Tharp_20160505-9370I had gone to the overlook with the hopes of capturing a great sunset over the Goosenecks area, but storms had been building up all afternoon and the sky was very cloudy. Still, I thought that I might get dramatic storm light, if not a great sunset. It was so windy when I got out of the car, but I pushed onward towards the overlook, and took a walk further along the edge to get a vantage point that I liked. The skies opened up, hail came down, and I had to hunker down inside a juniper tree to keep from getting pummeled! But after a few minutes, it passed over me, and I climbed out of the tree to see what might happen next. The light wasn’t happening. Darn! After about 20 minutes, of bracing myself against the wind roaring up the cliff face, I decided it was just not going to happen, and started to walk back to the parking lot. And guess what? Halfway back, the light broke through the clouds, very suddenly, but not over the goosenecks area. It was still beautiful light, golden, stormy, and I quickly found a foreground that I had seen earlier to include in the frame. I had to work fast, I could see the gap in the clouds closing. Other people were frantically running around making pictures, too. It was an unexpected moment – but those are the best sometimes!