A Good Day
Most of Palm Sunday was cloudy with welcome rain.
It was March 20th, the day of the Jefferson State Blues Society Sunday Jam at Bridge Bay Resort on Lake Shasta.
I sang and played the first set with John Harrison on lead guitar, Derral Campbell blowing tenor sax , Mark Mlcoch rocking the bass and Mike Brown popping the drums.
The ride up to the lake was through torrents of rain and reduced visibility.
While we were playing upstairs in the bar and banquet room, we could see the clouds parting and the evening sun shining through blue skies, lighting up a spectacular view of the lake at bridge bay.
I took a few pictures of the lake as I l was leaving after the opening set. It was still light, so I stopped on my way home for a few groceries at Trader Joe’s. The moon was rising above the clouds in the eastern sky while I was in the parking lot, so I took a couple of hand held shots with the Lumix FZ70.
While eating dinner, I got a call from one of my neighbors to tell me that something special was happening in the eastern sky. She said the moon was bright and above lightning animated clouds. (Maybe not in those exact words).
I took the Nikon and the Lumix down to the Treehouse parking lot, set up the sturdy tripod and began admiring the wonders of this Equinox night sky. Jupiter was brightly shining above the storm clouds and I took a few pictures of the giant and 4 of its moons. (2 very close together below and 2 above)
While taking pictures of the moon and Jupiter, lightning would occasionally and dramatically light up the clouds on the eastern horizon over Mount Lassen.
It was very amusing for one of my neighbors who observed me muttering as the the lighting seemed to tease me by flashing spectacularly while I was changing cameras or while I was focused on Jupiter or the Moon.
I did set the Nikon on video and let it run in the hopes that I could get a good frame of a strike, but it was still set for moon and planet pictures, so the video was not up to snuff. Oh well, that’s why I think photography is fun and challenging.