"The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
I do believe the famous poet was on to something! While I'm not sure I'd call it the ultimate art gallery (there are others I find equally compelling), the sky can certainly transfix me. I especially enjoy making photographs which incorporate the beautiful scenes created by interesting clouds.
During the summer months the wonderful "neglected fence" near my home isn't a particularly good shooting location, the sun having moved too far to the north to make sunset compositions workable.
Exacerbating the situation this season has been the fact that a series of particularly stubborn high pressure systems have parked themselves over and over again above the region, blocking the inflow of the monsoonal moisture we'd normally see this time of year. That, coupled with extremely low humidity (12% yesterday) means clouds - let alone storms - have been in short supply.
I raced up to the fence one day about six weeks ago when some rough weather did move through the area. I watched the sky darken in the distance, kept an eye on the clouds as they moved closer, and once I saw that they might be nearing my trusty location, I hopped in the car and drove up there.
The clouds were moving quickly, so fast work was required to position the lighter-gray break where I wanted it: mid-frame and just to the left of the post. A few minutes later, the lightning got a little too close for comfort - and the rain began to fall. I had the shot, so retreated to my vehicle and watched the rest of the show from there.