Monsoon Evening, Bears Ears Buttes


Sunset through rain curtain, Mossback Butte. Natural Bridges is on the valley floor at lower right; Navajo Mountain in far distance, upper left.


Lightning and rain at dusk, from Bears Ears Buttes, Utah.

Near Natural Bridges National Monument in southeast Utah are the Bears Ears Buttes on the Manti-La Sal National Forest. On a recent excursion there I drove up Elk Ridge Road to check out the view.

As soon as I got up there a thunderstorm enveloped me, so I staying in my vehicle and listened to the radio while enjoying the spectacle. Too dangerous to get out with lightning so near me.

Afterward I enjoyed watching the rain continue down onto Natural Bridges far below, with Mossback Butte in the distance and Navajo Mountain on the far horizon. The low light of dusk even allowed for long exposures on tripod that caught these lightning strikes.