Smoke from a fire started by lightning is reflected off a flooded pan on the Navajo Indian Reservation. I was leaving Grand Falls from an action packed day of shooting when I pulled over to take just one more. The monsoon weather had been in play all day. There was plenty of lightning too and it had touched off this fire.
Monsoon clouds are reflected in the chocolate colored waters of the Little Colorado River. The water is flat and calm before the big drop at Grand Falls. This seasonal flow during the spring and late summer looks like the blend in my daily cup of coffee and creamer.
Clouds condensing below the cliffs are pushed up by southerly winds and rise up against the Mogollon Rim. I was completely enveloped by this amazing phenomenon. Seconds later, the scene was cloud free.
Blue Ridge Reservoir is a very beautiful lake on the Mogollon Rim. Two serpentine fingers extend from the dam like knarled branches of a tree. The lake was full of canoes and boaters enjoying a gorgeous August day. The lake is also popular with trout fishermen.
Late summer clouds reflect off the calm waters of East Clear Creek at Jones Crossing. It was an idillic day on the Mogollon Rim. Everything was incredibly green from monsoon rains. Towering Ponderosa pines lined the banks of the creek.
Woolsey Peak is shrouded in clouds from a passing monsoon storm in central Arizona. This cotton is just about ready to be harvested. The town of Cotton Center truly deserves it's name in this part of the state.
Monsoon clouds move along this portion of the Mogollon Rim. A minute before this shot was taken, a cloud had condensed below the rim and moved through this shot. I'd never been a witness to anything like it before. Being completely encompassed by the fast moving cloud was quite the experience.