Monday, December 1, 2014

Rain Is On The Way!

Finally... looks like Southern CA is going to get some rain! It's been over 9 months since we've had any significant rain. Not to mention we are in a severe, multi-year drought. The biggest part of the storm is supposed to hit tomorrow. I could see the storm clouds moving in late yesterday afternoon. The sky was putting on quite a show!
16mm wide angle shot
You could see the big, heavy clouds moving in quickly.
400mm telephoto lens
You can see some of the Knotts Berry Farm rides (center left) in the photo above. I think that big thing that looks like a tower is called "Supreme Scream".
This photo (above) is one of my favorites. You can clearly see heavy rain coming down on the left. Very dramatic! Fortunately, it stayed to the east of me.
I was even treated to a rainbow (or at least part of a rainbow), although it didn't last long.
Above is the view west... a nice sunset shot.
The view southwest (above). Like I said, the sky was putting on a show in all directions! I did my good deed and took a few photos of the family (walking back home on the trail) under some very dramatic skies. They said it was going to be their 2014 Christmas card.
My last shot of the night, and back to my 400mm telephoto lens.  If you look closely, you can see the big overhead cranes of the Long Beach Shipyard, and the Pacific Ocean beyond. I packed up my gear and hiked back to my car just in time to avoid a brief downpour!
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32 comments:

  1. Absolutely stunning. When we lived in the desert we always enjoyed the clouds and storms.

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  2. Thanks, JoAnn! Although most of my shots are of the desert, these were actually taken in Fullerton, California (currently not a desert, although if our drought situation doesn't turn around, it may be desert soon!!!). Peter

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  3. Wow, those weather shots are just amazing. I also like your header.

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  4. Great weathershots indeed. Now hoping that it brings some substantial rain.

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  5. All these captures are amazing! Love especially the last one - maybe because the variety in the horizontal lines!

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  6. You took some beautifully dramatic sky shots. It would be unheard of, in my neck of the woods, not to have rain for nine months. It makes me thirsty just thinking about it.

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  7. Your dramatic photos look almost 3D. Enjoyed them very much. Hope the rain falls on you soon.

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  8. Oh, dramatic photos indeed!! I do hope you get the rain that is needed so desperately! My youngest daughter lives in CA and I do know how badly rain is needed!! Thanks for sharing these!! Have a great week!

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  9. Definitely cool shots! I love to see the sky in different phases.

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  10. Wow! You well convey the AWE!



    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  11. We've already had some up here in the northern half. More on the way they say. GOOD! Your favorite is mine also.

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  12. beautiful sky images. sure hope you all get steady rain and not downpours

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  13. Hurray for the rain! And what wonderful shots.

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  14. We went through a ten year drought, around 1998 - 2008 - and it felt like it was never going to rain again. And when it did, it was remarkable. Both of my kids grew up to near double figures in a drought - I still think that consider rain a novelty!

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  15. It was a tough choice but your favourite is also my favourite.

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  16. The sky in that second to last shot is absolutely breathtaking!

    Mollyxxx

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  17. wow, this is some stunning images. Love all of them but the second and third is ART Congratulation! :)

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  18. Beautiful, great and dramatic images! I really like your header too!

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  19. Wow, wow, wow, these are absolutely beautiful! I'm from Southern California also. I grew up in Riverside.

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  20. Gorgeous dramatic skies!!! And wonderful colours! Glad you did not get the gear wet!!

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  21. Wow! I hope you get some rain soon.

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  22. Whoa! Awesome images. Glad you made it back to the car before you and your gear got wet.

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  23. Wow..what unbelievable and amazing photographs and good that there's rain !

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  24. Beautiful and dramatic images of the majesty of Nature! Great for the rain!

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  25. These are all amazing sky photos! You really captured all the moods of this storm. I know the rain is very welcome there in S CA--I just hope you don't get flooding and mudslides. Hopefully the drought is over and the rain will come more frequently

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  26. Going through your posts. The textures on this set is just so alive!

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  27. Really nice photos!
    Did you take the last one from Signal Hill?

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  28. beautiful photos! and yes we definitely needed the rain! we need more please!

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  29. Beautiful dramatic skies! I hope the drought is on ithe way to being broken.

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  30. A wonderful series. Glad to see you got some rain. We had 5.5 inches last Wednesday.

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