During our visit to Texas’s Caprock Canyons State Park last November, we were warned one afternoon about approaching severe weather containing thunderstorms, high wind, and possible tornadoes. Since its arrival was not expected until well after nightfall, I decided to proceed with my earlier plans to photograph the sunset that evening.
As the sun was setting, a lot of clouds were gathering over the horizon, perhaps related to the approaching bad weather. Here is shot just after the sun went behind the clouds.
Canon EOS 7D (135mm, f/14, 1/20 sec, ISO400)
As the sunset continued, the clouds churned and became redder. Finally, right before it got totally dark, the clouds seemed to catch fire. The photo below, taken four and a half minutes after the one above, was cropped to show the same part of the horizon. Notice how the cloud structure has changed.
Canon EOS 7D (109mm, f/10, 1/320 sec, ISO400)
I had never seen a sunset quite like this one. After Donnette and I observed this fortuitous light display, we got even luckier. The severe weather bypassed the park and we received only light rain that night.
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