Warm Illumination in Cottonwood

Aug 27, 1989

Sometimes as a storm moves in early in the morning, as here, or later in the evening, there is a small window between the clouds and the ground. When the sun comes through this little slit it can create a very warm wonderful light. In this shot, the sun is just beginning to rise as a storm moves in and the sun creates this small streak of light illuminating the trees right in front of the hill. This small streak of light illuminates the yellow Cottonwood trees within the foreground and contrasts in tone, color and mood with the darker trees and clouds in the background which remain dark without any sunlight on them. This perfect light lasted for mere minutes as the sun inched its way up higher into the sky, and then it was gone.