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Rainbow Over My Pet Rocks - Davenport, California | by Jim Patterson Photography
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Rainbow Over My Pet Rocks - Davenport, California

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Yesterday, my girlfriend and I celebrated the fact that she is now an official PhD candidate after giving her proposal defense. We hit the El Palomar bar for some nachos and margaritas around 4pm.


I mentioned how cool the clouds looked, but by the time I got off work around 7 o'clock the cursed fog rolled in and I went straight home. And if you're thinking, "he drank margaritas while on the clock", yeah I did. But you haven't met my boss. Sometimes he serves drinks while I'm still at work. It's a relaxed kind of place. :)


Anyway, today was different. The fog stayed offshore, and I headed up the coast. I stopped in two different spots before settling in at my old favorite, Panther Beach.


One of my contacts, Diego, was down the road at one of his favorite spots, Laguna Creek Beach where he ran into another Flickran snakebite2, and as it turns out, I ran into another one of my contacts, fellow photographer thewengler (Lukas).


This turned out to be a blessing in disguise. You see, I was planning on heading down to the beach like I most often do, but Lukas said he was going to shoot from the bluffs. I decided to join him as this was the first time we had met face to face.


Walking the bluffs, we chatted a bit, but time was running short, and I really didn't know where I wanted to shoot or what for that matter. As I wandered north of where Lukas set up, I saw a rainbow forming to the south. I quickly set up, as I was doing so, it started raining on me! Nothing too drenching, but something I wasn't expecting.


As I set my bag down, I heard this loud rumbling, and for a moment, I thought it was the waves below or maybe the cliff side eroding beneath my very feet!


I started shooting and then I saw a huge flash of lightning! That was what I heard! Thunder. Just to clarify, we don't get much in the way of thunderstorms around the central California coast, but they do happen from time to time. In fact, the weather forecast is calling for isolated thunderstorms this Saturday. I guess they rolled in a few days early.


You can be sure I will be out if possible hoping to get some lightning over my favorite rocks.


Instead, I will have to settle for this rainbow over my pet rocks.


Nikon D300

Nikkor 12-24mm @ 19mm

4sec @ f13, ISO 100

B+W Polarizer

Lee .75 Soft GND Filter

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Taken on June 2, 2009