The Eruption of Sierra San José

August 04, 2020  •  Leave a Comment

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©RGallucci Photography
www.rgallucci.com
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Shoot Date: August 2, 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM | f/4.0 | 30.0 sec | ISO 200

Laying docile across the border of Arizona and Mexico is Sierra San José, an extinct volcano whose many sharp ridges define its name. Sierra, loosely translated from Spanish, means saw. One has only to look at the profile of this stunning range to see its saw-like characteristics. 

Another incredible feature of this isolated sky-island range is the durability of its beauty. It maintains an iconic stature regardless of the time of day, or season of the year, it is viewed. I often find myself spending hours looking at the delicate ballet of light that dances across its flanks throughout a day. Yet yesterday it was the night the illuminated its majesty. 

As I watched, a small southern Arizona high desert monsoon squall crawled slowly from Douglas, across the Mule mountains until it crossed the border near the bifurcated town of Naco. By the time it reached the San José mountain, there was little energy left in it. But, since it was the only cell with any potential for lightning, I stuck with it. This mammoth strike was my reward. With its the many tendrils of light erupting from the low hanging clouds to the unfathomable breadth of their reach over half the mountain to the brilliant lumination they cast over the entire range, this bolt delivered all. 

When I see the wonders of the natural world, I realize that only a power much higher than we could be its source. For the gift of His visions, and the honor to share them, I am blessed. 

I remain His scribe. 

The Eruption of Sierra San José
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Shoot Date: August 2, 2020
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM | f/4.0 | 30.0 sec | ISO 200


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