Monday, April 23, 2007

Stormy Weather

Lightning striking again and again and again!
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"It is not light that we need, but fire; it is not the gentle shower, but thunder. We need the storm, the whirlwind, and the earthquake." ~ Frederick Douglass
Stormy weather always brings out the photographer in me and more often than not, you'll find me out trying to capture the beauty and power of lightning. It isn't an easy task. Some times a hundred shots will yield only one decent strike. I think it would be perfect if I could set up a tripod somewhere out in the country, with no interference from street lights and city lights. In complete darkness with only the storm as a light source, perhaps a long exposure could catch some extreme weather!

My daughter is a college junior with a major in Geology and an interest in weather, BIG weather. She was born in Oklahoma City.... in "tornado alley" ... and when she was two weeks old, attended a baby shower during an evening of very BIG weather. That early May saw a breakout of more than ten tornadoes in OKC and during those three hours, the sirens went off eight times. Could this perhaps had some mysterious influence on her choice of a college major? Who knows!?

Submission for Shutterday topic "stormy weather". (end of post)

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