Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Storm Light and Clouds

If you ever want to experience rapidly changing weather and the opportunities it offers, venture to the Oregon coast during the months of winter or spring. One moment you can be pelted by hail stones and rain that are driven horizontally by the wind. If you brave the onslaught and patiently wait, you might be treated to a brief parting of the clouds as one squall passes and another approaches. In between the squalls, you might luck out and experience "storm light", a brief period when the sky is rich with both color and excitement.

A few weeks ago during a period of stormy weather, I recalled several lines from a 1960s song:

I've looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It's cloud illusions I recall
I really don't know clouds at all

Both Sides Now - Joni Mitchell

With those lyrics swirling in my head, I grabbed the camera and headed for the beach to see if it was actually possible to see both sides of a cloud. The three images below were taken within an hour and hopefully give you an idea of what I saw and experienced.

A few minutes of "storm light" as a squall approached from the southwest

The storm pelting the windshield of my truck

Looking to the northeast as the squall passed. Hopefully we are seeing the back side of the cloud


Paul said...

Bad weather = Good photos! Excellent job! Looks like you got to see both sides of the cloud! :-)

Amy said...

Great photos, Steve! They really depict the power and mysteries of nature.