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rock reflections at Turkey Run State Park
a chipmunk enjoying seeds from a feeder
Then spinning wheel through the crack in the window
Playing on the beach at sunset
Ants at a Picnic
early morning on the still waters of Lake Cora
Love In The Treetops
In Memoriam
Soon to be a Sunflower
A paper wasp on a playground swing set in Sag Harbour
Snow Day for a White Throated Sparrow
Tear in the Ridegline
My son's caterpillar hatched from it's cocoon
Portrait of a Tufted Titmouse
"Jaws" the Carpenter Bee
A man working behind the scenes at a resort
A hidden elephant enjoying a dip.
Ready and Waiting
Soldier Beetle
White Cascade Under the Stars
Reflections of a Thirsty Paper Wasp
 Kayaking on the lake Louise
Grand Canyon, AZ. 5/26/16
14th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
Tear in the Ridegline

Warm air, hiking through Brown Mountain loop with my husband and son, the evening is gloaming and a slight shift of a distinct wind passes through. It is peak monsoon season, so we turn around. A burst of lightning strikes North across the ridgeline of Gates Pass Overlook. I tell my family to continue; eagerly I set up my tripod and camera and compose my panorama. There isn't much time before the heavy drops will come slamming down. Ten minutes pass and only small bolts have emerged. Patiently, I whisper, "Come on, show me your legs!" and within seconds em-blazed across the sky I was able to capture this moment. "I got it!" Quickly turning my Nikon off and folding the tripod, I turn to run and catch up to my family. At this point the sun has vanished and the trail has faded, we run into a scared bobcat, we pause, watch the rumbling sky above for a moment then continue on. Next, we hear an irritated javelina family scurrying ahead. The smell of rain is close, my son is laughing, skipping over jagged rocks we make it to the car just as rain hammers down from the darkened vehement sky. Car doors slam, and we all start laughing.

TAGS: Arizona, Forest, Lightning, Monsoon, Saguaro, Trail, United States

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Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
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© Meaghan Dodd.
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Date Taken: 07.2016
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