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Lake Blanche by tourofnature Lake Blanche by tourofnature
:iconparkflavor: Chris and I decided to take a weekend backpacking trip to Lake Blanche and Sundial Peak in the Twin Peak Wilderness area of the Wasatch mountains. We both knew the forecast called for a chance of rain but didn't hesitate to head up the trail.

We were gifted some amazing light for photography but paid a price later that night. Earlier in the evening and during sunset I saw some of the best light I've had a chance to photograph. After a productive session we were walking back to our tents and I looked over my shoulder to see a violent lightning bolt strike miles away in the valley below, and I said to Chris half joking, "that storm is probably going to hit us around 2 this morning."

Unfortunately my prediction came true. We were camped on an exposed bluff and all hell broke out at almost exactly 2 am. After severe winds and rain combined with one hell of an active electric storm things finally started to calm down. Our tents were maybe 5 ft apart and we couldn't hear each other yelling at the top of our lungs because of the rain and wind. It sounded like a freight-train passing by. The worst was a bolt that struck so close I was convinced it had hit the tree our tents were next to. We were both shaken by the proximity and the intensity of the lightning and almost had each other convinced to walk the 3 1/2 miles back in the dark at 3:30 in the morning. After a careful examination of the skies and the perceived threat, we decided to stay up on the mountain and walked down the next morning. It was a hell of a good photo adventure, one that I'll not soon forget. I still have a few more shots to post from the light show we witnessed.

If you made it this far, thanks for hanging in there.

Lake Blanche. Wasatch Mountains, Utah.

Canon 5D. 17-40 L. CPL. 3GHS GND.

From earlier in the evening looking down the valley:
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dwth Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2011  Student Artist
This photo has been featured on Thumbs of the Week 181st to 189th.:wave:
Monolith507 Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2011  Hobbyist
Utah is such a beautiful place, I want to go there so badly!
Stunning photo! :]
pl3th0ra Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awesome, such beauty! Looks so tranquil
tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, it was tranquil then, but not later that night. A lightning storm hit us later!
pl3th0ra Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Oh wow! Must of been pretty intense
GraphiteColours Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Hi! You've been featured here: [link]
tourofnature Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Always an honor, thank you very much!
coby111 Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
This photo instantly caught my eye when I searched for the top landscape photos for the last 3 days.

This photo is absolutely amazing. I can't even begin to describe how much I like it.

I live in Utah as well and a few months ago I was searching on Google Earth around Big Cottonwood and just looking at photos that people had pinned. I found one of Lake Blanche and instantly wanted to hike up there so badly.

As soon as I get my new lenses and tripod, that the first place I want to go. How's the hike up there? I'd love to hike up there and camp and see what all that area has to offer.
tourofnature Featured By Owner Jul 20, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Hey, thanks a lot Coby. The hike to Lake Blanche is pretty strenuous, I think its around 3 1/2 miles up but there is a lot of elevation gain. Of course you have amazing views to keep you moving tho! It is my favorite place in the Wasatch and I definelty encourage a photo expedition up there, sunset is the best time to photograph it. Good luck man.
BlackHeavens Featured By Owner Jul 16, 2011
=A= looking at all these beautiful pictures make me feel that i have no life.........
djlampkins Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Stunning Wayson! I think we all have a hiking story that is similar... No less exciting either.... I know I do! Glad you were able to get some great shots!
tourofnature Featured By Owner Jul 19, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
Haha, thanks David, I hate lightning! You've been caught in some bad storms too then eh? Not a fun experience all around.
conelyn Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
OniSanz Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Very very beautiful place.
sandor09 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
Beautiful work.
marsMGphotography Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
an adventure, for sure ;)
PeterJCoskun Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011
What a story and experience. The shot paid off, but I don't know if I could stand camping under lightning strikes hah.
JanPusdrowski Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Student Photographer
grea shot indeed!
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
quite a story too!..damn!
davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
Outstanding shot wayson
LeashaAHooker Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011   Photographer
Awesome image and thanks for sharing the story of your adventure! Awesome!!! :heart:
C-Antoinette Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011   Photographer
This photo is incredible on so many levels, I love everything about it! What an amazing story that goes along with it, I'm sure it's an experience you're not soon to forget :)
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Canon EOS 5D
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1/4 second
Focal Length
20 mm
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Date Taken
Jul 9, 2011, 7:46:02 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS3 Windows
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