I’ve grown accustomed to leaving New Jersey at the start of summer, and, even though it hasn’t been too long since my last visit to the southwest, it get harder every time I return. The red rocks of southern Utah remain the place I desire most often, and my plans to return have already begun to materialize. The next couple of months have already planned themselves out, and then it’s time to go back to where the sun is hot and the humidity is not. It might be a long summer on the East Coast, but sooner than I think I’ll be back among the landscapes of the desert.
It turns out being in the right place at the right time is a big part of getting a good photo. It also happens that sitting in the same spot for an hour shooting hundreds of frames trying to catch one of the numerous lightning strikes happening a few miles away in the desert is another big part of it. After an amazing day of hiking in slot canyons we got to witness this beautiful lightning storm attack the desert as the sun went down. We had a great, safe vantage point from the road where we could sit and enjoy the show. This was my first attempt at editing a lightning shot, and I’m pretty happy with the result.
This is one of my favorite spots to be in the world; well, the world I’ve explored so far. Double O Arch in Arches National Park is the one place I have visited one every trip I’ve taken west of the Mississippi. The trail is great, taking you past several arch formations and over giant rock fins. Part of the beauty of this park is being able to interact with the landscape. You can walk up to, through, and on top of this arch. The sunset does beautiful things to the red rocks, bringing out the colors that are more muted during the day. If you do visit this place for sunset, be prepared with a headlamp for the hike back. It gets dark fast.