Summer storm, Truckee CA

Truckee is in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, high in the mountains and high in the desert. Summers are warm and dry. Sunny day after sunny day after sunny day. One evening near dusk in early August the first, and perhaps only, storm of the summer hit. Dark skies, grumbling thunder and big heavy drops of rain. The dramatic combination of sunset and thunder storm created some stunning light across the dry summer landscape.

Dandelions in the long dry grass and dirt in front of houses in the yellow light of the sunset storm, Truckee, California

Dandelions in the long dry grass and dirt in front of houses in the yellow light of the sunset storm.

Dark grey skies and the bright yellow of dry summer grass, a pine forest behind the fence, Truckee, CaliforniaThe setting sun tinges the dark clouds pink, while big heavy rain drops stain on the road in front of the houses, Truckee, California

Dark grey skies and the bright yellow of dry summer grass, a pine forest behind the fence; The setting sun tinges the dark clouds pink, while big heavy rain drops stain on the road in front of the houses.

An eerie mix of pink sunset and grey stormy light lights up the dirt on the roadside near the pine forest, Truckee, CaliforniaLong dry summer grass in front of houses with a deep grey stormy sky, Truckee, California

An eerie mix of pink sunset and grey stormy light lights up the dirt on the roadside near the pine forest; Long dry summer grass in front of houses with a deep grey stormy sky.

Pine cones and dry desert vegetation in an open field next to a fenced in house, made brilliant in the light of the storm, Truckee, California

Pine cones and dry desert vegetation in an open field next to a fenced in house, made brilliant in the light of the storm.

Yellow lines in the middle of the road heading towards a pine forest glow in the eerie light, Truckee, CaliforniaA happy dog enjoys the coolness the storm brings amongst the tall grasses in the pink light of sunset, against a deep grey stormy sky, Truckee, Caifornia

Yellow lines in the middle of the road heading towards a pine forest glow in the eerie light; A happy dog enjoys the coolness the storm brings amongst the tall grasses in the pink light of sunset, against a deep grey stormy sky.

Dry desert grasses and wildflowers in the eerie light of a pink sunset and a dramatic grey storm, both reflected in the colourful sky, Truckee, California

Dry desert grasses and wildflowers in the eerie light of a pink sunset and a dramatic grey storm, both reflected in the colourful sky.

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