First Chase of 2016

July 04, 2016  •  Leave a Comment

The 2016 Arizona Monsoon has begun! This was the first day this season I've had to go out and chase. The forecasts were decent for the general area so I headed down to Tucson in the morning. Found a few fun storms to chase, but nothing proved to be very dramatic or noteworthy, although it was all beautiful. I think more and more I'm finding that I can enjoy the chase for the journey and enjoy the beauty even in the less significant events. And enjoy being by myself.  Later in the afternoon as the atmosphere was clearing out and things were winding down a big storm started moving from the west through the Phoenix area, even giving a tornado warning for Buckeye! So I started heading straight up the 10 back to Phoenix. Then west on Hwy 8 where the storms were heading straight at me. I made the mistake of stopping too early and shooting from Stanfield - it was just too far away so most of what I shot was useless. And the bugs nearly ate me alive!  Lots of rain the area and I almost lost my footwear in the ditches as I trudged through the mud to get a good spot to set-up my tripods.  All in all it was still a fun day and night even though I really missed the great stuff. 

 


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