Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Sun, Storm, and Rainbow

Believe it or not, despite all my pictures of snow and storms, the weather here is usually very nice. We get 250 to 300 sunny days a year, and my first set of four photos shows one of those beautiful days from this past Sunday when I took Socks for a walk in Fox Run Park.
In the spring and summer, it's common for storms to form in the afternoon on these sunny days. You can see some distant clouds in this second shot.
The storms often form over Pikes Peak, as seen in these next two photos, still taken during that same walk. That's why I usually hike in the morning, as the storms won't have formed yet.
I have to keep up my reputation for posting bad weather pictures, so here's one from a couple of days ago, a classic anvil thundercloud seen in the distance while another storm was forming overhead.
And finally, a rainbow after the storm had passed. Rainbows are not uncommon, as the evening sun almost always shines after the storms move away from the mountains. Occasionally there's a fantastic full double-rainbow; this one isn't one of our better rainbows but it's the first of the summer.
Visit the Skywatch Friday page for more sunny and stormy skies.


  1. Gorgeous captures as always, Al! And how wonderful to see your BLUE skies!! What a great day for a walk! I always love your stormy skies, too! And look at that rainbow! Is that not the perfect promise of another beautiful day??? Wonderful! Have a terrific weekend!


  2. I remember in the Spring in Colorado we could almost set our clocks by the afternoon thunderstorms.

    Love the rainbow - the setting is so tranquil and beautiful.

  3. Colorado is one of my favorite places - Love the mountains, and that 1st sky shot is as blue as blue can be! WoW!

    Happy Sky Watch Friday!

  4. Definitely your photos are awesome. I love the last one because it has a rainbow haven't seen a rainbow for awhile. Happy SWF!


  5. I just think that rainbow image is simply outstanding.

  6. aloha,

    very interesting skies and subject matter, i love your snowy skies and the words are being cut off from the margins, you need to widen them so we can read your sayings.

    i have different skies and messages on both of my blogs, you can choose either to visit, or both

  7. Thank you for taking me on another great visit to your lovely state. You live in one of the prettiest ones. I enjoy visiting there with my niece. She has a cabin near Hartsel.

  8. Your capture of the first summer rainbow is gorgeous! I like how the rainbow frames the rest of the scene. Here in Kentucky, rainbows aren't that common. When one appears, it is quite a treat! Have a great weekend and thanks for stopping by my blog!

  9. Beautiful and breathtaking shots !!Simply lovely !!

  10. Thanks for sharing your awesome skies and pine trees. Colorado looks beautiful!

  11. It looks beautiful in your country
    so bleu sky .... :-)
    Wonderful shots !!

    Have a Happy Weekend

    Kareltje & Anya

  12. I just have to love that rainbow! A beautiful way to end the day!

    Still snow up the mountains? What a beautiful sight!

  13. Mother nature creates it and we capture it in our cameras!! It's called BEAUTY!!!

    Pixellicious Photos

  14. Love watching thunderstorms build followed by rainbows. Hope the snowstorms quit here so we can see some rain!


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