I'm always drawn to the shadow play that the clouds cast upon the landscape. The breaks in the clouds let in rays of light that create spot lights across the mountains.
The drama that a powerful storm in the distance adds to a barren landscape is irreplaceable. What would have been a shapeless, boring scene in the middle of the badlands became a memorable experience.
One of my passions is plein air painting. As content as I am working in my studio there is something special about painting from nature.