The idea of the image came to me after looking through some books with landscape photographies.
I tried to capture the mood of a sunset in a desert setting. In the distance mountains are bathed in red sun light. Colorful clouds cover the sky.
In the foreground we see some yucca plants and scrubs.
a sphere with gradient texture;
a disc wit a spherical gradienttexture;
a single density file based on a bozo color map;
cylinder primitives with scattering/absorption media;
heightfield with slope dependent texture map;
heightfield with granite texture and bump map;
some macros that create plants with random deviations;
I used MORAY to design and control the overall setting. The plant macros were programmed with the POV-Ray editor.
POV-Ray 3.6.1 official version for rendering - Moray 3.5 for modeling overall scene settings and textures - Photoshop for conversion of image from PNG to JPG - POV-Ray to create image slices of density files for clouds - tga2df3.exe by PodD to transform image slices into density files - World Maschine 0.99 beta by Stephen Schmitt (Shareware) for heightfield of mountain
Detail 1: 1077x807 @ 807,689
Detail 2: 1079x810 @ 650,909
Too much work on the clouds (that turn out impressive but still not so convincing) and as a result we can't see anything on the ground.