Over the past several days Atlanta has seen damaging storms roll through town. On Monday alone there were 20 confirmed tornados in Georgia. On Wednesday that same front turned around and came back through as a warm front, countered by a bigger cold front from the west. When it wasn’t storming the skies were perfect for photography. On Tuesday it was beautiful; here is a picture of the moon late that afternoon.
On Wednesday we had early storms in the morning. I set up my GoPro in the front window on timelapse and caught this strike of lightning over the trees.
When the morning storms cleared the coloring was beautiful outside with the sun trying to break through the clouds. Here is a picture of the calm between the storms.
Wednesday night we got the 3rd round of storms which went late into the night. Again I set up the GoPro, this time doing timelapse video, capturing the storm from the time the sun went down until it came back up Thursday morning. Here is a condensed version of that video, showing the stormy phase of Wednesday evening and the beautiful sunrise Thursday morning.
And finally here is a picture of the sunrise Thursday morning.
After school got out we bolted for Ponte Vedra Beach to spend the Memorial Day Holiday. Monday morning I missed the sunrise by about 30 minutes and instead looked for sharks teeth before the crowd and tide came in. Tuesday morning I made it just in time to catch the first glimpse of the sun cresting over a pillow of clouds at the tip of the horizon. Wherever you are, the sun rising rarely disappoints. Tuesday was no exception.
The first 3 pictures below were taking with my Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 and the last 2 were taken with my 14-24mm f/2.8.
We took a quick trip to the Cheeca Lodge and Spa in Islamorada Florida the weekend before Thanksgiving. It’s a pretty amazing place in the Florida Keys just south of Key Largo; mile marker 82 to be exact. My brother, Father and I went there in 1992 on a boys fishing trip. It was a very different place back then. It has since burned to the ground and been rebuilt as a fabulous resort. These photos were taken on campus as well as next door at the Moorings which is the resort next door to the Cheeca. Sunrise and sunsets are simply amazing each day, and easy to see regardless where you are staying. The island is probably a 10 minute walk from coast to coast. We took a sunset cruise one night and there are a couple of pictures of that below.
I went back to some pictures that I hadn’t developed yet to see what interesting goodies I could find. I really like this one of the morning sunrise over the beach, and the hint of homes on the right. I used Photomatix to process this.