After many days of dry air and no rain or moisture whatsoever, a lightning storm crept up on us. I’ve always been fascinated with storms. I love to sit by the window and watch the lightning shoot across the sky, right before I feel the rumbling from the resolving thunder. I’m not sure what feeds this fascination so much. I think it is mostly due to how storms remind me of God’s power and strength. I think my fascination also stems from a love of storm photography.
Since I was a young boy, my family has frequented a restaurant called Good Time Pizza. Many years ago, there was a photo of a lightning strike hanging on the wall. I remember musing about this picture. I asked my dad how they took such a perfectly timed photo. After explaining time exposure to me, he went on to say that he had taken some lightning photos in the past. I think way back then I told myself I wanted to take pictures of lightning for fun one day.
Anyways, as the storm in Ankara began, I ran around the apartment to get my camera and mini tripod. I do not own a DSLR at the moment, but have found useful settings on my point-and-shoot Canon PowerShot A3000. I recently discovered this camera has up to a fifteen second time delay. So I set my time exposure somewhere between three and six seconds and started shooting. Most of my photos turned out with nothing but brightly lit buildings, but I was able to capture a few lightning shots.
The pictures below are some of my favorites.
Praise the Lord from the earth,
you great sea creatures and all ocean depths,
lightning and hail, snow and clouds,
stormy winds that do his bidding,
you mountains and all hills,
fruit trees and all cedars,
wild animals and all cattle,
small creatures and flying birds,
kings of the earth and all nations,
you princes and all rulers on earth,
young men and women,
old men and children.
Let them praise the name of the Lord,
for his name alone is exalted;
his splendor is above the earth and the heavens.
The storm made Leah think of the praise song Every Time:
Everytime I watch a storm I know the awesome power of my Lord.
I don’t know why so many things seem to get in the way of seeing my God’s glory.
But I try everyday to see and thank Him for all the things He’s given me.
The voice of the Lord strikes
with flashes of lightning.
“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does the work.”
– Mark Twain