This urgent, blaring phone sound went off at the beginning of Melissa and my hike on the Bump & Grind last night. It was a storm alert for high winds. We looked around and didn’t see any wind and continued on up the hill.
Near the top of our hike we decided to turn around short of where we normally turn around. While stopped in the dark near the bottom of the Bump & Grind, (after a call from Ray wondering why I wasn’t home yet) we became obsessed with trying to capture the lightning going off rapid fire in the east. We knew we should get off the trail as Melissa had to go back to Sandi’s and take care of her dog and I needed to get home to Ray, but we couldn’t leave thinking….”The next shot will capture the “perfect lightning flash”.
We kept shooting….UNTIL this humongous dust ball of gale force wind engulfed us. I covered my camera and we rapidly and quite fearfully descended to our cars.
Handheld while on a late finishing hike last night. Kept the shutter open and hoped I’d capture something.
Friday, Aug 23,2013
Just in from Terry Morse:http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/node/13829
Mary Kay knows Jen and I bring our cameras when we all hike. She knows she’ll be asked to model for us.
We weren’t disappointed!
Mary Kay on our hike late this afternoon.
Jen joined us on our family Bump & Grind hike this morning.
Jen took this photo of us.
Each year someone Xmas decorates a bush on the Bump & Grind.
For those who don’t know this is the top of the Bump & Grind. This is the first time I’ve hiked to the top since this trail has been closed to hikers to protect the supposedly breeding Big Horn sheep.
Turn around point on hike.
Love, love, love this photo taken by my newest best friend, John O'Connell.
There were 5 of us who got up early (after little sleep) and hiked the Bump & Grind early this morning. There is a weekend event going on here in the desert and throughout today many more friends will arrive. Will be interesting to see who joins on tomorrow morning’s hike.
Early morning hike on the Bump & Grind.
The light was just too good to pass this up. Thanks Eric.
Eric, John, Katya and Melissa jumping for me and the incredible morning we had.
Connie wasn't feeling great and turned back during our hike.
Late afternoon on the B & G. We met some friends with the same intent in mind.
We wondered if we'd meet Mario on the hike as he is a regular.
Mario took this picture of Melissa, Jen and me on my first day hiking in heat.
And on our way down, guess who had a day off......Diana walking with her hubby, Brian.
Jen and I met Mario who was coming down the Bump & Grind.
I asked Jen if she wanted to go on a late hike. I like when someone is available and spontaneous like Jen. We brought our cameras and had a ball.
Took this photo into Topaz Adjust and clicked on "I Feel Lucky." I got lucky.
Jen is becoming very comfortable with my directing her in front of the camera. In teaching Jen the little I know about photography I explained how my camera's flash would stop her motion while walking towards me even though the light was very low. I had a fast shutter speed to kill some of the ambient light and show the rosy sky.
First time I've used my i-Phone flashlight app. It sure came in handy as we misjudged our turn around time. Playing with our cameras switched our focus (no pun intended).
Photo by Jen Clark