I went back to Capitol Reef National Park last weekend. My two main photography mentors were holding their 30th annual workshop down there and I just couldn’t miss it. It was a great time to reminisce, take some photographs and share lies stories about each other.

As is often the case in the desert, Ma Nature decided to have a little input into the festivities. We had sun, rain, snow and hail, all in less than one hour. Then things kind of stabilized to excitingly-designed skies. The desert is one place where it’s never boring, and when Ma Nature decides to put on a show, it’s really a show.

Here are some images featuring those fascinating skies:

 

As we usually do, we went to Factory Butte to photograph sunrise. Ma Nature didn’t seem to be too enthusiastic about letting the sun light things up, but when I looked south and saw the Henry Mountains starting to catch a little light, I just had to make this panorama (click on the images for full size and proper color):

 

Henry Mt. Pano

Henry Mt. Pano

 

On the way back to the park, I saw this scene. I shouted to Mike to pull over as soon as he could and jumped out of the truck to fire away. I never pass up a chance to show off my favorite place on earth, Capitol Reef.

 

Storm over Capitol Reef

Storm over Capitol Reef

 

 

It was a great weekend. The only downside was that it was too short.

 

More to follow,

Bob