Struck by Lightning

This evening I ventured out to find a few props for an upcoming photo shoot.  I managed to make it all the way to and inside of my local Goodwill before the skies opened up in a torrential rain.  However, luck was not with me when it came time to leave.  As I ran to my car, I attempted to dodge raindrops, but quickly discovered that to be a tough task when the raindrops turned out to be more akin to buckets of water hurled down from the clouds.  Once I plopped down in the driver’s seat of my sturdy little Camry, completely drenched, I found that visibility was next to nothing, so after waiting for about 10 minutes, I drove ever-so-slowly over to a nearby Portillo’s restaurant where I planned to eat and watch the storm.  Much to my shock and awe, just a moment after I arrived in the Portillo’s parking lot, I glanced over to see a massive bolt of lightning strike a nearby stoplight.  The intersection immediately went dim.

Luckily, traffic was already moving at a crawl due to the heavy rain, so no one was injured, and despite being pretty wary of running through the storm again, I made it safely inside Portillo’s.  All and all, it made for an eventful evening for me.  For those of you who have spent a bit of time with me in person, you’ve almost certainly come to know that I have a pretty big fascination with storms.  I often enjoy turning off the lights in my home on stormy nights and simply watching the lightning streak across the sky.  Those moments of anticipation are a great reminder of how closely tied we are to nature and the world around us.

In honor of all this stormy weather here in the Midwest this week, I thought I’d take a moment to share a few of the lightning shots I captured from my kitchen window back in May.  Happy Storm Spotting to you all!