Thursday, June 12, 2008

Sky Watch Friday - Approaching Storm
























Kansas has been plagued with many storms this spring that have threatened and rumbled across the landscape. Though I am a native of the prairie, I've never gotten used to the anger of an approaching thunderstorm. It is something to be respected, always, and not taken lightly.

In the same breath, I can also appreciate the amazing beauty of the clouds and sky as they put on a spectacular show unmatched by anything else. These photos are exactly as the horizon looked before one of these storms. The white clouds above the house made me feel as if I should blink to clear my sight as they appeared as a "double vision" to the beholder. The puffy hail clouds above the sunset had a true silver lining: promising - and delivering - a sun-filled morrow.

For more on Skywatch Friday, please visit our gracious host, Tom, at Wiggers World.

32 comments:

Anonymous said...

WOW it looks so heavy! Like a sheep's wool blanket about to be spread across the bed of the land!

Quiet Paths said...

These are awesome captures. Very brooding and dangerous looking clouds. You are so correct that the prairie has its own rules; rather like the sea. My grandmother was raised in Iowa and she talked of the storms.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Wonderful photos for your Sky Watch Friday. Since this is my first visit to your blog, I would like to say that the photo in your banner is an absolute stunner! Gorgeous, gorgeous sky!
I do hope the weather calms down for you folks. You've had more than your share of bad, bad weather this year.

Quiet Paths said...

PS: are those called Mammatus clouds?

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wonderful shots. The third one is just, wow:)

Abraham Lincoln said...

The top cloud, my neighbor said, is a sign of a tornado either in the area or things are just right for one of them to form. He used to be a meterologist for the local airport so I don't know if it is correct or not. But they look nasty to me.

I like the cloud above your house. To me that one is beautiful.

Sandpiper said...

Gorgeous mammatus clouds! I don't see them very often. Your top banner is awesome, too!

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Ah yes, the mammatus clouds are the prized clouds in my books! Very nice indeed... it's not everyday you see such a sight as these... I must say congrats on getting such superb shots...
Mountain Retreat

McSwain said...

Wow, Lori. Those are incredible pictures! We don't see many of those things--what are they called? clouds?--around here in SoCal.

esnorway said...

nice shot

SandyCarlson said...

That sky does look heavy. I do wonder how it stays up sometimes. Wonderful photos.

Island Rambles Blog said...

Happy Sky Watch for Friday......those are some powerful storm clouds..I hope your weather settles down a bit...I love the top header picture..we have rain and more rain.....come and see my bride in the sky..if you already visited then thanks...cheers!!

Stacey Huston said...

Looks like hail to me.. great skywatch post.. thanks for sharing

Kay said...

Oh my goodness! I've never seen clouds like those. Totally impressive. Thank you for posting them. Great SWF photo! Have a sunny weekend!

Lilli & Nevada said...

those are some really awesome clouds you captured there

Ladynred said...

Beautiful photos and I love them all!
Happy SWF!
Scrapbooking and Photography

Ida said...

Nice series.
I like the formations in the clouds. BIG cotton dots.... ;)

Snap Catch said...

great catch for Sky Watch Friday! earth and sky are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. Mine’s up too hope you can drop by but if you already visited then thanks.

babooshka said...

Spectacular.I can only imagine what it's like to around such weather. Excellent shots.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Fantastic Clouds... not sure what they are called like that.. I should know... if I remember I'll call back.

Thank you for joining in with Sky Watch this week and helping to make it special.

Tom :O)

Petunia said...

The shot to the left is awesome:)
Very great shots!

Petunia's SWF

Daryl said...

Scary but sensational

:-Daryl

Slone said...

Awsome!

Mike said...

You all have gone through so much in Kansas. Hope you weather the weather all summer! Thanks for the nice comment and the same to you. I love your opening picture! Mustang Mike

Alan said...

It is a wonder how the most severe of storms often come with the most amazing cloud formations and colors. I'll take our hurricanes to your tornados anyday. I lived through one when I was young while visiting family in western Tennessee - one is enough, thanks. Hope you all are safe.

Lew said...

Out there you can see the storms coming from afar. These clouds look like faces staring angrly down at the ground. Thanks for visiting my Sky Watch.

Lance said...

I posted a couple pictures on my facebook account of the lightning storm over your neighborhood from the same night as I flew over from dallas to Kansas City we diverted over your house along the way. Lots of lightning!

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Mike said...

Wow wow wow! Those bubbles are extraordinary!!
My SW

John said...

That is a nice series of photos.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wow! Fantastic shots:)

B.T.Bear (esq.) said...

WOW! Scary clouds!