|Route 17, Dead Creek parking driveway looking west to Adirondack Mountains|
The skies over Vermont and Upstate New York this mid June have sometimes been dramatic. That day, my outdoors theme for summer brings me to watch thunderstorms over the Adirondack Mountains moving east towards Vermont, as I have a nice lunch in the car. On the way, I saw gorgeous cumulonimbus clouds, but nowhere to stop safely to photograph them. I continue on to the Dead Creek Visitor's Area driveway.
|Flat smoother underside of cumulonimbus clouds over the Adirondack Mountains|
As I chomp away (starving I was), delicately, at my lunch and taking sips of grape soda (a special treat), I notice I don't see the cumulonimbus clouds to the west like I once did. The best place to view them is to the east. And then I realize I can't see the big fluffies because I am now under them! I felt like a genius, (well, for a few seconds). 😎
|Base of cumulonimbus, fractus clouds|
The clouds in the 3rd photo are strays billowing in a soft brown color the camera doesn't capture. In the picture, they appear to be over the field. They are actually over the Adirondack Mountains. Rain is visible, (right center) as blurry white. I saw one lightening strike. In the 4th and last picture, the fractus clouds in the distance are right above the two small trees below the taller center tree.
When I heard thunder rumbling, I finished lunch and left for home. I have a mind to draw a cartoon of my under the clouds adventure.