July 4th Storm

July 4th Storm

July 4th, a time for fireworks, brutal hot weather and sunshine. On this particular 4th of July in Ithaca, NY there was a very strange storm. The huge cloud hovering over the immense Cornell University on top of the hill was a golden color due to the setting sun behind my tripod. A cloud of green came up through an adjacent valley (yes a green cloud, which signifies a hail storm) and merged with this cloud over Cornell. It began to thunder and lightning and continued to for hours. I got some streaks of lightning on film going the length of Cornell University. It actually hailed and then the clouds began to drift away just in time for the fireworks. And I got some decent shots of them also.
If anyone has ever been to Cornell University they will know that the buildings on the hilltop are rather large, so that ill show you the scope of these enormous clouds.

A Light In The Clouds

A Light In The Clouds

Cornell University as seen through the lens on a cloudy day from Treman Park Marina in Ithaca, NY.