…also called “The Land of the Living Skies” has not disappointed this month and we still have 10 days to go… I posted about the summer solstice last and just realized that a full month has passed since! July 1st, Canada’s 149th birthday, arrived with the most glorious sunset I have witnessed for a while. Could it be that I have not ventured out much lately, perhaps! About an hour before sunset a friend sent me a text message warning of a severe storm heading in our direction.
Most people batten down the hatches, secure the patio furniture and remove awnings – we grab our cameras and tripods, jump into the car and head toward the clouds. It was a show that did not disappoint! The image above was captured along Hwy. # 2 going north of Moose Jaw, SK looking west before dipping into the western Qu’Appelle Valley.
We drove only 2 miles and found the perfect look out point. Immediately after the causeway over Buffalo Pound Lake we pulled into the parking lot: water, escarpments to the north and ever changing dark clouds – the perfect location if there ever was one. Breathtaking imagery… but there is more!
The sky was continually changing as the sun steadily disappeared on the horizon. The clouds took on the appearance of an oil painting and anticipation grew. So often the best show happens after the sun sets!
Sheet lightning was illuminating the sky and every time I engaged the shutter I was not sure if I captured this phenomena. As I was processing the images today I realized that July 1st was the day I captured lighting for the first time! What a way to celebrate our country’s birthday!
These are the two best images I captured that evening. I hope you enjoyed this short weather report from three weeks ago. It’s all about the sky, the clouds, the reflections and nature in this province!