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Magnificent Lightning, February 2017

Captured this magnificent lightning discharge during one of our earliest spring thunderstorms this year.

As balmy humid winds gusted across my post in Richardson, Texas on this late February night, I gazed with awe and joy at occasional bolts dancing across our northern sky.

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Captured this magnificent lightning bolt on March 27th before dawn. It danced at the tail end of a potent derecho squall line which blasted through our neighborhood.

Same lightning show as above, March 27th.

Eerie and beautiful sheet lightning graced the sky as well in this display of celestial Magnificence on the 27th.

The evening of March 26th brought me on a storm chase to McKinney, TX and a lovely display of lightning jumping off very intense storm clusters. The highlight of this evening was outrunning a tornado warned storm and large funnel cloud rushing towards me from the west as I raced southward.  What a mystical yet eerie feeling it was to behold the funnel hanging so low above the earth it was lit by city lights.

Magnificent contrasts of sun and storm sky played before me during a quick break on this work day, March 24th. My soul was nourished to witness clips of a thunderstorm containing some heavy rain, vivid flickers, a couple lovely bolts and loud roars.  What a joyful greeting for me after my return from the 11 night cruise. This also served to break a drought, both for me regarding lightning as well as the earth regarding rain.

During the early evening, God did some awesome hand writing across our western sky on March 24th.

From March 8th through March 20th my wife and I savored a cruise across the southern Caribbean. This cruise brought magnificent skies to us, and included a powerful ocean storm on my birthday, March 17th. Photos from the ocean storm will be added in a separate post.  In this photo, full moon rises on balmy humid night over the ocean, casting mystical moods. Shot from our patio view.

Another majestic moon-cloud pattern off our patio.

Moon now higher presents Jupiter, the bright dot below, following suit.

Thunderheads and palm trees, shot in Cartegena, Columbia. What a joy it was to set foot on another continent, South America!

The thunderhead danced and curled majestically overhead.  I heard no thunder, but did enjoy a lovely view. Cartegena, Columbia.

This lightning discharge was captured in Richardson, TX looking north towards Plano on 2/26/17. It’s a single flash, captured with my cell phone.

Another capture of mystical lightning from February 26th.

On February 9th, I had fun with the full moon rising over my head. Me and Moon selfie 🙂

Here moon ascends over the planet of my head…

Celebrated this magnificent sunset in my neighborhood on February 5th.

Savored my first thunderstorm of the year in the predawn hours on January 15th.

Savored my first cloud to ground lightning in a brief but beautiful thunderstorm on January 25th.

Lucky Strike – June 14, 2016

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How lucky and joyful I was to witness not just one but a volley of sizzling, exquisite lightning strikes within one block of me, timed perfectly for my lunch hour June 14th.

Bolt after bolt, followed by almost ear splitting thunder crashes inspired my inner child to squeal and awe to fill my soul.

I had hungered so long for a show like this and today it came, snapping me out of a sleepy haze into alert, crisp wakefulness.

Thank you God for your amazing magnificence, and for your many lucky strikes on this day.

Celebrating Utterly Magnificent Skies!

God’s celestial magnificence has been streaking, rolling and darting across our skies here in the Dallas area. My chases have usually ranged from front door to  back door and back – and when leaving the house, not more than a couple miles away.


I captured this amazing lightning bolt during a delicious thunderstorm this afternoon, May 25th.

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This beautiful and graceful anvil lightning splayed across our southwestern sky on Saturday night. Wonderful moist sweetness and softness rode the wind upon my face.


Earlier that afternoon, a juicy tropical style thundershower rolled in from the southeast.


Clouds were so low, it seemed I could reach out and almost touch them as they raced in layers across the sky.

I’m feeling so blessed as I celebrate the magnificence of our untamed skies.


Lightning Heaven-Pure Magnificence!!!!

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On April 26th; I delight to a breath taking and extremely rare show of a four hour lightning dance across our entire sky; spasmodic outbursts slithering and exploding every which way. This is my best capture of the night; a real lucky strike; and perhaps my very best lightning capture yet! In this photo, a discharge on the left reaches towards the right and the explosion on the right follows. If you look closely at the upper right of the photo, you could see the glow of either additional strokes or vaporized air.  This storm hunter is truly in heaven; my heart filling with joy as I behold God’s magnificence!


Here is another joyful capture from April 26th.


On May 7th, I savor a utterly magnificent lightning show; including continuous brilliant flashes; tremendous bolts landing in my neighborhood; booming and crashing thunder and heavy rain, blown by winds gusting to 45 MPH.   As the heart of storm began to press on, frequent lovely discharges danced across the sky. Here is one.


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This lightning discharge outlines South America for us!


My heart leaps with joy as delicate branches dart every which way..embracing us with celestial light and fire.

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Celebrating Brilliant Lightning, Booming Thunder and More!

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These last ten days have brought a magnificent array of weather to my neighborhood.  This included lovely lightning, cannon-like thunder, generous rains, magnificent rainbows and pearl hail pellets.

The photo above shows an approaching storm on Saturday April 18th. Strong winds sway trees and shake my car while I gaze in awe and delight.


Billowy dark clouds gather ahead of impending celestial show, Friday April 17th.  A wonderful foreboding and exciting mood ascends in response. Eager anticipation fills my heart.


This Radarscope screen shot shows the complex approaching my neighborhood, fertile with my very favorite weather- lightning! It’s my hope that it all holds together by the time it reaches me, northeast of Dallas.


This mystical sheet lightning shot was taken with my new telephone application Lightning Camera. I am finding this app great for more distant and also subtle lightning displays.  At this point, real strong winds and intensifying  rains are moving in.


Here, I capture a little squiggle of light poking through the overcast, waving hello to me!


Another mystical ripple of sheet lightning dances across sky.


The very next night, April 18, my Saturday evening entertainment consists of excitedly awaiting the arrival of an already “severe” warned storm.  This photo looks west from Richardson, TX, into the heart of the approaching storm. As I watch its swift approach, I affirm magnificent beauty and passion, free from any destruction.

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Like trumpets, heralding the arrival of the king’s procession, these curling cloud towers roll out ahead of storm’s heart.


This is a Lightning Camera app capture of distant intense lightning and approaching storm.


Though grainy, this Lightning Camera app photo still captures the mystical, moody presentation of sheet lightning as it ripples above the approaching squall line.

Power Flash

The blue light behind the distant tree is a power flash caused by intense winds.  A total of three power flashes dot the horizon as storm continues its approach.

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Thrill and joy fills my heart as I capture this magnificent lightning bolt off to my west. The young child within me celebrates this dramatic capture.

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Unlike Friday night’s storm which brought cascading clouds, an occasional magnificent close bolt and generous rain; taking at least 1.5 hours to ooze its way in, this storm blustered through with 50 MPH wind gusts, sheet upon sheet of swirling rain and a wild electric atmosphere.  In addition, there was a beautiful display of anvil lightning afterwards.  Temperatures dropped from upper 70’s to mid 50’s due to the powerful force of downdrafts.

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Rivers of lightning slither brilliantly across sky, landing as a super hot positive bolt (cloud top to ground) off in the distance.


On Friday, April 24th we are blessed with another thunderstorm. It highlights frequent flickers of sheet lightning; sometimes pink through dramatic clouds, and rolling thunder.  Heavy rains, briefly torrential and swirling descend upon our neighborhood and totals over 1.25″.  Afterwards a magnificent sky takes my breath away. The photo above is taken as sharp clearing opens up in the western sky and artistic feathers of storm cloud press onwards at its border. I know what’s coming, and eagerly await its unfolding.


A magnificent rainbow unfolds above my neighborhood!


It brightens and turns to a sweeping double!


Rainbow fades and a shower arises. As sun nears the horizon line, the rainbow re-emerges, this time tinged with red. It brightens with full magnificence across the entire eastern sky. Occasional looping lightning discharges play about the rainbow and sunlit rain mist beyond.


This photo looks northeast into luscious rainbow,  distant orange rain mist, purples and blues.


Meanwhile the entire western sky turns to pure fire, as setting sun illuminates snow aloft, which melts into gently tumbling rain.

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My Very Best Lightning Photo


This amazing discharge took place during a predawn storm on Christmas Day, 2012.

This is not a time lapse photo; these bolts all occurred within one single flash!

There were several magnificent bolts during this storm; each bringing gasps of awe and glee to my spirit, and deep peace to my soul.

This photo looks south; near Murphy Texas. Warm, humid air was overrunning arctic air in place at the surface, ahead of a stationary warm front to our south.

Just 12 hours later, we enjoyed 3/4″ of snow.  Lightning and snow in the same day – my favorite winter two step.