Monsoon Storm in Zion

There was a monsoon storm pop up this evening in Zion National Park.  It was one of the most spectacular storms I’ve seen in quite a while.  The rain came down in buckets.  Lightning everywhere!  I watched lightning hit Mount Majestic three times in about five minutes!  I wish I could have gotten them on film!  One of the times lightning hit Mount Majestic and Castle Dome almost simultaneously!

Anyway, I decided it was necessary to get out the camera and start shooting.  Glad I did!  I caught these of Employee Falls, which is right outside my back door!

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Now

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the Audience Choice Award for last week’s entry of John Ford‘s Point in Monument Valley!  It’s a great honor!!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Now!

Yesterday while at work, I noticed some turkeys running around.  The males were strutting their stuff to gain dominance in the harem, while at the same time trying to gain interest of the females.  It’s actually quite entertaining!

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After a while, they settled down to eat whatever they could scrounge out of the lawn.  Oh, by the way, that is a four-point buck mule deer munching away at the grass as well.  I call this one “Walking on the Wild Side.”

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This is from earlier this afternoon while walking home from work, I caught a waterfall at Employee Falls

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Tonight, when I went outside to go to dinner, I looked up and realized I NEED my camera with me! This was the view from my front door tonight!

CRW_0016zThis is Mountain of the Sun, which is behind the building where I live.

CRW_0013zThis is Lady Mountain, with Mount Zion in front (the little peak to the right).

I walked further down, and captured this:

CRW_0018zThis is Lady Mountain on the left, Castle Dome in the middle and Cathedral Mountain on the right.

I finally made it to dinner (barely), but when I saw this, there was no way I was passing this up!

CRW_0019zThis is Zion Lodge, in beautiful Zion National Park (my home).  This is where i live and work.  Jealous??!?