My July 2016 Photo of the Month is East Wetlands Sunrise, a photo taken near the Colorado River’s Yuma Crossing.
I am proud to say that getting up at 4 AM to get out to make this image was my Grandmother‘s idea. July is generally the beginning of monsoon season in Arizona, as warm moist air moves North from the Gulf of California and brings storms, lightning, and precipitation to the desert.
This had all the ingredients of a beautiful sunrise, but I was still stunned at the weather. It should be noted that walking out to the wetlands before the sun came up, it was still something like 95 degrees. I must say I struggled a bit more than my Grandmother, who is quite acclimated to this weather.
The best part about this image is that I got to share it with my Grandma, who even in advanced age is still a dynamo of energy and enthusiasm. She loves to paint, and these scenes inspire her, and her Grandson loves to photograph, and I was inspired as well. What an awesome moment to share.
I knew the moment I made this photograph, it would end up this month’s Photo of the Month.
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T.M. Schultze is a San Diego-based photographer, traveller, and writer. He writes, photographs, and draws things of the outdoors that have inspired humans for thousands of years. He co-authored the Photographer’s Guide to Joshua Tree Park which can be purchased here.