I was in Phoenix for a conference just before the 4th of July and it was 109 degrees.
“But it’s just a dry heat,” they all say.
Once the conference was over, I immediately booked a car and took off for the mountains. I made my way through the Prescott National Forest and the temps finally made their way down to a cool and comfortable 72. I kept on moving and ended up seeing a spectacular thunderstorm just outside of Sedona before nightfall. The next day I explored Roosevelt Lake in the Tonto National Forest and then headed west of Phoenix to see what I could see. The landscape became smooth and flat, definitely much more agricultural than the areas I had just been exploring. Around sunset, a thunderstorm in the distance was producing some spectacular lightning, and so I began my quest for the evening – get a stellar shot.