Spooky Stormy Skies

The last couple weeks  here we’ve been getting a lot of stormy weather. We’ve had storm watches, storm warnings, flood warnings, and frogs and burning hail falling from the sky. The good thing this that we’ve received lots of needed rain out of the deal, and some interesting skies to boot. The other night, I looked out about sunset, and saw this:

There was a line of storms to the south and east of us, and cloudy skies on top of us. As the sun set, it created an eerie glow. I popped out the door, camera in hand. I got off about 5 shots before it started to rain.

In the pic below, this is the view we have looking to the east from our house. The barn on the right used to be a dairy barn where cows were milked. This was back before Harland bought the place. We use it as a garage now. The barn further up the hill on the left is where we keep the young cows in the early spring when they have their calves.

The storms that passed to the south of us that night dumped 9 inches of rain. Glad we missed that one. Yikes.


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35 Responses

  1. Sheri from CA says:

    Such beautiful pictures. I luv your website. Love the stormy skies.. We very rarely see them were I live, San Diego.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Sheri,
      Yes, but you have the ocean, and I love to take pics of the ocean. So pretty. 🙂
      Thank you for stopping by.

  2. Granny J says:

    Wow, I’m glad that storm missed you too! Love your blog!

  3. What great colors! Kansas has the most awesome sunsets and cloud formations. That’s the perk that goes with the weird weather.

  4. Christina says:

    Oh I love these photos! I would love to have been standing out there too seeing those skies!

  5. Sharon says:

    This is the up side to crazy weather. I love stormy sky pic’s. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Rebecca says:

    Love the pictures! We are in south central Kansas and got rained on during a football game last night! REALLY wanted the rain, just not at that time! 😉

  7. I love that eerie light at sunset when a storm is coming or just passed. Beautiful pics! Looking forward to more prarie pics 🙂

  8. Teresa says:

    Very beautiful and dramatic pictures. I certainly hope you stay safe from storms and flooding and frogs and burning hail!

  9. Beautiful sky, I love the colors before storms. We’ve gotten the winds and damage, but not very much rain. We would take some of those 9 inches off their hands.

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Lana,
      It wasn’t so bad because all the nasty weather went around us that evening. We watch the weather pretty closely here cause you never know.

  10. Doe of Mi. says:

    I agree with Lana – beautiful but, scary!

  11. {oc cottage} says:

    Awesome shots!

    m ^..^

  12. Peggy says:

    Oh my goodness Suzanne! That third picture looks real scary! I would be running for the basement. Not really I do like to look and the skies too. And again you take great photos. We haven’t had rain in weeks. The ground is so dry. When I see the farmers out there is so much dust! I have been watering my lawn for a while now. (Just spots where I’m trying to grow grass from where the trees were removed.) Send sone rain to the east coast!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Peggy,
      Would send you some rain if I could. We had a drought this summer where we didn’t get any rain for over a month, and the temps were over 100 most of the time. Just hate drought.

  13. I always enjoy your photos that give us a glimpse of the beauty of the prairie. The skies are also so beautiful. I do hope to be able to visit someday 🙂

  14. Debbie says:

    Beautiful pictures! Yesterday I was hiking in the Flint Hills north of Manhattan, near Randolph. Driving there we were seeing the scariest looking clouds and lightening! Like a tornado might just drop down out of them!
    Luckily those passed over us, and we got to hike! But we went from rain, to muggy heat, to strong, cold misty winds all in about 3 hours!
    Like they say…..it’s Kansas, and you just never know what the weather will do!

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Debbie,
      When we were last in the Flint Hills down near Strong City, it was blazing hot all day, and then about sunset, the wind turned and the temp dropped. Pretty amazing place the Flint Hills, and something everyone should experience.

  15. Wow! Those are some ominous looking skies there! I love these photos, they are beautiful. I really love when the skies produce such a wonderful eerie strange color. So awesome. I am going to make photo #2 as my background on my desktop for my computer. I kept one of your sunflower photos on my desktop for weeks, but recently changed it to one of my apple photos, but now…back to one of your storm photos. Thanks for the photo posting…I get to keep a wonderful variety of desktops…I am always changing them…I think it’s fun!

  16. Debbie says:

    Bonnie, I do the same thing, alternating between photos from here, my own, & other places on the web for my desktop!
    I like to change it up! Right now I have one of the spooky storm photos too!

  17. Sally Bishop says:

    The rain is good and we need it here in the Texas panhandle but the cotton is getting ready so we don’t need 9 inches until after harvesr.

  18. Aletha says:

    Oh those are beautiful, do you know about the family that lived there before you and going back????

    • Suzanne says:

      Hi Aletha,
      Harland knows a little about the family that lived in our house before us, but not much. They farmed too.

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