Yesterday I did my first storm chasing. One of the ladies in our photo club takes these gorgeous, and awesome pictures of storms. They are incredible really. I asked her if she would call me during the next storm so we could take pictures together. She said she would, and true to her word, she called me yesterday morning. "There's going to be a big, wonderful storm tonight," she told me. Really, are you sure? As we were talking, I went to the window to look outside. It was gorgeous out--not a cloud in the sky, not much wind, and a nice temperature. How could there be a storm coming? She said it would hit between 9 pm and midnight. It did not seem possible that a storm was coming, but I was game. I called my other photographer friend, Stephanie, http://sdphotoblog.wordpress.com, to see if she would like to go with me. She did. My storm chasing friend lives in the country just outside of Dexter. Let me tell you, it was pitch black around her house. We decided to go to Bottomless Lakes to catch some good lightning. We set up on the side of the road after checking for snakes.
|My first capture of lightning. I was very excited.|
|The camera was on a tripod, so the spot was the same. Notice the difference in cloud structure. Flat clouds like this are what tornados come out of. At least, that is what my grandfather who lived in Oklahoma told me.|
|I changed location here. There seemed to be more lightning in the new spot.|
|This lightning was way up in the clouds. Interesting how the sky color changes.|
|I changed location again. The storm was moving on. We decided to pack it up and go home. I got home at 1 a.m.|