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Thursday, July 3, 2014

Vacation Side Quest: Thunderstorm!

I had a quick side quest last night! I know those of you living east of the Rockies will find this a not very exciting report, but we had a thunderstorm last night! It was a big one too; lasting over two hours. The rain came down hard and fast enough to make one cautious of flash floods, but it probably didn't lower the fire danger all that much. That's always a concern this time of year - more so than later in the summer even. People, explosives (fireworks are an explosive after all) and dry forests are a very bad mix. I hope the Rangers are out in force this weekend, but I digress. The thunderstorm was extremely nice and we'd been hoping to have one move through. We have an excellent vantage point from the living room's south-facing windows. The entire Aldrich Mountain range is our backdrop. So I setup the tripod, put the EOS 60D on sports mode, and let the shutter fly. I took 63 pictures in a bit less than two hours (the lightning abated early.) Here's the best photos from this little unexpected side quest.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Storm Moving In Storm Moving In[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Storm Getting Serious Storm Getting Serious[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Lightening #1 Lightning #1[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Lightening #2 Lightning #2[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Lightening #3 Lightning #3[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Rainbow after a Thunderstorm Rainbow after a Thunderstorm[/caption]

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="1024"]Sunset after a Storm Sunset after a Storm[/caption]

I've never caught lightning in a photograph before. I don't get that many opportunities to try. Lightning is rare western Oregon. So I was pretty happy with these results. Now, on to the next quest!


  1. Jealous as hell of having that sort of view.

  2. Unfortunately, unless you're a rancher or retired with means that's about all they've got around here. I'm only privy to the view because of the girlfriend's parents and must go home on Sunday. *sigh* Oh, and the winters here are cold as hell. Lowest altitude starts at over 1000 meters. Brrrrrrrrr.


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