Sunset clouds over a mesa south of Fontenelle Creek

Selected for Google Maps and Google Earth

This was one of the strangest sunsets and nights I have seen. The photo was taken at sunset, but I am facing the east, not the west. At dark the clouds filled with an incredible amount of cloud to cloud lightning -- thousands of strokes, but I did not hear any thunder even though this rainless "storm" lasted all night. It just circled and circled around me. By morning, one tiny cloud was left, trailing a bit of virga.

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Comments (5)

steandeb on August 15, 2011

wow!looks like an alien landing!

Bruce MacIver on August 16, 2011

Cool . . . liked!

Keith Miller on August 17, 2011

That's a once-in-a-lifetime shot!

Ralph Maughan on August 19, 2011

Bruce MacIver and Keith Miller,

Thanks!! It has been a great summer for photography in Eastern Idaho, Western Wyoming, IMO. Right now I'm not sure if Google Earth is going to accept it. Maybe they can't see that it is a mesa illuminated by the orange light.

Ralph Maughan on August 20, 2011

I see that upon reevaluating this photo, Google Earth accepted it. I'm pleased.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 15, 2011
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ralph Maughan
    • Taken on 2011/08/04 19:16:23
    • Exposure: 0.003s (1/320)
    • Focal Length: 38.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO200
    • Exposure Bias: -0.33 EV
    • No flash