We had a rather hot and sunny day (33C/92F) - a last summer fling before temperatures inevitably start cooling again. While I was doing some late day lawn mowing I noticed that a thunderhead was starting to obscure the sun. I didn't think much more of it as I headed out for a bit of a photo-shoot this evening, not quite sure what I might find. I kept an eye on the sky though as I drove west - the thunderhead had grown larger, and with the late day sun was taking on some interesting colours. Suddenly the skies opened and large drops were dashed against the windshield. And just as suddenly they stopped - an intense 30 second downpour!
I pulled over to the side of the road to capture the sun coming around the clouds. After a few shots I continued my journey and soon passed some baseball diamonds - the players hadn't stopped their games for the brief outburst. I parked near the diamonds and watched as the storm clouds roiled in the evening sky. Other than a few flashes of lightning and rolling thunder, it appeared that the storm's fury was short-lived.
(all shots were made with a 10-22mm lens at ISO800; aperture varied from f8 to f11 and shutter speeds from 1/800 sec to 1/80 sec)
taken just after the brief downpour
the clouds gathered towards the east