Friday, March 1, 2013
SkyWatch Friday: The Neglected Storm
While recently checking and cleaning up some post drafts that I never got around to finishing or publishing, I found these photos I'd taken from the deck of our prior home in the mountains in Big Horn, WY one night in late June 2010. Why I never posted them I have no idea, except that I wasn't yet participating in SkyWatch Friday and we left on a 2-week Maine vacation three days after I took these. Anyway, these fell through the cracks and though it feels strange to post summer storm photos more than 2½ years old, I didn't want these to languish unshared any longer!
Though I may have forgotten about these photos, I remember the late-night storm itself very clearly. I perched my little point-and-shoot Kodak on the deck railing to hold it steady in the buffeting wind, used the night landscape setting, and then shot about 2,683 photos trying to capture the lightning illuminating the clouds. :-) The best photo op (though not the best photo) was the last one, when the clouds that had been hiding the full moon parted briefly, and I was able to capture the moon and the lightning and the clouds they both illuminated. I only wish a much better photographer with much better equipment had been there to truly capture this amazing storm...
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.
~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"