Let me set the scene for you: It It was clear skies an hour earlier, so this incoming storm was a welcome sight. I had hoped to shoot these mountains from a nearby creek, but found that it had run dry for the year, so I scrambled as the light was getting good to find a new composition and settled on this. The wind was HOWLING... the flowers swayed so much it looked like they were dancing to the Cyndi Lauper album I was listening to on my ipod, which made me laugh. Then the thunder starts rolling, distant at first, but growing louder and closer with each passing minute. Then the rain, good God, the rain. I'm from the Pacific Northwest, so rain is no big deal to me... but this storm brought Cadillac sized rain drops that would come in sideways due to the wind, like that scene from Forrest Gump. At the time, I had hair down to the middle of my back... that hadn't been washed in like 8 days while camping... so I turned into a Medusa looking character as the rain soaked my head. So there I am, fine-tuning my comp, exposure blending, focus blending, iso/shutter speed blending, trying to keep my gear dry (because I'm too poor to replace it if it breaks) and listening to my homegirl Cyndi on the ipod when CRASH!!!! I'd never seen lightning that close before. You could feel the electricity in the air. I swear to you, I think I peed a little bit... seriously. It must have been no less than 40 meters away. The sound was incredible. Shortly after, the storm fully engulfed me and the light faded... which I took as my cue to get the hell outta there.
I made the couple mile walk back to my car to find out that I had been parked inside the overnight road closure area. The park ranger that was preparing to tow my truck was pretty grumpy with me and had to officially escort me out of the park.
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