An Early Morning Surprise

I was up at my usual o’dark thirty somewhere in the middle of the night night working on my latest book (coming to stores near you Nov 11); when I saw a flash out the corner of my eye. I wondered who else was up at this otherworldly hour but went back to work. Another flash distracted me a short time later. This time I got up to see who was outside. I couldn’t see anyone in the dark so I went back to my computer and no sooner got settled when I saw another flash. Determined to get to the bottom of this mystery, I turned the lights off and went to look out the window when another flash illuminated the world in it’s brightness! Lightning! Right outside my living room window! Get out! This doesn’t happen in Oregon (at least not very often) and when it does, it’s very short lived so I sat back to watch and see what would happen. Five big bolts later found me scrambling in the dark for my camera. I set up right there in the living room with it’s elevated position set the camera to manual>BULB (I didn’t even take time to get the Lightning Trigger out), manual focus>infinity, f11 and clicked. The shutter had not been open long when a brilliant bolt flashed…click! Nailed it! Unfortunately it was behind the neighbors trees but, hey, we had lightning in Portland at 4:30am and I was up to not only see it but catch a few bolts on my CF cards as well. What fun!…

Nikon D3S, AF-S 28-300mm VR

Mom, you would have liked this late night lightning adventure. I didn’t even leave the house!