Wednesday night’s clouds were too good to resist. I wanted a fresh photo spot for them, but with a tiny window looking like it might present itself I opted to just find a nice high spot. Double Ditch was the most obvious choice, although the entire site is lined with orange construction fence and heavy equipment right no. It made for some challenges, but it also forced me to consider some angles I hadn’t before.
Right as I got there, a little sliver opened up in the clouds on the horizon, beaming brilliant rays of color all over the place. Thankfully I had just dashed across the prairie grass and rolls of the Double Ditch terrain and set up to the south of the little stone hut I know so well.
As soon as the gold light abated, I worked feverishly to capture some of the remaining purples and pinks that managed to sneak through the otherwise diffused sunset light. The horizon had closed off again, but plenty of color managed to find its way through the low, dense clouds that had brought me here in the first place.
There were some clear spots from time to time, with blues and even pinks making fleeting appearances. The clouds were moving very quickly, and many were close to the ground. That’s why I was here, as I’ve mentioned. They didn’t disappoint.
This is the only view I could get from the stone wall without featuring dirt berms, orange fencing, and/or earth moving equipment. Thankfully the clouds did their part.
I was walking back to the truck when I realized there was a different kind of show taking place to the northeast. This turned into a cell that dropped a bunch of rain on northeast Bismarck on its way through the area.
This was a quick dash, but I’m so glad I took it. The skies were really dramatic, with low, fast-moving clouds, and although I didn’t expect any grand sunset light I was treated to a few minutes anyway thanks to that sliver opening up on the horizon. As with any sunrise or sunset, being there in case something happens paid off big.