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.