taos lightning

Last night, Taos and surrounding areas were hit with a pretty intense storm between about 830pm and 1030pm.

It was a fabulous night for Taos lightning shots but I have to admit I was bothered just a bit that my 10-year old daughter was out in that storm without me!  She and her nature camp group were out for an overnighter and this was the first time she was out without me.  Being out there taking pictures probably made it all the worse because I could see where her group was and how the storm was impacting that spot. I can’t get too worried about her though.  Isabella is a really smart kid who has been out in some crazy storms before.  She knows what to do.  She also tends to be a very calm kid so I will bet money that the only worry about anything was with her father.  This guy.

I took these two shots from an overlook about 15 miles north of Taos near the village of Des Montes.  There is an acequia that runs right along a ridgeline and the view from the edge of the mumbling water is pretty spectacular looking north and northwest.  I used these ten steps to great lightning shots to get what I wanted.  The mountain in the distance to the northwest is San Antonio mountain just south of the Colorado border.

For most of the time the lightning was pretty distant and I couldnt’t hear any thunder.  Then, the storm swept up behind the Colombine-Hondo Wilderness Study Area and dropped down Taos Ski Valley….right on top of me.  Pretty quickly the thunder was roaring and I ran for the car from some surprisingly large hail.

Later, I went closer to town hoping to get pictures of the storm around Taos Mountain.  I thought I had some good Taos lightning shots but when I got home and put them up on the computer I found that I had misfocused in the dark and they were all junk.

Arg.

taos lightning

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17 comments

  1. Comment by Bruce Kennard

    Bruce Kennard Reply July 2, 2014 at 2:39 pm

    good work !

  2. Comment by Kerwin McKenzie

    Kerwin McKenzie Reply July 2, 2014 at 2:44 pm

    Nice shots. So what did you daughter think?

    • Comment by Jim O'Donnell

      Jim O'Donnell Reply July 2, 2014 at 9:21 am

      Kerwin, I havent heard from her yet! They had a big hike for today before coming home. I cant wait to hear!

  3. Comment by Kerwin McKenzie

    Kerwin McKenzie Reply July 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

    Nice shots. So what did you daughter think?

  4. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply July 2, 2014 at 3:19 pm

    Thanks for adding that comment…..

  5. Comment by CheyAnne Sexton

    CheyAnne Sexton Reply July 2, 2014 at 3:26 pm

    gorgeous and too bad about the mis-focus. It happens sometimes and I think keeps us sharper for the next go round. I love the way you described the storm coming round until it was right on top of you. I felt like I was out there in it. Hopefully we will get more tonight and your daughter might be with you this time.
    peace

  6. Comment by CheyAnne Sexton

    CheyAnne Sexton Reply July 2, 2014 at 9:27 am

    not sure how you created the double comment thing, but just adore your photography and miss them at the gym

  7. Comment by CJ Carroll

    CJ Carroll Reply July 2, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    So glad you got these shots; I was standing on my back porch…the sky over the mountain light-flashed like an explosion…I knew it was faster then my camera, so didn't try…was quite a pre-4th show though! From where I was viewing those arrow strikes went side-ways! But it was the lighting up of the whole sky that was amazing (in your photos that light at the bottom of the dark…it was folks, after dark when the lightening show flashed on.

  8. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply July 2, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    Thanks CheyAnne. Ya, that was a bummer. Not sure where I messed up but will for sure try again. Tonight might even be better! Will you be out?

  9. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply July 2, 2014 at 3:42 pm

    Those pics at sunset really made the lightning stand out. I will try again tonight. Can you slow your camera down? These were done with 10 second shutter speed.

  10. Comment by Tim Hogard

    Tim Hogard Reply July 2, 2014 at 4:23 pm

    Tell me more about the mis-focus? I figure the image has about 5 miles of could there and the back ones are sharp. The front ones will be fuzzy because they are clouds. The lighting bolt can't be focused on . That would leave the trees on the ridge. It is interesting that the rain might be near the 1st strike but on the 2nd photo, the heavy rain isn't anywhere near the lighting strike.

  11. Comment by Karen Hoppes

    Karen Hoppes Reply July 2, 2014 at 6:34 pm

    Love story and the photos are stunning

  12. Comment by maria

    maria Reply July 2, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    That was great . But make me little bit scared.

  13. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply July 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    Tim Hogard These images werent the problem. They were ones from a different location where I wanted to capture a mountain lit up by the lightning. I tried to focus on the ridge but really had to just end up guessing. Everything in the frame was terribly out of focus. Regarding the rain….these shots were taken about 10 minutes apart. The storm was swirling as they typically do around here. Part of it was going NE and part of it SW. That rain you see is actually well BEHIND the strike. I watched it walk its way SW and then abruptly turn NW and then back NE.

  14. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply July 2, 2014 at 7:40 pm

    thanks Karen! I will certainly get back out there tonight. We are expecting more.

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