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Lightning Mirth

Lightning Mirth

"Mirth is like a flash of lightning, that breaks through a gloom of clouds, and glitters for a moment; cheerfulness keeps up a kind of daylight in the mind, and fills it with a steady and perpetual serenity." ~ Joseph Addison

Photographed from McFadden peak, on the edge of the Sierra Ancha Wilderness, in the Tonto National Forest of Arizona. The thrust of this monsoon storm was centered right over my land, and while trying to ride the storm out, I gave up when the hail started and escaped 5 miles north to this peak, where I could watch the storm’s profile safely. When the storm was over, I returned to my land, and the other locals in the area told me that it was the worst in over two years. While falling asleep to the sound of flooding washes nearby that usually never flow, I continued to smile with mirth.