I’m trying it again, dammit … Some more clouds, a different storm:

29 Jul

We’d had a couple of days of unpleasantly hot and humid weather, so yesterday … no, day before yesterday, thank you, Mr. Crappy WP Softare … anyhow, the 27th, a cold (well, cool, anyway) front came through in the early afternoon, bringing with it the usual instability T-storms. I must say that I not only did not hear any thunder, but I saw no lightning, but there was plenty of evidence of rain in various places. Typical of these small cells drifting along with a front, the areas of rain were scattered, and the quantity of rain was highly variable. But the clouds were really groovy! In case my references to directions may be confusing, it should be borne in mind that the front was roughly a line from Northeast to Southwest, and was moving roughly toward the Southeast. I hope that helps.
My first stop was at the Northern park; more specifically, the beach there. It has a commanding view of the Lake, and is a larger, much more popular park. I expected to find people there, and I did, quite a lot of them, having gone there to escape the heat. There were even some people in the water (the shallowing water there warms up a lot from the sun, raising it from the officially measured 60°F, which is kinda chilly for swimming), so apparently the e. coli levels were low enough to be safe (yeah, there are guys who go around measuring stuff like that). The clouds were great, and these next three are from that spot:
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I then piled back into the car and tooled down to the smaller, less-popular park, figuring I was going to get some better views, with fewer people getting in my way (you wouldn’t believe the people bumping into me, stepping in front of the camera, and asking me questions, like “You wanna take my pitcher?” or “Watcha doin’? takin’ pitchers?” DUH! … Maybe I’m an elitist, but hoi polloi can be a real pain. I reckon I lack the “common touch”.).
As I started down the bluff, I saw that the clouds looked really good from there, so I stopped the car and made this shot, looking straight out to the Lake:
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Then, turning more to the North, so as to get more of the bluff itself into the picture:
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Proceeding down the bluff (via the road! I hasten to add), I prowled about and got this one, looking North. It was almost textbook (a weather textbook), showing the rain from separate cells far enough away to be relatively well-resolved, visually:
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And, while in the same spot, I was about to move when I was suddenly standing in full sunlight. It was transformational, as it usually is:
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I looked Eastward, directly out at the Lake, and the leading Southern edge of the storm was putting on a nice show, so I got this:
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Then, another shot, directly out at the Lake, just pointing a little more North … it seemed worth it:
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And another, looking North again, with some excellent light. I love that the broken pieces of the clouds show so plainly under the storm (I think these pieces of cloud might be called “wrack”, but I don’t know … if anyone knows, please tell me):
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Then, I resolved to head home, feeling I had enough shots to work on. On the way up the bluff, I saw some views I wanted to stop for, but I had a line of impatient drivers behind me (hoi polloi, again), and thought better of it.
I think I ought to have a bumper sticker that says: “THIS CAR MAKES FREQUENT STOPS FOR PHOTOGRAPHS. IMPATIENT? GO AROUND.”.
Cheers, all!


Posted by on July 29, 2014 in Uncategorized


18 responses to “I’m trying it again, dammit … Some more clouds, a different storm:

  1. blackcalla

    July 30, 2014 at 1:55 am

    Great clouds dW. And, I’m glad everything worked out for you in getting it posted–finally. Gee, I really miss Good ‘ole Lake Michigan. Used to be able to see it from our bedroom window, but now we’re surrounded by dirty trees that keep dropping everything from twigs, large branches, flowers, and pollen and acorns and leaves in the fall. It’s a never ending task.

  2. evawiren

    July 30, 2014 at 8:13 am

    A very nice post. Thank you for sharing. The Pictures are really nice and it was like going on a trip again.

    • derwandersmann

      July 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

      So you got TWO trips this Summer! Good for you!

  3. raniahajqasem

    July 30, 2014 at 10:13 am

    the last three photos are marvelous , actually i saved them on my computer , thanks for sharing .

  4. Deb Platt

    August 4, 2014 at 3:36 am

    Those clouds and the distant storm make for very dramatic photos. It sounds like you were taking them right from the car (unless I misunderstood that final sentence).

    • derwandersmann

      August 4, 2014 at 3:40 am

      No, I was on foot. Not far from the car, but on foot.
      Shooting from the car is rather limiting, though sometimes it’s the only option.

  5. Serola

    August 5, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Okay, I try to make a comeback at WP =P Or at least visiting blogs by other people, if not posting anything myself…

    Wonderful series here dW! I especially like the shot titled:”directly out at the Lake, just pointing a little more North”

    • derwandersmann

      August 5, 2014 at 3:35 pm

      Yeah, those clouds almost seem to explode out at you, don’t they?
      Glad to have you here. I find it very congenial with my style of blogging and photography; the only thing missing is the EXIF.

      • Serola

        August 5, 2014 at 3:49 pm

        Indeed they do, this seem to be my favorite point of view. I recall acknowledging some of your older pictures taken on the same spot.

  6. derwandersmann

    August 8, 2014 at 1:41 am

    Lots of things happen there, if you’re not too picky.

  7. Harry...the Man!

    November 7, 2014 at 7:07 pm

    Hoi polloi – you’re right, they try and ruin it for you. You just want to go about enjoying nature and they act like you’re wierd. I’ve figured out that I’m not the abnormal person – it’s the majority of people that are abnormal and wierd.

    • Harry...the Man!

      November 7, 2014 at 7:08 pm

      These are wonderful photos…

    • derwandersmann

      November 8, 2014 at 2:20 am

      I’ve found it to be a common phenomenon, myself … Not only do the mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation, they set up the circumstances themselves.


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