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Recently we had a storm, it was on the 26th I believe, and there was a lot of thunder and lightning. Because lightning is quick to strike, it is very difficult to catch a bolt coming down. Deciding that the only way that I could catch it was to video it, this is what I did. It took about 15 minutes of filming and from that I was able to catch the split seconds of a bolt of lightning! :D

Here is the single bolt captured in 3 frames of the video that I shot.  To get the full details of this photo and the others, I suggest that you click on the photo once, then with the photo isolated click on it again to bring it to full size.  The bolts actually go from side to side and if you look closely, you will see how amazing this bit of nature truly is!

Here it begins…

The bolt of lightning begins

The bolt of lightning begins

Here is the second frame…

Second catch of the same bolt

Second catch of the same bolt

The last bit as it retreats…

Third catch as it finishes

Third catch as it finishes

Pretty cool, huh? June is usually a month were we get the monsoonal flow from Arizona and with it comes more lightning. I am hoping that I can catch more when it comes again!

Thanks for stopping by today, and have one heck of a fine Saturday! Be well…. ^..^

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Michelle W. over at WordPress has chosen the topic “On the Way” for this week’s photo challenge. She asks that we, “Share a shot of something you saw, did, or experienced on the way: a photo not of your destination, but of an interesting thing along the way. Show us something stunning others might have missed, or find some unexpected beauty in a mundane moment. Maybe we can all start looking at the in-betweens a bit differently!”

Ready for some shots taken on the way? Let’s head out.

The first thing that came to mind was the flight we took to Hawai’i. There was an amazing storm happening on the ocean and this view is with us being up in the air at 35,000 feet.

A storm cloud over the pacific

A storm cloud over the pacific

The next that came to mind was the day on our cruise we headed into Glacier Bay.

Following another cruise ship into Glacier Bay

Following another cruise ship into Glacier Bay

As we drove up Highway 5 in the central valley of California, on our way home from a trip, the mirages on the road were amazing.

A mirage on the road

A mirage on the road

On our way to Red River, New Mexico we drove by the Rio Grande.

The Rio Grande

The Rio Grande

Celebrating the birthday of a very good friend, we made our way on this special day to Yosemite National Park, a park he had never been to before. On the one lane road, I snapped this photo. El Capitan is center left, and Half Dome in the center.

A view from the road heading to Yosemite National Park

A view from the road heading to Yosemite National Park

This last photo was on our way into Red Rock Canyon near “Lost” Vegas. The beauty of the mountains had us stopping many times on the way. The colors were amazing!

Heading in the canyon

Heading in the canyon

Thanks for coming along! I hope that you enjoyed my photos of being on the way! :) Be well… ^..^

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Memorialized - Photo by Douglas M MacIlroy

Memorialized – Photo by Douglas M MacIlroy

He had found a rift in the time continuum, which allowed him to travel back through history. Dressed in scuba gear, he jumped through the rift.

Light as a feather, he found himself floating in the sea. Whooshing towards him was a huge creature. It slowed as it got near. John was dog paddling. The Plesiosauria leaned forward as if smelling him. He reached out his hand. The nose of the creature touched his hand. He stroked her face. What a thrill!

When John came back to the present day, he created a sculpture to memorialize his unique encounter.

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Thank you to Rochelle Wisoff-Fields for hosting Friday Fictioneers, and to Douglas MacIlroy for the photo that inspired my short story!

And, thank you dear reader for taking the time to drop by for a quick read. I hope that you have a terrific Thursday. Be well…. ^..^

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In the mornings, my husband and I sit outside enjoying our coffee and watching the birds. In the quiet, the air is filled with bird song. Last year was the first year that pigeons showed up here. This might have something to do with the drought. They are much larger in number this year.

What makes us laugh, is how they scare themselves and then fly off. So, today I will be featuring photos I took the other morning of the pigeons doing just that! I hope that you enjoy these photos!

A scrub jay and the first pigeon fly in

A scrub jay and the first pigeon fly in

There are now seven

There are now seven

Now they number twelve

Now they number twelve

I count eighteen

I count eighteen

Twenty eight and counting

Twenty eight and counting

As this one lands, they all get scared

As this one lands, they all get scared

They begin to lift off the ground

They begin to lift off the ground

More fly up

More fly up

The rest take flight

The rest take flight

As we sat there with our cups of coffee, we witnessed the pigeons doing this about 5 times. So, I decided to take a video. As soon as I turned the camera on, they never came back! Figures!

I hope that you enjoy today’s post! Have a fabulous day and be well! ^..^

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Cherie Lucas Rowlands over at WordPress has chosen the subject “Broken” for this week’s photo challenge. I think I have photos that will show you something broken. Let’s go and see what I have, shall we?

The gauges on an old tractor…

Old gauges

Old gauges

Old, rusty trucks…

Abandoned in the ghost town

Abandoned in the ghost town

An ancient Indian ruins…

Collapsed roofing and walls

Collapsed roofing and walls

A crack in a wall…

Cracked

Cracked

Broken branches…

One huge limb

One huge limb

I hope that you enjoyed my images of broken things. Have a great weekend and be well… ^..^

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We have had more cloudy days in May than we had from January to April. The clouds are dark and heavy looking. The sad part is: No rain. The other day, with the dark sky, and the sun just setting, we witnessed turkey buzzards flying in circles. Here are a few of the shots that I captured of them…

Circling

Circling

Looking down

Looking down

Wings fully spread

Wings fully spread

All lit up!

All lit up!

The sun's reflection

The sun’s reflection

Heading out

Heading out

The turkey buzzard is such an amazing bird. My husband said to me the other day, “Can you imagine flying like that looking to find something that has died?” I can’t, but there has to be enough to keep these birds going.

Thanks for stopping by today! Have an amazing day, and be well… ^..^

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Today is another grey and cloudy day. The last storm gave us .12″ of rain. Not much. I must say, though, that we have had some pretty amazing clouds lately. So I thought that I would share some of the photos I took of these amazing clouds with you today…

Thunderheads forming

Thunderheads forming

I see a face in the clouds

I see a face in the clouds

Looking to the east

Looking to the east

Is there rain in these clouds?

Is there rain in these clouds?

Surely there has to be

Surely there has to be

Roiling clouds

Roiling clouds

Amazing clouds, aren’t they?

Thanks for dropping by today! Have a great weekend! And, be well… ^..^

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