“How long do you stay after the sunset?” asked my friend. She commonly posts spectacular pictures of a sky full of color, taken from Safety Harbor, an hour south of me. A mile from her house I might add. She assured me that the sky after a thunderstorm is prime timing for a great sky.
So I saw this and headed out, but not south since the storm was heading that way. I hedged my bets and headed to Hudson Beach where I could shoot from the covered pavilion if necessary. It was.
I made it under cover just in time for the skies to open, and I quickly discovered that the upper part of the covered pavilion was no cover at all, and descended to the bottom level and started shooting. Looking at my pictures I thought my lens was dirty, and then I realized that it was the drops cascading off the roof that I was seeing in my shots.
The fishing boats headed out despite the storm. There was thunder and lightning, but behind me. I couldn’t help but wish to see lightning out on the water. And I began to have no faith that the sky would light up because wooly looking dark clouds were descending, and I got drenched getting to the car. To leave you have to drive around a loop, and as I did I thought I saw the clouds breaking up so I continued around and parked again and took these shots with the iPhone, in the rain.
I tried to leave, I really did, I drove around that loop two more times, but I just couldn’t bring myself to leave. I stopped once more, for one more photo and then I headed home…