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910 Mountain Meadows Circle
Ashland, OR 97520
Phone: 541-261-7571
Contact: Daniel S. Endres
Email: danendres@danendre. . .


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Lightning Storm

LIGHTNING STORM FROM @#@%!

In the early afternoon of May 27, 2005 I began to photograph images of building cumulonimbus clouds. The National Weather Service had just posted a forecast for thunderstorms over the Siskiyou mountains and the Rogue Valley. Oddly enough, that same forecast was lifted later in the day. I was also keeping a close eye on a small, but well-defined, low pressure system just off the Southern-Oregon coast. The “low” was spinning a fair amount of moisture (water vapor) up from California. That combined with heat from the valley floor, lift from the Siskiyous and lots of moisture in the air, I had a hunch I might see some pretty good action. The conditions were perfect and I was perplexed why the National Weather Service suspended the thunderstorm forecast so early in the day. As I watched the clouds continue to build, I knew that the National Weather Service's predictors were wrong. Before dinner, I prepared my equipment for a night out on the town...just in case.

As it turned out…I was right!

I began my evening by going to Bi-Mart and purchasing my yearly fishing license and some fishing gear and night crawlers. I had a wonderful evening of catching one fish. (You see, I'm not an avid fistherman, so when I catch just one fish, I'm estatic) Besides, I didn't go out to Immigrant lake just to fish. I was simply killing time; waiting for darkeness to set in, in case the T-storm lasted into the evening hours. A funny story transpired at the lake. A young family from Phoenix Arizona had just moved to the Rogue Valley. They were camping at the lake and asked me if I thought this storm would pose any real threat of rain. Of course, I answered, "no, this storm will be done by sunset." As it turned out, I couldn't have been any further from the truth. So, if you guys are out there and are really upset with me, I never intented to play a cruel joke on you. I honestly felt that this storm would pass quickly, as all the others have done the past couple of years.

So onward the story goes.

From 1 pm on May 27th until 6 am on the 28th, I was fortunate enough to capture the following images. When all was said and done, I was soaking wet, got pulled over by a cop (he was just wondering what the heck I was doing in a business parking lot at 4 am). One camera was covered in mud, as I fell down a small embankment with camera, backpack and tripod in hand (A short fall really, but very muddy). When I awoke in the morning, I realized that one of my cable releases had broken off into the shutter button of my newest camera, and my lenses where just a mess. I truly don't know how all these pictures came out so well, considering heavy rain, wind, lightning, and hail.

Just blessed I guess!

It was all well worth it though, as you will see!

Enjoy!


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