April 2011

April 2011
Boondocking at my brother's in Reno, April 2011

Sunday, April 22, 2012

You Light Up My Life

Just a short post tonight…very busy day.  Grocery shopping this morning, then laundry this afternoon.

Kim and Don arrived from Mountain Home, Idaho this afternoon and we had a great visit.  The weather was perfect and we sat in the “backyard” under cloudless blue skies and heard wonderful stories of their winter travels.  We learned a lot about the LTVA at Imperial Dam and the military base there.  Funny how the Canadians know more about that area than we do.  Thanks Kim and Don for sharing your adventures with us.

Then tonight, the sky really lit up. First with a gorgeous sunset which I failed to photograph and then with huge bolts of lightning.  The thunder rolled and Poppy ran for the bathroom.   At home she would be in the bathtub, but in the motor home she doesn’t know where to hide.  I made the mistake of letting her go outside and she almost took off.  She didn’t go far but she wanted to run and hide from the storm.  Russ is now keeping her company as she hides in our tiny bathroom with the fan on and the door almost closed.  Small spaces make her feel safer. 

Here’s a couple of the lightning strikes we witnessed…hard things to capture but we got a couple of shots between us.

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28 comments:

  1. I agree, lightning is hard to capture, good job.

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  2. Wonderful job you two! BEAUTIFUL pictures

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  3. NICE lightening shots!

    I don't blame Poppy a bit. Storms make me go to the bathroom, too.

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  4. Great shots, lightning is REALLY hard to catch

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  5. Good job on the strike photos. I've tried a few times, with less than stellar results.
    Those darned Canadians, eh? They just have to know everything.
    Our daughter has a "Thunder shirt" for their dog. Makes him feel more secure some how. Of course, you can buy a "Thunder shirt" made for dogs, but theirs is just a kid's T-shirt.
    I think it says "He man" on the front. *snort*

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  6. Lightning is always a fun thing to photograph. The secret to photographing lightning is having a tri-pod, a 'bulb' setting on the camera, & a whole lotta patience waiting for some lightning flashes in the area of sky the camera is pointing. Ya did good:))

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  7. Love the lightning pictures! I've thought about trying to take a picture during a storm, but never have. Great job!

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  8. You did an awesome job with the photos. Lightning is so beautiful to watch but so dangerous otherwise. Great job!

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  9. Great capture of the lightning bolts...not an easy thing to do. Poppy was cute going to the bathroom to hide...so right they really like small places when scared.

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  10. Glad you had a good visit with Kim and Don. Nice shots of the lightning, Lolita would have enjoyed the display but not Lilly, she would be hiding like Poppy. Have a great Monday.

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  11. I haven't seen lightning like that in a long time. Thanks

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  12. First time I've heard of an animal hiding in the bathtub.

    We was amazed when traveling in Ireland and other time in Scotland how much the Europeans know about our country and political system and how little I knew about theirs. I suppose it is the same with the Canadians.

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  13. We have a Thundershirt for Scooter because she just goes nuts in storms. She doesn't hide from them, she wants to attack them. The shirt really does help.

    Love your pictures. I've tried several times to take pictures of lightning and finally gave up cause I don't have the patience.

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  14. Great lightning pics! We also met Don and Kim last year in AZ when they were working their way back to Canada. Always enjoy talking to Canadians.

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  15. Great lightning photos Donna and Russ!!..we have tried to capture a bolt or two but had no luck..just got the 'nut'!!..have a great Monday !!
    Hope that Poppy is feeling better today!!

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  16. I could never react fast enough to catch lightening strikes. Beautiful pictures.

    I'm sorry Poppy is so frightened by storms. I was fortunate. For some reason both Lizzie and Jack would sleep right through the worst of them--maybe because we get so many in the southeast.

    On the other hand if the fire/CO detector starts beeping because of a low battery, Jack practically climbs the wall to get out a window in the house. There is NO consoling him.

    It happened in the trailer once--one of the funniest nights in my life! The wind also gave him pause for thought when we were in the trailer in Texas.

    Thanks for the lead to K&D's blog.

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  17. I really liked your lightning pics. I never met Don and Kim, but I did spend some time at Imperial this past winter. Lots of snowbirds.

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  18. Those are great shots of the lightning! Glad you didn't get a jolt taking those!

    Nice to have Kim and Don drop in for a visit as well.

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  19. Great lightning shots! We've had success with lightning pictures a couple of times, but usually we just like to watch it from the other side of the valley. Don't want to get too close!

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  20. Like everyone else, I am really amazed at your lightning shots. Something I have never actually tried to do. I miss thunderstorms actually, we have them here only very rarely. Bet I'll get some in South Dakota this summer though!

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  21. Very great photographs of the lightening!!! It is something that is very difficult to get a picture of unless you've had some photography training or a lot of experimentation!!! You certainly had a great light show going on from a good vantage point!

    Thanks for your interest in Tylers lens he created! He gets some interesting shots with it!

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  22. I miss the good thunder storms of the midwest. Only great if they don't strike too close!

    Mydogs were always uneasy in storms.

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  23. Great pictures of the lightning, Donna and Russ. I hope Poppy is okay!

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  24. Great lightening shots! I love the storms but my little Killer is terrified. I'm going to buy him a thunder shirt after hearing all the good remarks about it. I had heard of them but wondered if they'd really work. He just shakes awfully bad and nothing consoles him. I have on occasion been able to put a blanket over him and me and block out the lightening but it doesn't work every time. Hope Poppy is more comfortable now. Take care and thx again for the pics.

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  25. Can't remember the last time I even SAW a good crash/banger... but you sure got some great pictures. It rains here nearly every day... and there's thunder and such... but NOTHING like what you got. WOW!

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  26. Great lightening shots, I trust you used a telephoto lens:)

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  27. Wow what fabulous photos!!! Heard you're having fun with Kim & Don ~ such great people!!!
    Have fun & Travel safe
    Donna

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