Photos: Thunderhead

Thunderheads pile up in central Florida on summer days, usually in the late afternoon. They typically cross the state from the Tampa Bay area, heading over or near Interstate 4, booming and soaking Thonotosassa, Plant City, Lakeland, Auburndale, Davenport, the citrus groves between SR429 and US27, and finally Orlando’s western suburbs.

Every so often, the cloud stacks change the script a little. Today, a great blueness watercolored the western sky around 10:30 a.m. Soon, an ill-composed storm shouldered its way over our neighborhood, rumbling but not spewing a drop. Then it stopped and seemed to gather itself to turn and look back at us like a stern aunt with hands on hips.

The rain came for real later, in the afternoon. — Adam Barr

Copyright 2012 Adam Barr

All four photos were taken with a Nikon D90 with either a 35-80 or 55-200 zoom lens. Automatic exposure settings. Since I’m not good on Photoshop yet, I didn’t do anything with the contrast.

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