Monday, June 25, 2012

Cracks & Booms and a Sunset



This morning we had a huge thunderstorm.  I heard on the news that there were over 2,200 lighting strikes.  We tried counting the time between thunder and lightning, but there was a constant roll of thunder and endless flashes of lightning.  It was a pretty cool storm.  Then later in the day we got a second storm.  The second one had only a few claps of thunder, but buckets of rain.  It passed quickly and I decided to run to the store for a few items.  But before I left I looked up the time for the sunset.  "Sunset" is one of the items to photograph for this weeks scavenger hunt.  Sunset was at 8:29 so I packed up the boys and my camera and we were off. 

Sunsets are hard to photograph on the east coast.  But I thought since there were lots of clouds left in the sky from the late afternoon storm it might make for a good sunset at a river down the street from us.  We finished up our shopping and got to the river at 8:00.  This was such a huge treat for the boys because typically they would be in bed at this time.  When we arrived it was just us and one other vehicle.



Then we spotted three wave runners out in the water.


I thought I could get a quick picture of the boys in their cute rain boots, but they only gave me silly faces.


Brady testing out his new shovel he just picked up on our shopping trip.


 Oh the sky was amazing.  It kept changing and I kept changing setting, lens, filters oh my.








Then this amazing cloud appeared.  It was right in front of us.  The boys were tossing rocks into the water and I was pretty sure if Freddy was with us he would have been able to throw a rock and hit it.  It was so bizarre and in my disbelief I turned around and saw the park was now filled with at least 30 cars and close to 40 people standing with cell phones taking pictures.  They had pulled over and people that lived within walking distance were all standing river side snapping pictures.


I was worried at one point that it was going to turn into a water spout.  But it was so amazing I couldn't bring myself to get away from the water.  It just floated by looking like a tree.

And then it was gone.



I hope I didn't bore you with all these pictures. It was truly a very cool day of weather and getting to watch this sunset was very magical.  I think I have another 150 shots to look through, these were just a few of my favorites.

10 comments:

TexWisGirl said...

these are all beautiful. a nice way to finish off the day after 2 rounds of storms!

Debbie said...

what a crazy day, right?!?! at 8 a.m. it looked like 9 p.m., crazy rain, gorgeous skies. you captured it all!!

ps....i saw those white clouds. i walked 10 feet to get the camera from the car, and poof, they had changed. it was at the second you snapped (4 pm-ish) that they were at their best!!

Leanne said...

We were at the baseball field in South Wall during this whole time. Around 9:45pm huge clouds that looked like evil people (Garrett's words) did the same thing over the field. Dalton played until 10:15 last night. Fun.....

Great pictures!

heyBJK said...

Those clouds are fantastic! How could you not photograph them? Gorgeous skies with that bright orange and red!

Tamar SB said...

Wow! These are amazing! Sounds like a crazy string of storms we had earlier in the week to!

Ellie said...

Wow these shots are amazing.
I love the look of those storm clouds and your sunset shots are beautiful.

Tricia Hays said...

Awesome sunset shots! WoW!!! =)

Elena said...

These are some stunning shots! That last one is unbelievable though! I would have that one blown up and on my wall! Gorgeous!

Matkatar said...

Awesome photos and a nice trip!

Yolanda @ Chickens on the Moon said...

These are beautiful! I am your newest follower!