14th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
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.

Photo Detail
Date Taken: 07.2016
Date Uploaded: 08.2016
Photo Location: Tucson, Arizona, United States of America
Copyright: © Meaghan Dodd