An assortment of cumulus clouds intermingle over a western desert landscape of the sort first photographed in large-format monochrome by the likes of Ansel Adams and Adam Clark Vroman. They were pioneering photographers who not only noticed and appreciated the sky, but made it an indispensable aspect of so many of their classical landscape images. Note the faint reddish tinge on the bases of some of the thicker clouds. That’s a reflection of the badlands located below those clouds, unseen beyond these striking hills (known as “The Tepees”). I’ve noticed the same phenomenon with lower cloud bases over swaths of open, red-dirt fields in northwest Texas and western Oklahoma as well.