboding and a sense of something sinister.
If I may, I think this photo somehow encapsulates what possibly might be a vista of a truly hostile environment of planet Venus where the runaway green house effects produce metal and rock melting temperatures and shroud the whole planet in cloud composed of concentrated sulphuric, nitric and hydrochloric acid.
Venus – Goddess of Love? Hmmm….
Thank you Ginnie, Michael and Laurence.
This just gorgeous and being over The Valley Of The Gods, adds more to its magnificence. Thanks, Paul, for sharing and for all the other very special photos. :)
Imaginative picture (neutral density filters probably). I take note of it. Good shot, Paul!.
Thank you Joan and Adolfo.
A comment from Paul…
“Today there is particular significance to this imagery, on the left, the two distinctive buttes are known as the “Bear’s Ears”, and are the namesake of our newest national monument, just proclaimed by president Obama yesterday. 1.3 million acres preserved for all humanity. This is a really big deal not only for those of us here in SE Utah, but for everyone, everywhere”.
Paul Martini, Bluff, Utah, USA.
As ever from you, Paul, a magnificent and faultless photo.
Picking up on your comment you and other CAS folk may like to see this news story contained in the BBC News website:-
It amplifies that which Paul has said. It is, excuse the pun, a monumental piece of preservation. Well deserved recognition of a fantastic landscape and Nature that dwells within it.
I love this picture Paul.
And …. Obama did well to leave not only this piece of nature protected against the short term interests of of destructive fossil industries, but also the Papahanaumokuakea (pronounced “Papa-ha-now-moh-koo-ah-kay-ah”) Marine National Monument . Thank him on behalf of mankind.
Thank you Laurence and Hans.
A faultless and outstanding piece of monochrome photography as ever from you, Paul.
This is Nature at her best! Beautiful lighting, composition with a good sense of heavy ponderousness of the storm to come.
Thanks for the sharing.
Indeed Paul, a supeb Image well composed and looks great in monochrome