Green River Overlook, Canyonlands NP, Utah, USA by Aeon Jones

There was unseasonably bad weather the week before Memorial day this year when my wife and I typically take a trip to the high Sierra for some backpacking. As Yosemite National Park and the high Sierra were forecasted to receive 2+ feet of snow we decided to "plan B" it.

We looked at the forecast for the entire region we enjoy - basically a 7 hour radius from Las Vegas - and decided on a southwest trip to check out a couple of places that have been on our list but that we hadn't yet made it to.

On day 4 we got a campsite in the Islands district of Canyonlands, a quick 1/4 mile up the road from the Green River Overlook. We were heading into the township of Moab from the park to pick up some supplies when we saw a strike of lightning in the distance.
We drove to the overlook and we saw the approaching storm cell. I gathered everything I figured I'd need and raced out of our van towards the scene I had scouted previously. I heard my wife shouting at me a short moment later "Take your rain gear!" She's one smart lady - I put it to very good use.

I set up the camera on the tripod with this composition and attached my lightning trigger to it. I was also doing some videography on this trip and set about positioning my slide rail and iphone as well as my GoPro Hero 7 for some time-lapse captures.

I didn't actually see the strike that my camera recorded for me. I was so busy running between cameras using my rocket blower to remove water drops from the lenses of each one that I wasn't looking at the scene when the shutter tripped.

It was later - when we eventually went to town to grab some pizza (and dry off) - that I imported my images into Lightroom right there on the table in the pizzeria and my wife and I were going through them one by one that we saw it and both went "WHOA!!!!".
That excitement still lingers with me.

I consider myself a desert southwest photographer and capturing this shot has made me look REALLY forward to this year's monsoon.

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    Beautiful image. My non-monsoon shots from this spot are much more mundane.
    By the way, the photography community much appreciates your honesty and beyond the call of duty in your recent lost tripod saga.

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