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: