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Lightning over Devil’s Tower National Monument, Wyoming, USA.

Whenever I’m working lightning, I play the following song over and over. I love the music and the lyrics reminds me of the romance one must have with lightning to survive. Beautiful, desirable, and exciting to experience, but one can never trust it…please open the following link in a different tab and enjoy the music while enjoying the image.

Set Fire to the Rain

I accomplish my lightning photography from inside my vehicle…the tripod and camera are setup in the back with the window down. The storage box, on top of the vehicle, provides a nice awning…so let it rain…let it burn :-)

It is believed that the Tower got its name when Colonel Dodge’s translator misinterpreted the name to mean Bad God’s Tower, later shortened to Devil’s Tower. Some Indians call it Mato Tipila, meaning Bear Lodge. Other American Indian names include Bear’s Tipi, Home of the Bear, and Tree Rock.

Geologists agree that Devils Tower was formed by the intrusion (the forcible entry of magma into or between other rock formations) of igneous material. What they cannot agree upon is how that process took place and whether or not the magma reached the land surface…The simplest explanation is that Devils Tower is a stock—a small intrusive body formed by magma which cooled underground and was later exposed by erosion.

I own the copyright to this image and have coordinated my use of the image with the National Park Service…©Copyright William C. Gladish…All Rights Reserved.

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I started out as an artist, became a pilot, and ended up where I am now: nature photographer and educator. Being a pilot allowed me to observe the Earth and humanity’s impact on it from 30,000 feet for many years. It allowed me to experience different cultures and to see the world through many lenses.

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Comments

  • Paulette1021
    Paulette1021over 2 years ago

    Amazing Shot !!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Aaron Campbell
    Aaron Campbellover 2 years ago

    Awesome catch, William – faved!

  • thank you Aaron :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Rocksygal52
    Rocksygal52over 2 years ago

    Awesome capture William. love the colors.

    Cheers Jude

  • thank you Jude…Cheers :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Themis
    Themisover 2 years ago

    Oh, wow! you can see where a certain Mr Spielberg got his inspiration for a movie location! :-) Great capture, surreal colour!

  • thank you Themis…my first visit to the tower, but I can’t to visit again someday :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Chuck Wickham
    Chuck Wickhamover 2 years ago

    Your work has been featured in AMERICAS NATURAL WONDERS group. Thanks for submitting such fine work.

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • William Bullimore
    William Bullimoreover 2 years ago

    Absolutely amazing image. Fantastic.

  • thank you for the very kind words :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago

    Beautiful work… Congratulations on your feature !!!
    *FEATURES*** November 22nd 2011


    This work is eligible to in our Featured Works November 2011 Challenge
    Good Luck

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • RayDevlin
    RayDevlinover 2 years ago

    Well caught!

  • thank you :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Evita
    Evitaover 2 years ago


    Beautiful work… Congratulations… Placed in the Top Ten !!!
    Featured Works November 2011 Challenge

  • thank you Evita :-)

    – William C. Gladish

  • Lori13
    Lori13over 2 years ago

    Thanks for sharing your new work with me, Bill. I am mezmerized and this shot is amazing. But so are the rest of them!

  • thank you Lori for the very kind words :-)

    – William C. Gladish

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