"The day started out like most days in May, soft white clouds, mostly blue skies, warm, and getting warmer by the minute. The smell of sage and juniper hung in the air. But throughout the afternoon the stormy forecast rang more and more true, bigger darker clouds built up south of the park, even from the trail, isolated rain storms were visible from miles and miles away. The often dry air began to feel damp and humid. As afternoon faded into evening, the sun broke through a cluster of clouds to the west, showering Smith Rock (the birth place of American sport climbing) in golden rays of light. As if that wasn't enough, the residing Bald Eagle flew mostly backlit by the intense beams, and made many dazzling appearances throughout the playground for everyone to pause and enjoy. But the show was only getting started. As the sun got gradually lower towards the horizon, the sky turned an ominous purple, then orange and pink, thunder claps and lightning bolts began to fly. While less than a few drops of rain actually hit the park itself, the rolling hills and surrounding cattle ranches took the brunt of the storm to the west, and left all who were still present to witness it in utter awe and disbelief of the nearly Jurassic like setting. Photographers often joke that the best camera you have, is the one you have with you, so to remember this moment, I took this image with my phone. It was only when I got back to the house 20 min later, that I noticed I was lucky enough to capture an actual lightning strike just over 'Asterisk Pass'. The day began like most others days in the park, and ended like nothing I've ever seen. It was a very special night." Photo and caption by @sonnietrotter
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