I’ve always been fascinated with the Spring Mountains and how they catch the first rays of light as the sun wakes in the morning. For a precious few moments, you get a fantastic light and hue that truly makes them come alive. It lasts less than 10 minutes, and it’s over.
I was looking for a new composition and spent about a half an hour visually juggling various joshua trees, cacti and rocks, but I just couldn’t manage an arrangement that I liked. I decided to cross the wash and scout one of the hills on the other side.
As I stumbled into the wash, I was surprised at the number of cool looking rocks and boulders strewn about. I shot a glance towards the mountains and couldn’t help but think that if I could find an area where the wash was sort of leading towards the mountains I might just have a cool shot!
I hiked up the wash, around one corner, over a boulder, then some bedrock, and then came upon this area.
Cue big stupid grin.
I found my spot and the next morning I was set up before sunrise. I noticed the clouds and watched anxiously as the sun’s light worked its way across the cold sky. I wanted the mountain fully lit by the sun, but would those fantastic clouds hovering over the peak last long enough for the shot?
I didn’t have to wait too long for an answer – everything came together REAL quick! I shot frantically to get the shot you see above. In a matter of minutes the color on the mountain faded and I was done for the morning – but what a morning!