Today is the last day of Monsoon 2016. The best Monsoon I’ve experienced in my 11 years here. I’ve neglected the blog so the entries of our microburst in Oro Valley last month, varies rainbows, lightning shots, downpours, and other sundry Monsoon 2016 occurrences are missing from mikeshaw.tv. Perhaps I will go through my pictures and catch some of those things up. Perhaps.
Before I get into my story about last evening’s drive home, here’s how the day started yesterday:
Now. On to yesterday’s drive home from the radio station. Extraordinary indeed! Every direction of sky brought joy and wonder (too much?). It was a cool night.
It was raining pretty good when I left the station with a bright rainbow forming but nowhere to pull aside and grab a shot. As I raced toward downtown I mostly drove out of the rain only to have it catch me again as I navigated down Congress. I drove out of the rain again as I headed north on Granada which turns into Main which turns into Oracle. As I approached River I could see a bright rainbow against the Catalina Mountains contrasted by dark menacing storm clouds. I found an apartment complex off River Road and grabbed this shot:
Too bad I can’t include the rumbling thunder in the jpg, but it was cool. I then continued on my trek north on Oracle and noticed the sunset was starting to pop. I made it to Family Life Radio near Ina and Oracle just in time. I pulled into their back parking lot. Parked. Walked to the eastern fence of Tohono Chul Park, and facing west (often the best direction for capturing sunsets), I got this shot:
I needed some supplies, so I doubled back a block to the Safeway and did some shopping. By the time I got through the line and back to my car I could see lightning to the northeast. As I neared my apartment it was apparent that the lightning was frequent and, as lightning tends to be, rather bright. I parked in my spot. Gathered my things and climbed to my third story apartment. I efficiently put away my groceries, grabbed a cigar and my phone, and went out on the deck. What a great light show! I tried to get some shots with my iPhone 6S Plus in burst mode and they came out surprisingly good! Grainy, yes. Still not bad. Here’s the best one:
Here’s an animated gif of the storm just in case that works: