I had a particularly rubbish evening today. I got home after a lovely afternoon with my mum and kids in the garden. But after a long car ride I was fairly hot, bothered and sticky from the naff journey home, and just needed some literal and mental space.
I decided to go for a walk on the local green area called Figges Marsh. There were a lot of people on the marsh, enjoying the warm Friday evening and soaking up the chilled atmosphere following a long, hot week at work. There was a feel-good vibe on Figges Marsh. People were in a good mood, and the atmosphere felt electric and exciting. It was great for my previously stressy mood.
As well as being metaphorically electric, the atmosphere was quite literally electric. Towards the east, a storm was brewing and dark grey clouds loomed on the horizon. I had a great view of the distant stormy sky from the open space on the marsh. I normally have my camera with me, so I decided to walk to one end of the marsh to get the best view of the sky.
Only a few moments prior to this, I had been talking to a girl who was also photographing on the marsh. Her subjects were the wild flowers that had been planted. She had an awesome camera, and knew what she was doing. (I don’t). We had a chat about the stormy sky, and joked about how ridiculously difficult it would be to capture a bolt of lightning. We said goodbye and went on our separate ways. I decided to take some snaps of the sky, which you can see below. I was messing around with the settings, so the quality isn’t very good, but you get an idea of how ominous the sky was.
Anyway, I snapped a few more, and saw the sky light up. I quickly snapped, and to my total amazement, I captured this photo:
I couldn’t believe I actually captured some lightning on my little point and shoot. I was chuffed to pieces. My mood was instantly lifted. I tried a few more times, and got the tail end of a bolt, but you can barley see it:
It was getting quite late and dark, so I decided to call it quits and head home. The sky looked so amazing, that instead of standing still and snapping, I decided to video some of it. You can see the two, brief videos here. Again, apology for the quality. I used my phone!
I’m a bit of a weather geek, and really enjoy spotting a huge cumulonimbus. I would love to be able to acquire some better photography skills and opportunities to photograph meteorological drama in the future. In the meantime, I’m going to revel in my photography achievements of the evening and hope that you enjoy the view from SW London as much as I did.
Till next time.