Wild West

It’s funny how you are certain a scene will play out the way you expect and then you find out you were completely wrong.  Even still, you have to try and make the best of the situation and make the trip worth your while.  Case in point, today’s shot.

I set out about 7:30 last night completely expecting to have one of the best sunsets in a while.  Even better than the one I had on Saturday.  There was a weak rain shower moving in from the west but still 10-20 miles west of me as the sun began to peak out from the clouds.  At this point I was sure that the sun would be able to illuminate the under layer of the clouds with amazing color.  As I waited and waited, it appeared more and more evident that the cloud base was going to be too low for any of the sunlight to hit.

While waiting for the sun to drop to the horizon, the wind was actually whipping around pretty good.  It even blew a tumbleweed across the road right behind where I was setting up.  This gave me the idea for today’s shot.  The toughest part was getting a shot where the tumbleweed wasn’t rocking or blowing away.  Fortunately I was able to get this shot and the whole outing wasn’t a complete bust.

6 responses

  1. Wow, that is such a great image! Did you have to stage the tumble weed? Nicely done.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:23 am

    • Yeah, I did. I grabbed it from the barb wire fence off the side of the road. We never have a shortage of those things rolling around.

      April 8, 2011 at 9:58 am

  2. Awesome photo Scott! The tumble weed brings it together.

    April 8, 2011 at 9:25 am

  3. Great image. It really looks like it should be the background for movie poster from one of those old car movies.

    April 8, 2011 at 5:25 pm

  4. Love this picture! This is one of my favorites from you!

    April 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

  5. Dude this is brilliant. Love the weed on the left side of the image. I really like the subtle clouds as well. Fantastic shot!

    April 9, 2011 at 9:20 am

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