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Layered clouds over undulating mountains

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Hueco Tanks State Park, El Paso County, Texas; November 9, 2016.

They know how to do clouds out there.

© 2017 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 18, 2017 at 4:54 AM

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  1. What a neat reversal. Often, it’s the clouds that undulate and the rock strata that seem solid. Hueco Tanks is another of those places where geology and human history met, although from my reading it seems people came here less for the view (of enemies, prey, etc.) than to gather water. Were you able to take one of the tours and see the rock art?


    January 18, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    • Yes, we took a two-hour tour that included a little of the rock art at Hueco Tanks. After what we saw at Valley of Fire in Nevada and what we’d seen years earlier at Seminole Canyon in Trans-Pecos Texas and some other places, the petroglyphs at Hueco Tanks struck me as unimpressive. Our guide said there’s plenty more at a nearby location that he also offers to take people to, but that will have to wait for a future trip. The clouds that day, from El Paso to Hueco Tanks, became the big attraction.

      Hueco is the Spanish word for ‘hollow,’ and in this case you’re correct that people relied on water that accumulates in the hollows of some of the rocks there.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 18, 2017 at 7:08 AM

  2. This reminds me of how frost weed looks


    January 18, 2017 at 5:57 AM

  3. Looks like someone pulled a pallet knife across the sky!

    Playamart - Zeebra Designs

    January 18, 2017 at 8:01 AM

  4. Very cool, Steve.


    January 18, 2017 at 1:56 PM

    • You’d have had a great time with the clouds that morning. There were also good formations other than this one.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 18, 2017 at 2:12 PM

  5. What a sky! Fabulous.

    anna warren portfolio

    January 18, 2017 at 11:26 PM

  6. […] great clouds made the day on November 9, 2016, above Hueco Tanks State Park in far west Texas, this subtly […]

  7. Very nice! Love skyscapes!

    Reed Andariese

    January 20, 2017 at 7:24 AM

  8. I’m a cloud person .. this is so good! I love the way the focus is on clouds and yet the mountains hint at grandeur 😃


    January 21, 2017 at 3:37 PM

    • That’s just how I wanted people to see it: “the way the focus is on clouds and yet the mountains hint at grandeur.” It was the best morning for clouds in the whole trip.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM

  9. Nice capture, Steve! I love cloudscapes.

    You might like this NOAA link to cloud types.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 22, 2017 at 10:04 PM

    • Thanks for the link. I found the information there quite useful. I didn’t know that “Cirrus clouds are always composed of ice crystals, and their transparent character depends upon the degree of separation of the crystals.”

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 22, 2017 at 11:08 PM

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