2016—Lightning

We traveled to the Mexican border in search of storms and found a few promising ones to follow in and around Del Rio, TX near the Lake Amistad Dam International Crossing between Mexico and the United States.  There were several storms that we followed on Sunday but none produced the hoped for tornado.  The clouds formed into wall clouds, developed briefly into supercells, then dissipated into heavy rains, hail, and thunderstorms.  We’d drive a few miles and pull over to watch as the storms tantalized, then fizzled.  We all came prepared with lightning triggers to use during daylight storms.  The lightning triggers anticipate the lightning strike and fire the camera’s shutter release.  None of us could get our triggers to function properly so we resorted to standing with our cameras focused on a probable lightning strike, then firing in the hopes of capturing a lightning strike.  I took 173 shots in bursts of five or so shots over a 3 minute period and managed to capture two strikes out of ten or fifteen that we witnessed.  No one else fared better.  Here is the better of the two lightning shots I captured.

Lightning Strike 2

 

2016—Meanwhile, Back At The Rookery

Saturday was a travel day.  We drove from Ardmore, Oklahoma to Sonora, TX via Dallas/Fort Worth to drop off one of our companions who had to leave the Storm Chasing Tour due to a family emergency.  Until Friday, we’d traveled with another van but on Friday we went our separate ways for a couple of days.  The storms have lessened in our reasonably reachable chase area and the best chance of finding another storm before the tour ends is in southwest Texas.  I took no Nikon photographs on Saturday.  So, I had a chance to look back at some of the photographs I took at the Smith Oaks Rookery on High Island on the east side of Texas.

Connie and I were at the rookery late in the afternoon on both Thursday and Friday of the previous week.  Many of the great egret chicks are quite large and their antics as they try to get food from their parents are very amusing.  I trained my camera on a pair of very eager, very hungry chicks who pummeled their parent mercilessly for several minutes until the patient adult could take no more and flew off.

Egret Chicks Feeding.jpg

 

Egret Chicks feeding 2

 

Egret chicks feeding 3

 

Egret Chicks  Feeding 4

 

Egret Chicks Feeding 5