Approaching Storm, alternate take

Last night, we had the storm of storms come across the Palouse. It was a quick, but powerful cell the big lightning strikes every few seconds that produced enough power to disrupt phone service (land line) each time a bolt struck the ground. Luckily, we had no major power surges and all of the electronics in the house work just fine. But the ligntning and thunder show was both awesome and a bit frightening. I stood outside with the camera as the storm approached, but quickly retreated into the house as the storm came atop of me. Winds picked up and the temperature dropped twenty degrees. Unfortunately, as with all scattered storms, the effects were short-lived. As the storm passed and the winds died down, the heat came back, but at least it wasn’t nearly as hot as it was during the day.

I tried to get some shots of the storm leaving the area, but I had waited too long to get any good lighning shots with the barn in the foreground. This represents my first successful lightning photography. The last try failed to capture the bolts, but did capture that amazing red sunset.