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storm gallery: August 20, 2009

August 20, 2009: It was hard to resist strolling down the street from my home in Rockledge, Florida, and attempting to shoot these faraway storms - nearly two counties away, really. The closest was in western Orange County. Anyway, the bolts were clear, but the foreground was cluttered. This is what you get in a less-than-ideal situation. Later, I foolishly tried to drive to them. I like the first one (yes, it's cropped) best. Share

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Distant lightning (the closest was almost 2 counties over) enticed me to stroll down the street and try to get a few shots. Considering the distance, the shots aren't terrible. Stupid fence...
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That's the kind of bolt that will kill you. But I really wasn't close enough for death or photography. I know, kind of repetitive. This would have been awesome several miles closer.
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I made the mistake of trying to go after the somewhat distant storms. First rule of Florida storm chasing: The storm will die before you get there. As seen from Route 46, where there's almost nowhere to pull off, well west of Mims. Overexposed, but I tried to fix it. Bad ISO setting. I'm not happy with the photo, but it's here for scientific interest.

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