The Drama and the Serenity

by Tim Rogers February. 03, 2016 1885 views

There has been a few absolute cracking storms along Australia's east coast in the last few weeks. Unfortunately until the other day all the storms seemed to be conspiring against me. It was like they were all saying “don't let Tim see you”. For days I was told about apocalyptic level light shows and storm clouds that roll in from the ocean and dominate the sky, furious and beautiful at the same time. Like a criminal on the run, they knew I was on the hunt so they would keep clear of me and pop up elsewhere; violent, crazy and according to everyone who'd seen them, stunning.

But finally I caught sight of a cloud bank off the coast in between Sydney and Newcastle, just to Sydney's north. I was a further 50km north so not exactly in the prime position. I stood on the headlands at a little town called Boat Harbour, wishing I had a longer lens or the storm bank was heading my way. And what a storm it was. I counted a few times and it was averaging 3-4 lightning bolts A SECOND. They were mostly contained in the cloud but occasionally one would shoot out and present itself. The light show was nearly constant, lighting the cloud with a savagery Id never seen. I could only imagine what it would be like inside the storm itself. Planes would have to be re-routed and ships at see sent north and south to wait out the explosions of power that would no doubt be stirring up the sea below.

As I snapped and wished it would get closer, I noticed the sky above me was precisely the opposite. It was clear and still. The Milky Way was on the rise from the east and although there was too much light pollution to truly show off the billions of stars, it was good enough to make you say Oh My! A few km north and the sky would have really popped. But the image above me certainly didn't leave me complaining.

The two shows on display summed life up pretty well. Drama and power, with piece and serenity. Both were beautiful, perfectly balanced. One without the other would have been fine, but the juxtaposition between the two was magical. Similarly a life full of just drama is bloody hard work. A life with none is just bloody boring. Hopefully everyone gets their fill of both. Excitement and tranquility. A little sangfroid amongst the electricity.

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Marsha 5 years ago

What amazing skies.....beautifully done photos!

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Chossid 5 years ago

Excellent post!

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Jay Boggess 5 years ago

Sage words to go with these awesome images!

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Sara G 5 years ago

Dramatic and beautiful. Interesting writing, I agree with you!

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Tomie Poodle 5 years ago

Fantastic captures! Love the first one the most.

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Larry Sample 5 years, 1 month ago

Both are fantastic!

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Antonio Gil 5 years, 1 month ago

#2 --> Favs. Amazing work you've been showing us.

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Lukesmom 5 years, 1 month ago

I agree with Marilyn about your wonderful report :) So interesting and thoughtful. Your photos are pretty nice, too :)) Well done!

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Jennifer Venter 5 years, 1 month ago

Beautifully done !

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

Love the drama - and your fascinating report.
I have started to look forward to your input with great anticipation!

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