Beholding Celestial Beauty, July and August ’16

These past two months have brought sacred moments of celestial beauty which I felt blessed to behold, mostly by phone in the field.

I give great thanks for the blessing of being alive and the opportunity to savor these moments…

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New thunderstorm developing out ahead of an outflow boundary, looking southeast during mid-afternoon.

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Towering cumulus rise heavenward at the tail end of dissipating thunderstorm, mid – afternoon. Cooling breezes rush in from the east where the rain shield still tumbles. Photo looking northeast.

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I behold stunning celestial beauty as towering cumulus blossom in the eastern sky right outside my back door.

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Distant tropical thunderstorm reflects in the water where I work at Richland College. Photo looking southeast.

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A lone thunderhead blossoms, teases me, then breaks into a shower before dissipating at sunset. Photo looking northwest.

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A magnificent celestial mountain of thunderhead blossoms to my north. Though it’s Texas, this scene reminds me of frequent skies I witnessed in southern Ohio decades ago.

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Lovely rainbow and flock of Canadian Geese captured after work.

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Rainbow appearing to tumble into the water fountain, captured after work.

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Deepening evening casts beautiful shades to the southeastern sky.

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This magnificent sunset captures my awe!

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Curly cue thunderhead edge to right dances with ice halo or “sundog”. Photo looking southwest. Radar shows a significant lightning storm below the thunderhead.

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Magnificent mountains of thunderhead beckon me to chase during my work day lunch break. Photo looking northeast.

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Lunch break downburst in developing storm. Looking west.

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I step out the back door as my lunch break commences, greeted by these magnificent thunderheads approaching my area from the south. What a delightful, unexpected and awe inspiring surprise! Occasional thunder deeply whispers below.

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During a quick break during a work conference, I behold these beautiful thunderheads rising over downtown Dallas.

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Thunderheads more than 150 miles over the horizon create these celestial angel wings to end the month of August.

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Magnificent towering  cumulus cloud dancing in sky towards setting sun.

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Beholding the beauty of towering cumulus during steamy tropical airmass, late August. Photo looking north.

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At the time of this photo, these thunderheads were producing prolific lightning about 20 miles to my north, in Allen Texas. With it being a work day, chasing was out of the question. Still, from the distance, they presented me with a great example of celestial beauty.

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Captured these beautiful thunderheads blossoming heaven ward across my southeast during an August lunch break. Beneath them, about 30 miles from my location, a prolific lightning show presented itself on radar. Unfortunately they were too far away to chase during my allotted one hour. At least one co-worker is now using these clouds as her computer screen wall paper courtesy of my sharing this celestial magnificence with our entire work team.

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At the end of my August work conference in downtown Dallas, I was treated to this soul inspiring scene of new thunderheads blossoming upwards in advance of outflow from thunderstorm overhead. Heavy rain and occasional thunder peals echo across streets and buildings.

 

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