Storm To The West
Just the other night I was cursing the storm that grounded my son's flight and cost him a whole day of the short time remaining of his leave from the war in Iraq. Last night, with him back home again, I found the time to enjoy the beauty of nature in its full glory. Storms can be beautiful to witness under the right circumstances. I had no where better to be, and could view the storm from a safe distance. A hole in the clouds relected a brilliant sunset and reassured the residents that there were blue skies close at hand.
Storm To The East
I have been trying to capture a good shot of lightning for a year now but the majority of the times I am prevented by the rain. Last night I was fortunate to have the opportunity to witness the storm from a distance before the clouds opened up above me. Unfortunately I have reflexes as quick as sludge. I only caught this bolt because my husband was able to tell me when to click the shutter. I used a lower shutter speed and aperture setting to lighten the exposure and catch some of the fore ground. When I loaded the pictures on the computer later I discovered, much to my delight, the reason behind the absence of my pelicans. They had moved from the Pelican Pond and were now taking up residence at the Reservoir. (that's them just above the right side of the sandbar).
As for my storm photography, well, I still need a LOT of work on getting my settings and exposures right. But I wasn't disappointed with last night's shoot for the storm had led me to my old friends. Finally, summer had truly arrived for me. The pelicans, the birds of summer, had returned.