Just before sunrise, a telephoto lens captures a brilliant band of clouds over Four Peaks. This distinctive row of peaks in the Mazatzal Mountains forms a landmark that is visible throughout the greater Phoenix area. At an elevation of 7654 feet above sea level, Brown's Peak (the leftmost) is the highest of the Four Peaks.
This photograph was published in The Arizona Republic on September 7, 2011.
Date: August 21, 2011
Time: 5:51 a.m. MST
Location: From Beeline Highway north of Mesa, Arizona
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi digital SLR
Focal length: 55-250 mm zoom lens at 220mm
Exposure time: 1/400 second