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The Culprit

Culprit (404, EM5)

Sometimes pictures just happen.  Sometimes they just sort of materialize in front of you, while you’re standing there looking at something else.  Like yesterday afternoon.  I was wandering around down by the lake-shore, not even thinking much about photography (although I had a camera with me), and while I stood there, out on a short pier, the sky began to darken to the south.  And this monstrous cloud started to literally expand upward.  Followed shortly thereafter by some impressive lightning and thunder.  All in all, it created quite a “show”.  It’s not often that you can actually see thermal air flows.

Fortunately (for me), the storm was centered roughly 10 to 15 miles to the south of the lake.  I could see part of it, but not a drop of rain fell where I was standing.  And we certainly didn’t need it – it’s been a really soggy June so far.  What I didn’t know at the time was that a town just south of Webster (Fairport, NY) was getting hammered.  According to the nightly news, they got nearly an inch of rain in about 30 minutes.  Of course, they didn’t need it either.  Streets were flooded, as were a few basements.  No serious damage was done, but I think my afternoon turned out better than theirs did.  At least I got a few pictures of a really neat cloud.


8 Responses to “The Culprit”

  1. John Linn

    It was a deluge in Pittsford. Pretty dramatic really.

    But you got a great shot. Somehow that does not seem fair 🙂

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, John. Yes, it doesn’t seem “fair”. And I wasn’t even looking for it. I feel bad for those who got caught outside when it hit. Hopefully, you weren’t one of them!

  2. Earl

    The forever “stranger” weather we’ve been having has “photo opportunities” written all over it. Sad there’s so much damage done by it also.

    • Paul Maxim

      Yes, for those of us who’ve been around for more than a few years the operative word is “strange”. More and more often the “lead” story on the nightly news is weather related. Right now it’s those massive fires out west and the flooding near the Canadian border. I have a bad feeling that this could be a long hurricane season………..

      As for photo opportunities, I’ve been amazed by some of the wildfire pictures I’ve seen. Some of them are very, very good.

  3. Cedric Canard

    Excellent cloudscape Paul. The story is much the same here. It’s supposed to be our dry season (winter) but it’s been raining more often than it’s been dry. If we get the usual rains in the wet season then we’re sure to get floods again since the ground will already be sodden. Is there any place that gets good ol’ normal weather anymore?

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Cedric.

      “Normal weather”? Doesn’t seem like that exists anymore, does it. Right now the U.S. has a strange jet stream air flow that has the western part of the country baking and the eastern part wondering whether or not we should be building arks. We just had some major flooding in southern NY and in Pennsylvania. Meanwhile, Death Valley is approaching an all-time world record for high temperature (134 degrees). And then there’s all the wildfires out there. It’s just weird……..


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