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Cactus and the Clouds

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Dark clouds do not also means storms are coming. They don’t even necessarily always mean that rain is coming.

Many photographers prize what they call storm light. It often occurs when the sun pops out after a storm and illuminates the back edge of the storm.

The contrast of objects against the dark clouds can make for some dramatic images.

This image is not storm light per se, but it has some of its qualities. There was no rain and no storm from those dark clouds in the background.

Yet I was able to take advantage of the edge of those clouds opening up a path for direct sunlight. It arrived in time to give this saguaro cactus a late day warm lighting.

The image was made near Tucson, Arizona. Those are the Santa Catalina Mountains in the distance.

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Not Quite Classic Anymore

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The era of building classic lighthouses in America is long past. There is still a need for navigational lights along major waterways, but the lights are mounted on functional poles and other structures.

Such is the case with this light at the entrance to the harbor that leads to Holland, Michigan, from Lake Michigan.

There is a traditional lighthouse on the other side of the harbor entrance that has been nicely maintained. And there is this.

In the background the skies over Lake Michigan are looking threatening and later tonight that light might be a welcome sight for some.

Another Double Rainbow

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Mary Ann and I were talking by phone around 7 p.m. when she said she saw a rainbow. It had not been much of a storm, a little thunder and lighting, but not a whole lot of rain. Then she said the rainbow was getting brighter. We were about done talking and she had to get back to work. But first there was the matter of recording yet another rainbow over Cleveland. The view is looking southeastward.

Storm Light

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Photographs featuring storm light can be planned, but often they occur by happenstance. You’re in the middle of a storm, but it passes through and the sun comes out behind it. Such was the case when Mary Ann Whitley was taking a break at work following a storm and captured this image of the gold budding trees against the back of the storm.

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June 16, 2017 at 6:40 am

Storm is a Coming

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I lived in central Illinois for three decades and during that time I saw countless thunderstorms roll in and out. Yet I never once thought to get out and photograph one.

I stumbled across a Flickr page operated by a woman who lives near where I grew up and I have been fascinated with her work in photographing thunderstorms and other weather phenomenon that can easily be seen on the Illinois prairie.

It might look flat and boring to many people — particularly those who don’t live there — but the prairie can yield some dramatic images if you know how to “see” it.

Looking at the work of that photographer has taught me how to see my former home state.

I had just gotten my digital camera when I made a trip back to Illinois. I was driving back to Champaign and could see a thunderstorm brewing off to the west.

I pulled over just outside of Rantoul and got this image. It’s nothing spectular, but is a common sight on the prairie of a storm coming.

I was back in my motel room when the storm actually hit and it was fierce for a while.

I was driving to another hotel to attend a banquet after the storm had ended. I took the long way around, driving through the countryside west of town.

There were some really nice storm light images to be had. But, alas, I didn’t want to take my camera with me to the banquet and left it in my motel room. It was a painful lesson and this image will always remind me of it.

At the End of My Rainbow

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Another storm has passed through Cleveland. Another wave of thunderstorms is coming, but for now there is a break in the clouds. It is still raining to the east, but the sunlight is creating a double rainbow.  Time to get out the smart phone and snap a couple images before it fades away.

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May 31, 2017 at 6:35 am

Angry Water

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Lake Michigan was angry. The winds was whipping around, the water was choppy and a red warning flag had been posted on the beach to advise against swimming.

It was as though the lake was daring someone to go out there. A storm seemed to be forming off over the lake off the shore of Holland, Michigan.

I was thankful that I didn’t have to go out on that waters in a boat. It would not have been a smooth ride.

We didn’t stay for too long. I got my photographs and left. I’ll be back when the lake is in a better mood.