Actually, the rain had stopped but the stormy light and soaked colors made everything seem quite magical in the deep forest. All the land in the Steep Rock Preserves is steeply furrowed, carved by the ice age glaciers. Here the camera is looking down a steep ravine and across to the opposite hill, while an even higher ridge behind the camera deepens the cloudy skylight and makes it more directional.
About an hour and a half later and miles back toward the Hidden Valley main entrance, the clouds were breaking and reforming, changing the light quality constantly. This is looking down the ridge on the east side of the Shepaug River, and across to the steep ridge to the west.