Before the Storm

I was working in the backyard when I started hearing thunder in the distance.

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I kept my mind on taking pictures of any cooperative insect, like this damselfly. It was so small, and the sunlight overpowered its colors.

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The ever-present widow dragonfly perched for its turn to pose.

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These are the last flowers on the clump of butterflyweed. I will miss it.

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For some reason, I didn’t expect to see a praying mantis.


Thunder announced the approach of the storm cloud.


The sky continued to darken, and lightning flashed occasionally.


And then sheeting rain fell. The thunder and lightning completed the experience.

6 responses to this post.

  1. What a striking set of photographs, I almost felt that I was there with you.


  2. I love summer storms. I used to sit out on the covered porch and watch them when I was a boy.


  3. Thank you for sharing the beauty of nature that you observed! We all need to take a few minutes to enjoy the beautiful moments in our lives.


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