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Gallery 3-3 - Sunrises and Sunsets of the Southwest

   A time of day and a frame of mind...come early or come late, but either way prepare yourself for the romantic prismatic colors of sun, clouds and landscape. Come to the Southwest at sundown.  The oblique rays of the sun light the undersides of the clouds and shower a prism of beauty on canyons, flowers and homesteads alike.  Then add a desert monsoon and a cruising hawk for awesome drama.  Be sure and check our other galleries; they overlap a little.

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Summer Monsoon

Summer Monsoon 

  Summer Monsoon© provides an amazing scene of earth, water and fire. Here the lowering sun streaks across the monsoon air in alternating patches of bright, red, and dark sky.  The tall saguaros are dimly lit against the hills beyond as they thirstily await a drenching rain.  Can you feel their excitement?

Storm's Comin'

Storm's Comin'

Storm’s Comin’©.  No, this can’t be true, can it?  We are enjoying a wonderfully grand sunset.  Of course there are clouds—they make a sunset dynamic.  But what is this?  Seemingly hanging from a blue part of the sky is an enormous rumbling rainstorm.  It seems to be coming this way!

 

Sunburst

Sunburst

  Sunburst©.  The sun has already set somewhere out of this picture.  But after sinking below the visible horizon, it catches a layer of high stratospheric clouds well above the low cumulous that has already gone dark.  The result is a miraculous sunburst lighting the desert below.  Tucson’s Catalina Mountains are just visible on the right edge.

Sunset Landing

Sunset Landing

Sunset Landing©. The sky is still glowing with this pink and purple pastel sunset.  Look around and see what is happening in another direction.  Watch as a great horned owl lowers silently from the sky.  In the twilight we can’t see the target, but she is clearly coming in for a surprise landing.

 

Window of Light

  Window of Light© is a fiery Sonoran Desert sunset.  The sky is cloudy, but it is lit brilliantly in this early evening.  The giant saguaro and flowering agave stand bravely against the gathering night.

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