Nature’s Fireworks

In lieu of this year's harbor illumination and show, I thought I would share this image from a few days ago when a storm approached and put mother nature's fireworks on full display. I had gone out earlier to Fort Beach and captured a bolt of lightning from a departing storm as well as a nice rainbow. As I checked radar, I found a very active storm approaching to the south so I headed back out. Given the track of the storm, I crossed the causeway and set up at the small beach overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. I captured a [...]

By |2021-07-01T22:20:44-04:00July 4th, 2021|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Lightning Crashes

I love summer storms...especially when they happen on a Wednesday in Marblehead ;-) With the insane heat wave of the past few days predicted to break tonight, I kept watching multiple weather apps and my radar ones looking for any sign of storms and the possibility of lightning. Sure enough right around 6pm, a set of storms that had been heading to our north abruptly shifted and came over Marblehead. The radar looked too ominous to try to capture the incoming storm so I waited it out (while enjoying sushi from Gourmet Garden) and then took off as soon as [...]

By |2021-06-30T21:00:21-04:00June 30th, 2021|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |15 Comments

Top 10 of 2020 – #2 – Lightning Sunset over Marblehead Harbor

We had a fairly active pattern of storms at the end of August with this image being captured on August 23 (4 days after the outing with storms and rainbows). I had gone out to a favorite spot along Corinthian Lane to watch this storm coming towards Marblehead just as sunset approached. I set up to try to capture lightning while also keeping the shutter speed fast enough to keep the boats in sharp focus. There's a lot of luck when it comes to lightning shots and I definitely lucked out when I saw this huge bolt just as the [...]

By |2020-12-26T09:34:46-05:00December 31st, 2020|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , |5 Comments

Please Stay Off Beach

I couldn't help but combine three shots from this spot along Ocean Avenue on the Neck to create a more impressive view of the lightning strikes over Boston from a very active storm that came through on August 23rd. This was the same storm that I captured in that purplish orange sunset with a single bolt. Having gotten that shot, I headed for home but then decided to turn onto Ocean Avenue as lightning kept striking to the south. I used my widest lens and shot several frames until I managed to capture this collection of bolts over the span [...]

By |2020-08-31T21:48:14-04:00September 1st, 2020|Categories: Storm|Tags: , |0 Comments

Lightning Sunset over Marblehead Harbor

That was quite the lightning storm that passed over Marblehead tonight and I feel very fortunate to have lucked out with capturing this one bolt from along Corinthian Lane. Earlier in the evening, I watched as the storm approached but did not dare venture out based on the radar signature of deep reds and purples. I held hope that after the main storm passed, I still might have a chance to capture some of the action and, given the hour, maybe, just maybe a lightning sunset. As I left the house, I spotted a huge rainbow overhead but by the [...]

By |2020-08-23T20:53:16-04:00August 23rd, 2020|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

June Storm in the Harbor

[Update] - well...that was short lived... I was wrong. I decided to give up posting to Facebook and Instagram because I was frustrated with their algorithms and all of the politics and hate (mostly on FB). But then I opened up Facebook this morning and saw a beautiful shot of a spectacular sunrise from Alex Falk and realized I was wrong. This shot brought a smile to my face and, if my images can do the same to you amidst everything going on, it is worth the minor frustration. Ironically, you'll have to visit my Facebook page to see his [...]

By |2020-06-01T17:38:47-04:00June 1st, 2020|Categories: Marblehead Harbor|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Summer Storm in Marblehead

This may not be the first summer storm in Marblehead but it's the first one I was here for and, luckily enough, happened on a Wednesday so I was free to head to the Neck to try to capture some bolts of lightning. I was watching the clouds and radar all afternoon and headed out when the storm approached flanking Marblehead to the north and south. I started off at Castle Rock but kept missing the lightning there and so I packed up and headed to Chandler Hovey Park. I waited for a bit and then spotted the first bolt [...]

By |2019-07-17T18:33:15-04:00July 17th, 2019|Categories: Storm|Tags: , , , |6 Comments

Twin Lightning at Preston Beach

As incredible as this summer has been, we have had very few impressive lightning storms. I decided to look back at images captured in August from years past that hadn't made it to the light of day and happened upon this two second exposure at Preston Beach in mid-August 2015. We had a very active storm pass by and I managed to capture several bolts of lightning by finding a composition, setting the aperture to f/22 and shutter speed to 2 seconds and then mashing the shutter release. I lucked out with twin lightning bolts in this shot under a [...]

By |2018-08-20T22:18:26-04:00August 21st, 2018|Categories: Beach|Tags: , |2 Comments

Lightning and a Pink Sky

Last night's lightning storm was intense and too rainy for capturing photos of the bolts. It did put me in mind of this image from August 2015 and a storm I watch cross over Marblehead and retreat to the Atlantic. I had chased the storm to Castle Rock and shot frame after frame hoping to catch a bolt of lightning. I lucked out with this image taken as sunset formed a pink sky to complement the strike across the frame.

By |2018-05-16T07:17:41-04:00May 16th, 2018|Categories: Park|Tags: , |5 Comments

Top 10 of 2017 – #2 Lightning Storm over Marblehead Harbor

I've captured images of lightning over Marblehead Harbor only twice previously (June 2012 and August 2015).  I had been pleased with those efforts until the night of June 27th.  I had gone out after one storm passed over town and set up along Corinthian Lane to capture the next storm headed our way. While I waited, I was treated to an incredible sunset and then this - my second favorite image of 2017. My original thoughts on this image: What an incredible night and an epic lightning storm over Marblehead Harbor.  I left the house a little after 7pm hoping [...]

By |2017-12-20T12:07:03-05:00December 28th, 2017|Categories: Favorite|Tags: , , , |1 Comment

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