We are constantly amazed at the sky over Cuenca and have never lived anywhere that provided such dramatic shifts in the weather hour by hour. Though the following photos were not all taken on the same day, they are an example of what a typical afternoon and evening can be like.
Photographers in Cuenca are almost always looking up at the clouds overhead where the intense sunlight causes a dramatic contrast between the clouds and the deep blue sky. This sharp contrast is a photographer's dream. Sometimes clouds reach down into the mountain valleys creating a constant surprise that totally changes the landscape. The above photo is typical of a bright sunny day.
Late in the afternoon, it is common for a rainstorm to sweep across the city. This one was unusual because the sky was black behind the city still illuminated in sunlight.
The afternoon storm clears and early evening presents a constantly changing and often colorful hour.
Sunset. What more can we say? It often seems like an inferno is roaring behind the mountains
The sun is gone and purple glows behind the clouds. Then darkness falls over the city until tomorrow when a whole new series of changing weather blows over the mountains. All of these photos were taken from the windows of our apartment in town, a never ending panorama.