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August 6, 2008
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Canon EOS 5D
Focal Length
24 mm
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Date Taken
Aug 6, 2008, 5:53:30 PM
Sun-Dial Peak by tourofnature Sun-Dial Peak by tourofnature
Sun-Dial peak in the upper Wasatch mountains, Utah.

This is a hike I've been wanting to do for awhile, and today I got off early from work and went for it.

I either seriously overestimated my physical prowess, or underestimated the difficulty of this hike because by the time I reached the lake, I was happy to be alive. I thought about turning back more than once, but the peak in the distance kept me going. Finally I arrived and shot as I nervously watched the sky change in front of me as the clouds began to look more and more ominous.

After what I thought was a great shoot I started to head down. Not more than 5 minutes from leaving the top I heard a ground shaking thunder sweep down the valley. I've been in high alpine lightning storms and I wasn't the least bit pleased to be in another one. After I saw a flash of lighting it occurred to me I had an aluminum tripod sticking out the back of my pack. "Aluminum is an excellent electricity conductor" was the recurring thought in my mind as lighting seemed to strike all around me and rain drenched everything. 7 miles later, after a hair raising run/jog/scramble down, I finally arrived at my car strangely thankful to be alive. I dunno, I've seen lightning strike close and the stuff scares the hell out of me.

That was my Wednesday adventure, and this shot represents the fruits of my labor.

Canon 5D. 24-105mm. HDR. Circ pol.

Opinions welcomed. :D
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ironmanbr Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2008
Amazing!! :clap: :clap:
tourofnature Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you!
ironmanbr Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2008
Welcome!! :)
kkart Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Professional Photographer
Hey Wayson, what font are u using for your watermark?
tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Its BankGothic MDBT
kkart Featured By Owner Aug 26, 2008  Professional Photographer
yikes that is one expensive font!
eDDie-TK Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
sweeeet pic and grrreat story - thanks for sharing
tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
oh you liked the story? Great, I'm glad you took the time to read it. Thanks Eddie, :D
SpitfireShepherd Featured By Owner Aug 8, 2008  Student Traditional Artist
Too beautiful. I've always dreamed of visiting places like this... maybe one day I'll get out and actually do it. ;)
Cookies for the courage! Thunderstorms scare the hell outta me, glad you got outta there safely too. This shot really is great. :D :+favlove:
tourofnature Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thank you, I know I was glad I got out there and hiked this! I'm glad you liked and thanks for the :+fav:. :)
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