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August Night Sky

By DAN ROBINSON
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I was thinking the other day about how short life really is. You know, it's kind of a scary thought, especially when you're not sure what's coming afterward. It really takes a load off of your shoulders when you know where you're headed.

I'm sure thankful for nighttime storms. But all these 3:00 AM deals really throw the sleep pattern off a little.

This small but potent storm rolled through Charleston at 3:00 AM on August 10, 1998. As usual, this one started small and quickly became active. The tape recorder caught (and the camera missed) a close strike about 500 feet behind me soon after the cloud-to-ground flashes started.

This flash, about 2 miles away, was the only one during the storm that hit in front of the camera - with the shutter open, that is.

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On Monday, May 8, 2000, I was driving north on I-40 in Winston-Salem, NC on my way home from Raleigh when this billboard along the Interstate caught my eye. Needless to say, I did a double-take. I turned around, pulled over and snapped a few photos. You never know what you'll see along the road...

Camera/Lens/Film: 35mm Minolta SRT201 SLR, 35mm lens, Kodak 100 ASA.
Exposure: 10 seconds @ F11

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