We decided we should go back to the same beach we went to a few days ago. That's where we had fun all day jumping around in the waves, and where I obtained my toasty skin (which is feeling much better, thank you). The sky looked a little ominous when we headed out but appeared much clearer in the direction we were going. Besides, the forecast indicated only a 30% chance of rain.
Well, when we arrived after a 75-minute drive, the sun was doing its best to break through the clouds, and into the water we all went. The sky to the north still looked rather nasty but we determined that it was headed away from us. Not so.
Before long, it looked like this:
(18-55mm f14 1/1250 sec ISO800)
We debated whether we should leave the beach area, but that decision was made for us, and most of the beach goers, with the first thunderclap. The clouds quickly moved away to the east and we took up our place again on the beach and back in the water. It looked like we might escape it yet:
(18-55mm f5.6 1/200 sec ISO200)
Although we heard the occasional faraway rumble, the weather held up nicely and we resumed our water fun for the next hour. However, the sky didn't clear, and in fact, the rain we could see falling to the north appeared to be coming our way. We ignored it as long as we could, thinking wishfully that it would bypass us. We wished for about 5 minutes longer than we should have. We suddenly noticed that the black clouds had gathered right over our heads and were about to burst open on us. We scrambled to gather all the beach paraphernalia and scurried across the beach, over the road, and into the parking lot. Too late - the torrential downpour pelted us before we made it. However, since we were wet anyway, it didn't really matter, and we drove back in our soggy bathing suits. We'll try to clean all the beach sand out of the rental car tomorrow (and hopefully the seats are dry by then too).
I quickly made this photo as everyone was gathering everything - these were the clouds we had ignored just before the downpour:
(18-55mm f8 1/200 sec ISO200)