I remember when I was a kid, wanting to see "The Search for Noah's Ark", which was playing "FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY!" at the local cinemaplex and that night a hurricane hit the shore of New Jersey cranking 40 mph winds across our suburban neighborhood with even stronger gusts -- Mrs. Ricky, who lived across the street from us lost her garage. My mother watched out the living room window as her garage was uprooted and "walked down the street". My sister and I begged and begged that she take us to the movie. We tried, valiantly, we made it to the car, but the streets proved un-navigable and I never saw the move -- despite the tantilizing AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHS that showed ... well, who knows.
Anyway. A storm is currently pounding its way across West Philadelphia with an intense fury that reminds me of that day. The motion of the trees is frightening, like angry whips. The rain got too intense to be able to photograph out the window anymore. So now I'm on the back porch, recently screened in. The screen stops a lot of the water actually. But the fury of the wind, and the noise -- that clattering -- the flash, brief, intense daylight. It's wonderful. Roswell is freaked out but she can't bring herself to go inside. She's a brave one.
Juke Box Hero, after all these years, I think is still an awesome song. I've passed my own shadow by the back stage door and I'm very happy to be where I am right here, right now. Here with trillian_stars and Roswell, watching this storm with my life the way it is. I wouldn't trade places with anybody. And I'm pretty sure that The Search for Noah's Ark probably sucked anyway.
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Those storms look nice. I wish we could have them here. So hot in Texas now. All I can do is stay in and write or read.
I haven't seen lightning for awhile. There are tons of tall pine trees around where we lived so it was always tricky finding the lightning! The cats used to get so freaked out over it, too. Have you noticed that with your kitties, when a bad storm is coming in, they tend to stay inside? Even if it isn't raining out, just cloudy, they will refuse to go outside and sure enough, it will be extremely stormy later that day.
Great lightning shots! I love a good storm, too. I grew up in the midwest, and we had fabulous storms all summer long. We don't get so many up in the Pacific Northwest, though. Roswell is very brave. Most cats would seek the indoors immediately.
And as I recall, The Search for Noah's Ark was somewhat inconclusive.
A Sun (or sometimes Sunn)Classic Picture! Who also brought you Ancient Secrets of the Bible, The Lincoln Conspiracy, Mysterious Monsters, The Bermuda Triangle, and In Search of the Historic Jesus. (Amongst others.)
I always considered these to be the National Enquirer of movies along with the people who did The Late, Great Planet Earth. (I thought that might also be a 'Sunn Classic Picture' due to Orson Welles narrating it, but it seems the 1970s were a great time for schlocky scare movies/documentaries.)
Great photos! I couldn't quite see it since it was right above me in Center City for much of the time. I do love a good storm, but I hate it when the wind blows the rain into my windows so I have to close them and cannot see/hear it as well. Was tempted to go onto the roof to get a better look over South Philly, but that would not have been the wisest of ideas!
So that is where that storm went!! We were at a barbecue all day and around 8pm it got scary storm dark but never did anything the dark clouds just looked like they were marching onward to rain down on someone else. Even when we left after midnight we could see the skyline lighting up but didn't even hear it since it was so far in the distance. It must have been putting the beating on your area. All I saw all night was the distant flashes which since you posted about it seemed fittingly like flashes from a camera on the other side of the room.
Awesome shots of the lightning. I really liked your older post about the rain too where you caught the line of rain coming down from the building.
Minor historical notes... The building with the dome is the former HQ of the Provident Mutual Life Assurance Company. Since they left the building (20 years back, more or less), it's been occupied by a series of government-funded projects and agencies, all of which seem to have flopped.
The building site itself, though, goes further back. The strip of about 100 acres, running from roughly 43rd to 49th street along the north side of Market, was the home for many years of the Institute of Pennsylvania Hospital (a/k/a Kirkbride's Hospital). It was the insane asylum run by Pennsylvania Hospital from 1841 through 1997. The most intriguing thing was that the hospital had its own private railroad, which ran underground from one end of the site to the other.