The leading edge of a bank of thunder storms as viewed from the cabin door. NOAA indicated they could come right over our heads. It was 7:PM and the warning was up until 8:PM. Dan and I both felt that tidal wave of fear building. We aren't done with the ditches still. This weighs heavy on us. But for now the neighbors are safe and all we get is lots of re-work every time we get hit. It's better but not done. "You used the mulch bales from the lower trench for planting more grass last week, didn't you." Dan asks. "5 of 7 yes." I replied. He scowled. We went out on the peak to have a look. I was a bit cooler now: 87 degrees F. It had been 100 most of the day with enough humidity that I sweat just sitting still. If we had more than just a couple of these days each year I'd have air conditioning installed even though I am loath to close the windows.
We sat in lawn chairs enjoying the increasing winds and watched, and willed the storm to sneak by us close but not too close. I snapped over 200 photos trying to catch a streak of lightening.
The leading edge advanced and began to break up over our heads.
I got lucky with Picture # 135. I should have set up the tri-pod though. As it got darker It took longer for the camera to take the shot. I should read my little camera book. I could at least find the setting for taking evening photos. I would greatly appreciate any advice on equipment I could get for taking shots of night sky or lightening.
The storm moved off north west of Lithos. We got nary a shower. We sat till 8:30 watching a magnificent lightening show out over the trees towards Sebago Lake. Wow it was something. Dan claims it's "Better than any fireworks display". I agree.
Tonight, just now, while I was plaiting bright orange surveyors tape into Annabelles tail I saw the most amazing 'shooting star' I have ever seen. It dropped out of nowhere right behind Orion's shoulder. It was relatively slow moving and sparkling fiery bluish green. It was so huge seeing it made me gasp out loud. And then it exploded. What an amazing treat. Before I was finished I saw a second one. That one was fiery blue green and also slow moving and though not quite as spectacular as the first still altogether extraordinary! I had to sit and watch a bit longer then, but I only saw one more little one fall like a tear from beneath Venus dazzling eye.
I had to look up what shower was going on now it's the Taurids and worth a peek I'd say:
I will get batteries for the camera tomorrow. The driveway is doable. I have to talk with code enforcement about putting up a wind turbine and get addresses of abutters to find trail access and see about the driveway permit and specs on said driveway and find out if we can plunk a mobile home there while we build the house. Yup it looks like we'll be trailer trash for a while. This is going to be a heck of a journey.