Before the Storm

By: pbcmedia

Dec 19 2008

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Category: anxiety, Creativity, MASSACUSETTS, PHOTO BLOGGING, Photography, Seasons, SMELLS, STORMS, WEATHER


Focal Length:16mm
Shutter:1/0 sec
Camera:Canon EOS 5D

If you live in New England, you know this sky.  It means a snow storm is coming.

As I went out around mid morning to do a few last minute errands and to do my daily shoot, I wanted to capture that “before the storm” sky in some way that captured both the physical sky itself as well as the smell of steel in the air that also is a sign that significant snow is imminent.

I passed by the town cemetery and said well, here we have our steel, our sky, as well as the ominous feeling that is attached to the first of the season’s storm warnings as well.

I drove in and while I was taking the photo, a school bus went by filled with students being released early from school.

Click.  That’s just about right for there is always that in a storm in New England: No School.


You never forget what a great feeling that is no matter how many inches fall nor how many years have passed since you last rode the bus home.

©Pat Coakley 2008


6 comments on “Before the Storm”

  1. That’s a creepy view. Looks like something terrible had happened and there are no alive people in that place.
    Probably I’ve seen too many scary movies.

    I’m glad all snow in old England has melted.

  2. It’s ominous alright. Wow, an amazing picture to make us FEEL the impending storm. great one, Pat. If you hadn’t mentioned the school bus, I wouldn’t have noticed it either. Weird, I was too focused on the forefront of this photo, and the sky.

  3. I know, Palpinao…it does look a bit creepy! But, focus on the little yellow bus in the background and the creeps are gone!

    Hey, sweetiegirlz, I probably should have cropped it so the bus was more prominent but I’m in a non-crop phase for some reason. Besides, the wide angle thing is part of the “feel” I think. Thanks! Your Sunday Photo Essays are really benefiting from your new camera!

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