Being out for a sunrise one morning, it became obvious there were not enough clouds to make a good sunrise. I decided instead to look for a vantage point to see those mountains with the special light. (It turned out these are called the Whetstone Mountains.) I had maybe fifteen minutes to find a spot, so I rushed about, trying different streets. Finally, I came upon a dirt road named Sand Springs Ranch Road and gave it a try. Soon I was completely out of town, no houses, no power lines or poles, just the road and a desert full of mesquite trees. After five or six miles, I had found a good location just as the light began to hit the mountains. There was a ranch house at the end of the road, so I couldn't have gone farther anyway.
From here, mountains were visible on both sides of the road. It was cold out, so I stayed in the LRJ and moved it enough to get different views as the light changed. Anyone watching might have thought I was insane, but there was no one to watch as I did my thing. In the end, I got some shots that I really like, and I hope you do, too.