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Riding the Wildfire II by gwrhino Riding the Wildfire II by gwrhino
My run-ins with lightning are pretty well documented here on this forum. They have come because of what I do, but usually because I remain too long while staying on mission. This encounter happened because, well, what could I do. Above is my evidence.

The storm came from directly behind me heading directly for the canyon right before sunset. I was figuring I was gonna get skunked (image wise) because of too much storm, if you know what I mean. I was sitting in the truck, riding it out, doing the due diligence thing, waiting to see what would happen.

I was talking to my wife on the phone when I saw it start developing from my vantage spot in the truck. Lightning was hammering the rim all around me. ....1 to 2 second intervals between the flash and the crash. Finally I couldn't stand it. I told my wife to call the rangers if I didn't call her back in 20 minutes.

So I dashed out there in a pouring rain with my heart in my mouth. The lightning gave me 3 minutes. The hair on my head was standing straight up, pretty much a precursor for lightning strikes. It was worth it, but I know I can't keep on doing this...I think I need help (he said in a small strangled voice)

The next night I ran into a couple from Denver that saw me do it. They told me they made their kids look away.
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Dance0927 Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
alban-expressed Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2011
Stunning picture you brave man.
AZVaquero Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011
George, on July 3rd it finally rained on the Santa Ritas, south of Tucson. prior to then, the mountains had received 1/2 inch since November last year...... even the prickly pear are dying. The ocotillo have not bloomed on the hills, barrell cactus either. Only 2 or 3 man-made tanks have water in the hills. The hills are as dry as a pop-corn fart. Thank God, we are now getting the much needed rain. We stood outside and got wet for a bit. But, once the sky began really lighting up, well, it was time to get in the house (before our hair began staning up too). Yep, the length some people will go to capture nature at her best...... :)
Ithelda Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply gorgeous :heart:
barcon53 Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011
Amazing, awesome! What a shot and exciting to read the story with it. :clap:
Bojkovski Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
excellent shot
great work
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
So epic. I absolutely love your work George. Such a strong inspiration for me and many others.
gwrhino Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011
...thanks for the kind words...
BradLeeDaleNorth Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
You're very welcome.
Ian-Plant Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2011  Professional Photographer
I bow to the master . . .

I know you never get the credit you deserve but you really do hve a deft mastery of moment and mood. Few are your equal.
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