Summer thunderstorm evening at Montezuma Valley Overlook.
The Southwest’s thunderstorm monsoon season continues in full swing. Clear blue sky mornings, with thunderhead clouds building toward mid-day. Then in late afternoon, ka-boom! Or not. Depending on which spot you happen to be located at the moment.
Besides giving the land some much appreciated rain, it gives photographers much desired dramatic lighting. Farmers and ranchers harvest crops and livestock, I harvest photographs.
So recently I was driving down off of Mesa Verde at mid evening. There had been a heavy thunderstorm at the north end of the park, but it had moved on by the time I got there.
I pulled over at the Montezuma Valley Overlook for a nice shot showing the summertime greenery, the Knife Edge cliff formation, and the stormy skies.
Then it was down off of “the hill” as the park rangers call it. (A recent visitor said: “You call that a hill? I call it a mountain!”).
Evening light on the folds of the North Rim of Mesa Verde.
Whatever you call it, I was back down into the Montezuma Valley just east of Cortez. As the sun got lower it partially broke through the clouds to light up the tall rugged escarpment (geology talk for “really big cliff”) that is the North Rim of Mesa Verde.
Sunset time at Totten Reservoir.
I pulled in at Totten Reservoir, because it is public land and has a great view of Mesa Verde, Sleeping Ute Mountain, and sunset. Quite the package.
Sleeping Ute Mountain from Totten Reservoir.
Photo location: Mesa Verde National Park and Montezuma Valley, near Cortez, Colorado.
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