Thursday, November 11, 2010

Belly of the Beast


This was in that corner where Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho all hang out. Driving from the Wind Rivers to Canyonlands. Not exactly sure which state I was in at that point, I just know the clouds were gnarly. This is one of my favorite pavement stretches to drive on. Hardly any cars. I can drive these kinds of roads for days at a time (and I have). City (even small towns) driving though more or less induces panic attacks.
Anyway, the light was so cool at this point I had to pull over and snap a couple quick shots. I was less than enthused to be driving into the belly of the beast, but hey, didn't really have a choice at that point! Scenic Sunday Skywatch

42 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Perfect title, Jill! Terrific captures as always and that is one grumpy looking sky beast! Have a great day/weekend!

Sylvia

Woody said...

I like how the clouds seem to go forever in the first shot.

patti said...

haven't commented on your blog in a long time, however just wanted to let you know how much I love your photography. You're awesome!

Carver said...

Wow, these are absolutely stunning sky shots!

Janie said...

Those are great clouds. I love the wide open spaces of driving the area you describe. Great light in the second photo.

Gaelyn said...

It is a beautiful scene, but not really for driving into. I'm with you about slight panic attacks in cities. I'll take the storm in the middle of nowhere any day over that.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Jill, Belly of the Beast, just awesome images, spectacular skies~

Pearl Maple said...

Terrific photos of that huge patch of sky, thanks for sharing with sky watch friday

kjpweb said...

Impressive shot!

Cheers, Klaus

Gunilla said...

Great shots when the sky is looking best.I like the clouds

Thanks for sharing
Have a great day.

Gunilla

Steffi said...

Perfect photos for SWF!Have a great weekend!

morememes said...

Hiya Jill,

Gnarly clouds will do it for me every time :-)

Mar said...

Impressive scenery and pictures! makes me feel small...!
Sunrise

Gigi Ann said...

That first picture looks like a very moody beast. Awesome capture of the "Belly of the Beast."

Barb said...

Those clouds seem to be leading you to another adventure!

Diane AZ said...

Holy Moly, what a surreal setting and you were driving right into it! Great skywatch photos!

biobabbler said...

awesome. I hear ya re: huge empty roads and giant skies and driving for days. Yum. Got to drive through some CRAZY storms in North and South Dakota 'cause, like you, had to get somewhere. It was fantastic and we were glued to the radio which was broadcasting minute by minute updates re: where tornadoes had been seen, etc. SO COOL! Great shots, per usual. =)

Martha Z said...

Wow, those are impressive clouds with nothing to obstruct your view.

Rosadimaggio63 said...

Foto meravigliose !!!!
Buona giornata Myriam :)

Bill S. said...

Must be in Idaho - clouds have been really nasty here lately. It is snowing right now. Love the pictures and the post.

Eaglesbrother said...

Awesome looking clouds..well captured.

cara said...

Excellent drama! Fab.

Wanda said...

Felt like I was a "Storm Chaser"

Wonderful shots.

LV said...

You found a great stretch of the road with various skies above. It all comes together for a great feature for today.

Marka said...

Awesome clouds. Reminds me of the time I was out hiking in a hurricane. The waterways conservation officer who was out in his truck thought I was nuts. Cheers!

ladyfi said...

What amazing dramatic skies. Just glorious!

Kcalpesh said...

Fantastic colors and compositions..

Pixellicious Photos

BraCom (Bram) said...

Beautiful SkyWatch posting!
thank you for sharing this beautiful photo work


Happy SWF! Have a good weekend,

Regards, Bram

My SkyWatch on WordPress

Seen on Sky Watch Friday, Season 4, Episode 18

RuneE said...

That kind of beat looks awesome. I'm glad you escaped :-)

Lucy Corrander said...

Phenomenal.

I’ve now used all the allotted space for photos on Pictures Just Pictures and have started a new blog so I can carry on. It’s called

Message in a Milk Bottle
http://messageinamilkbottle.blogspot.com/

I’ve given it a different look but its purpose is unchanged - a photo a day.

Lucy

Hood Photo Blog said...

WOW! Such a beautiful, dramatic image!

Hood Photo Blog

Irene said...

Gorgeous! Love your sky shots!

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I would've stopped to take a picture, too, of that beast's belly. I love the endlessness of the road and sky. Thanks for sharing it all.

Randi said...

That is amazing! The colors are so rich. Love it!

Kristin said...

Love the composition of this landscape picture. Simply stunning.

Francisca said...

Looks to me like you tamed the beast, Jill. Capturing can do that, you know? Glad to read you stopped to take the shot. I might be one of the crazies to just take it out of the window (not through the window)... I know... bad... Being somewhat chained to a desk lately, this is good for sore eyes.

NatureFootstep said...

the first photo is really special. With the vivid ground in contrast to teh dark clouds.

Leah said...

These are so beautiful. I really like the first shot.. Looks like you could almost touch the sky. For me, it's very dramatic.. =)

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indicaspecies said...

The second shot is stunning.

KaHolly said...

These ominous clouds are the perfect photos for SkyWatch! I'd be watching them, too, in my rearview mirror! ~karen

Tricia said...

It might have been the gnarly belly of the beast, but it sure made for some AWESOME shots!!! Incredibly AWESOME, Jill!

sunflowerkat321 said...

What dramatic shots! Good thing the roads are straight and flat. Who could take their eyes of that sky!

Kat
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