Friday, August 25, 2006

Fire In The Sky

Like clock work, every year as summer begins to wane, the morning sun and blue sky give way to thunderstorms that prowl the hills and valleys of this region. This storm from July 26 could be seen for a couple of hours before it began its assault on Grand Mesa. The bolts of lightning came every 5-10 seconds as the storm covered Grand Junction, 40 miles to the NW. As darkness came, those bolts would illuminate the valley to the north of the Mesa, revealing just a dark silhouette. As it progressed, rain breached the top, and it quickly came our way. When it hit, the rain came in sheets, but it only lasted a short time before the storm continued its charge to the south east. If you look carefully, you can see the top of Grand Mesa to the right of the strikes.

4 comments:

Michael said...

Excellent capture of lightning. Now we'll need a close up of Mt. Mesa!

Michael said...

Woops...meant Grqnd Mesa!

Lavender Lady said...

I love lightning storms! We used to have them all the time where I grew up. You can almost smell them in the air. This is a great photo!

flyfishingeddie said...

Awesome photo... great contrast of light and dark... reminds me of 1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin."