Photo of lightning strike at a volcanic plug north of Kayenta, Arizona.
Agathla Peak is also known as El Capitan in Spanish and as
Aghaałą́, which means "place of wool and hair" in Navaho

Photo and prayer 2015 by Danny N. Schweers

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Mary wrote:
Danny, how did you ever capture the lightning strike? Lovely photo, lovely poem. Hope all is well.

Walter wrote:
Great photo. Looks exactly like what happened to me once in Big Bend. Near the top of the highest peak there (Emory Peak?), lightning struck the trail right behind us. Thanks for the memory. :)

Jim wrote:
When I think about it there seems no safety in this dynamic, changing world at all. I just make it up as I go along imagining I can predict what's next - and scrambling to make it seem to make sense as the unexpected keeps rolling in.

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It is easy to photograph lightning. Just point your camera where it struck last, then wait a minute for it to strike again. There isn’t time to move the camera after you see the lightning flash, but there is often time enough to click the shutter if you have the camera pointed in the right direction.

Yes, the photo is from a recent trip to the Four Corners area of New Mexico, Arizona, and Utah. Soon I hope to post some galleries online. "Place of wool and hair?” If so, Agathla Peak would have been a site of pre-industrial pollution.