IN THE FIELD: Clouds And Sun


A couple of days ago, the forecast was for strong thunder storms and possible tornados in the afternoon. The valley where we live is the perfect runway for wind storms. Tornados are a rarity here, but small ones have been known to form.

When we first heard about the possible heavy storms, it seemed a little odd since it was a beautiful summer day. The skies were blue with a few puffy clouds scattered about. Then the clouds began to mass together and build in height. At first it was rather pretty. But as we watched the cumulonimbus clouds build to well over 30,000 feet, we started to get a little apprehensive. And wonder which corner of the basement would be the safest.

Luckily, it never did rain or do much of anything else. The menacing skies moved eastward and out of our view. But for a while there, it sure looked like the unfriendly clouds were going to swallow up the countryside.

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  1. August 19, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Thank you Mr. Weather Channel 😉 Great shot.

    • August 19, 2013 at 9:45 am

      They don’t always get it right, but it’s better than not knowing at all! Those clouds were the biggest formations I ever saw…they were surrounding this part of the valley. I should have taken a 360 panorama!

  2. August 19, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    What a view of sky…. You are amazing dear David, I loved it. Thanks and Love, nia

    • August 21, 2013 at 8:58 am

      This is the view from our deck. We can look across and down the valley and see the storms coming.

  3. August 19, 2013 at 2:42 pm

    Beautiful image David, loved the conversion, really shows a sense of power. Been thru a couple Tornadoes they are not fun at all, we have abasement just for the this reason !!

    • August 19, 2013 at 4:03 pm

      I can imagine. I used to work with a gal who was in the Army (infantry) and she said she would rather be in combat than go through another tornado. She said they are terrifying!

  4. August 19, 2013 at 9:24 pm

    Great shot, David and I relate to the fascination until it hits the scary point and you are wondering where best to take shelter. Glad it passed you by.

    • August 20, 2013 at 9:28 am

      I love stormy weather also, but winds that turn into funnel shapes I can do without!

  5. August 20, 2013 at 12:12 am


    • August 20, 2013 at 9:31 am

      Thanks Montucky, since we have been living at the end of the valley we have been treated to some spectacular weather. For seven years we lived in the woods and missed all this! I still can’t get over how enormous these cloud formations were.

  6. August 20, 2013 at 6:39 am

    I love these! Gorgeous clouds. I think the monochrome really adds drama as well. I love looking for thunderstorms and watching these great clouds building. I guess I wouldn’t be so keen if we lived with the threat of tornadoes, though!

    • August 20, 2013 at 9:36 am

      These cloud formations were miles long…I just couldn’t capture them with the camera. I converted the shot to B&W because as huge as the clouds were, in color they looked like gigantic happy clouds. Shortly after I took this shot it turned really dark outside. So I went inside!

  7. August 21, 2013 at 7:37 am

    Great shot…I’m glad that the storm didn’t become a reality.

  8. August 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Thanks Karen, this one had some nasty potential but thankfully it headed eastward and dissipated.

  9. August 26, 2013 at 9:40 pm

    Terrific sky, well captured. Amongst the nervous contemplations, you must have been visually thrilled.

  10. August 27, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I was…I really like stormy weather. This one was fun to watch…until it got really dark at mid-afternoon…then it got a little too spooky!

  11. August 27, 2013 at 9:08 pm

    I’ve lived through many a tornado and your photo certainly lends to the developing of immediate danger. Well done.

    • August 28, 2013 at 10:11 am

      Thanks Sheri, YIKES…I don’t envy you at all. We had one come through a few years ago (it was about 4 miles away) and it took out half a church and several homes. The devastation these things cause is amazing. But that’s mother nature. I feel for the folks in the alley.

  12. August 29, 2013 at 11:53 am

    Glad you didn’t have anything to serious and didn’t have hide in a cellar 🙂 Love the picture, I like that it’s B&W, sometimes it’s the best way to reflect the mood of the day.

  13. August 30, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    So are we…although yesterday the clouds were building to really high altitudes again. Had some strong storms while sleeping. I changed this to B&W…the color version looked like a nice happy sunny day and didn’t really show what was happening just out of view.

  14. September 16, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Such wonderful, fluffy, marshmallowy clouds! Great capture!

    • September 17, 2013 at 8:54 am

      Thanks Fergie, living in the valley compared to the woods has given us the opportunity to actually SEE the clouds and sky! Our house we are building is on a hill so we will have sunrises AND sunsets! I can’t wait!

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