A massive lightning monsoon thunderstorm in North Scottsdale, Arizona. A scenic view of the famous zip code 85255, Pinnacle Peak, Reata Pass Area. . Many giant lightning bolts from high clouds striking the ground with mountains and city lights. A long 1024 second exposure. ISO 100 – f.7.1. This is a blast from the past and my old stomping grounds before the BUILD BABY BUILD people ruined it.
In the 1880’s this was a stage stop. During the Arizona Territory days, Reata Pass was on an old stagecoach stop along a dust-filled, rocky trail that wandered often steeply uphill northeast from Phoenix and on to connect Fort McDowell on the Verde River and Prescott. Crossing the McDowell Mountains in those days was no easy task as the climb took its toll on the passengers and horses. Travelers were treated to a hearty meal and cool drink while the horses were being watered, The old jailhouse is original and was used in the 1880’s to hold Indian prisoners. Black and white Fine art nature landscape photography prints, canvas art and stock images by James Bo Insogna. (C) 2011