Summer Storm

For the past few days, we’ve had thunderstorms every evening.  The rain has been nice, since it’s meant that I haven’t had to drag garden hoses all over the yard to water plants.

But Sunday night’s storms were of the severe sort; the kind with the crackling/sizzling lightning strikes that let you know the storm is close.  In fact, a lightning strike started a house fire two streets over from us. The house is, most likely, a total loss.  It was beyond frightening to look out our window and see flames probably 30+ feet in the air. There were no injuries, but our thoughts are with the family as they deal with the loss of their home and possessions.

Monday evening’s storm was much less fierce.  Because it was cloudy, I hadn’t given any thought to the sunset. Then, I checked Facebook and noticed a photo that our niece, Liz, who lives nearby, had posted of a massive storm cloud. And I headed outside, camera in hand.

storm cloud and sun 7-6-2015 8-01-13 PM

It was eerie. And beautiful at the same time.

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Rain was definitely on the way.

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But, white swan wasn’t concerned in the least. She was just interested in dinner.

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Thanks, Liz, for the heads-up.

 clouds birds 7-6-2015 8-13-23 PM

I would have been disappointed to miss that photo op.

~These Days Of Mine~

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20 responses to “Summer Storm

  1. Eerie and beautiful at the same time. So sad about your neighbor’s home. Prayers for them. It has been nice not worrying about a lack of rain this year. Showers of blessings.

  2. What an amazing series of photos – Mother Nature did NOT look happy! Kind of makes me remember how much power is in a storm though. Sad about your neighbors’ home……lightning is so scary.

    Pam

  3. At one point it almost looked like a tornado! Scary! But they are beautiful just the same. I miss sitting on the front porch watching storms gather….

  4. Wonderful to see the progression of the storm clouds!! There was a video on tv news from a fireman’s body cam inside the house before they had to rush out before the roof collapsed. A terrifying sight!!

  5. Those are beautiful photos. Storms intrigue me and living where we do now it is difficult to see past the houses to see the sky as well. When we move we will be on a lake and even though there are houses around I think I will be seeing quite a different view.

  6. Fascinating photos! Very sorry to hear about your neighbors’ home. Nature can be so wicked … and yet, so amazingly beautiful, too.

  7. I saw your FB post about your neighbor’s home. So scary and devastating for them but glad no one was hurt. I think storm clouds are fascinating too but ominous at the same time. Always good to be careful when you’re out there getting those perfect shots. And these are exceptional, Dianna!

  8. Stunning cloud formation! Well done capturing it so well.
    So sorry to hear of the house fire. As I said before, I just can’t fathom that sort of loss. Makes me so thankful for what I take for granted on a daily basis. Glad they’re okay.
    ~d.

  9. Those were amazing shots of some very unique clouds.

  10. Those are gorgeous!!! I particularly like the one with the white swan!
    Kisses
    Nellie

  11. So glad you are safe and so glad you got photos for us to enjoy. Those storms were something. Ours here in Suffolk seemed to happen after bedtime so no photos for me. I just hid under the covers.

  12. WOW is all I can say. Great photography.

  13. A fabulous foto op and you took advantage of it beautifully! Stunning shots. 🙂

  14. Fierce and beautiful at the same moment… definitely one of your most impressive series ..
    I haven’t headed to the hallway during a storm in probably 3 or 4 years, but I spent some time in there the other evening during this one ..

  15. These are amazing! Love the clouds and the patches of clear sky. What a contrast! Glad you’re safe even in the storms! ~ Sheila

  16. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Oh my goodness!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What amazing and scary pictures these are.
    Glad to hear no one what hurt in that fire. Our Horne Family Reunion on the 4th was in Gatling Pt. at 604 Gatling Point How close was that to the fire?

  17. Wow, that was a crazy sky to add to your collection. Sorry to hear of the loss of a neighbor’s home.

  18. This has been one nutty summer ~ sorry to hear about your neighbors, that is so very scary.

    Your skies look like my homeland … 21 days 🙂 MJ

  19. Wow! Just beautiful and ominous. You truly have a wonderful gift for capturing the sky and all it’s glory both good and bad. 🙂

  20. The storm came and left it’s mark! Thanks for the sky pics…Love the summer storms as I witnessed a few in northern MN during my visit.Wonderful cloud formations and dark thunderheads. A show not to kiss for sure.

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