Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Weekly Kodachrome - Weathering the Storm

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I switched off the music as I drove the lonely expanse of Highway 6, beyond Price. The surging grayness above me loomed threateningly as I flew past the low-lying mesas and the arroyos that were teeming with flood flow—undoubtedly from the storm further up and farther in.

Jags of lighting split the sky like a baseball a window, and the peal of thunder rolled along the desert floor like a jet continually breaking the sound barrier.

As I crossed into the vortextual tempest, rain plastered against my windshield and it was nearly all my feeble wipers could do to cut through it, to keep visibility at a bare minimum. I slowed my speed as the rain slashed even harder at the windows like something from a National Geographic documentary. It felt like being trapped under an ocean that was being dropped from the heavens.

The minutes ticked on. The rain came greater still, with flashes of lightning—and then before I knew it—I broke from the tempest, and a few miles onward, patches of indigo broke through the grayness.

The world was again calm.

The music was restored, and I continued my journey onward.




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13 comments:

Heidi said...

Simply beautiful.

wendy said...

Holy Moly *(lame I know) but that was really cool how you put words to all of that.
"like the ocean was dropping down on you".
You have a great imaginative mind my friend.

Mindy said...

Beautiful...seriously - both visually and in word.

Your skill at capturing magical moments amazes me. I just might have to get a print made of this one...

(By the way...loved the Lewis-ian reference to the storm that was "further up and farther in"... at least it reminded me of that line in The Last Battle...)

Stef said...

Holy smokes! What a great picture, but I think that would have been enough for me to turn around and wait it out. But then again, I am a wimp!

Rachel said...

We pulled over and got under a gas station awning afraid the hail alone would break our windshield!

Beautiful photo Jason!!

Karen Peterson said...

One of the things I deeply, deeply miss about Utah are those summer storms. They just don't make them like that in California.

But we DO have Disneyland. And Carolina's pizza, so there's that...

Nancy said...

That is just stunning.

Life with Kaishon said...

What a beautiful scene to capture. Amazing. So glad God gave you that gift : )

Anita Johnson said...

Wow! I love the photo and your story too. Excellent!

Deanna said...

Incredible capture!!

bettyl said...

What a wonderful photo! Your post sounds like one of those that makes you feel very insignificant in the scheme of things.

bailey-road.com said...

What a shot!

Linda W. said...

Wow! Amazing capture!

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