Things got intense last night as a supercell rolled through southern Oregon. I almost didn’t go out with my camera last night, but I decided I needed to get out, or I’d have zero chance of getting a shot, if a storm materialized.
While I was driving aimlessly, I noticed one side of the sky had gone incredibly dark. And it was absolutely dumping tons of rain on Ashland as the sky sparkled from all the lightning. I’ve never seen such an ominous storm in person before. I decided to drive towards it a little bit and park on the side of the road for some photos. (I’ll have to post those iPhone shots tomorrow.)
In my iPhone shots, you can actually see the storm building before me. After about 15-20 minutes of shooting from the middle of a road, the storm got on top of me and the wind gusts nearly blew my hat off. The wind pushed me back towards my car, and I didn’t fight it. I knew this wasn’t like any storm I’ve been in before. Thats when the sky opened up and massive raindrops began pelting my car. I took a few shots through the windshield, but I also tried to roll down a window and shoot. A fat raindrop made a loud smack on my arm as it hit my shirt. A smack through a shirt???
Seeing as I was in shorts and a t-shirt, I decided to run home to grab a jacket, and my rain cover for my Nikon. I also decided to be a good boyfriend and pick up my girlfriend and her son to join me on the adventure. The three of us drove around town a little bit, searching for a good view of the sky. The colors were unlike any sunset I’ve seen before. They kept changing, and covered pretty much every sunrise/sunset I’ve ever shot. At one point, everything turned gold. Not a normal gold, but the most intense gold I’ve seen. My vision felt off because the color was totally new to me.
I decided the best spot for photos was going to be up on a mountain, so thats where I headed. It felt safer too, since power was out in part of the city, and tree branches littered the roads. We spent about 30 minutes watching the sunset on one side of the valley, and the storm on the other. It was pretty amazing.