Video ID: es2038 Title: Summer Morning Skies, Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming Location: Medicine Bow Mountains, Wyoming

Beginning with an early morning leaden sky that in most parts of the world would suggest impending rain, reinforced by distant rumbling thunder, the clouds steadily break up to reveal patches of blue sky and occasional streaks of virga - rain that evaporates before reaching the ground.

Even as the sky becomes almost cloud-free, behind, the low, early sun is periodically obscured by moving clouds, causing a play of sunlight and deep shadow on the distant mountains, the intermediate ponderosa pines, and the sage and grass in the foreground.

Wind in the grasses and sage and occasional cameo appearances of sparrows and hawks.

Toward the end of the sequence, the clouds in the Southwest reflect the early morning rose color of cloud-filtered sunlight.