Thursday, June 24, 2010

Chicago recharges

This past Wednesday night a nasty storm blew across many of the towns around here.  Everyone is OK but we had the tornado sirens blaring for awhile.  We were ready with flashlights  (oh that's a torch for you Brits) to head down to the basement.

This morning's Chicago Tribune had this great picture on the front page.


 
Tribune photographer Chris Sweda

Doesn't it look like the city is getting a charge?   Chicago is plugged into Mother Nature's grid.  

The building on the left is Trump tower and the right is Sears tower but we are supposed to call it Willis tower.   Looks like it became "SearED" tower last night.

Interested in a bigger shot and/or the story behind the picture?  Check out this blog called Cityscapes.



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19 comments:

lisleman said...

Hey I found a cool video clip of this lightning strike. Actually you'll see the three tallest buildings being hit. The video was taken looking east toward the city.
Check it out.
http://vimeo.com/12816548

Green-Eyed Momster said...

Lisleman, I appreciate your comments on my blog lately. I'm sorry I haven't been around much here.

Sure looks like your city will be charged for quite some time.

oceangirl415 said...

Woho! Do you feel charged up? I'll check out the video. We tried, me and my son to catch picture of lightnings, especially when we are on water, but I guess it takes a special camera.

oceangirl415 said...

Wow too beautiful beyond words. Thank you for sharing. But what exactly happened? Did the three buildings get hit again and again?

Kevin said...

That is one beautiful (if scary!) picture.

I seem to spend most of this time of year tracking the US Weather Channel to see which friends I have to worry about.

James said...

We have the storm sirens here in East Nebraska, too. They never go off - besides their first Saturday of the month test - unless a nasty piece of weather is headed our way. In 2008 we had just moved here, and one afternoon the sirens went off twice in about 15 minutes. Then the winds exploded to 80-100 mph, and trashed parts of Omaha. Missed us totally, but we got to feel what powerless is.

Bearman said...

Yes a video camera...haha j/k

savannah said...

WOW! i thought our thunder and lighting shows were spectacular, but all y'all take the cake! great video! xoxoxo

TechnoBabe said...

What a lucky break for that photographer. It really is a wonderful shot. Chicago is such a pretty city. If only there could be a way to make use of the energy in lightening, free energy for the city.

lisleman said...

The video was edited and the clip is replayed at different speeds.

lisleman said...

that's a good way, but have you tried capturing a very good still picture from video clip? Lightning and fireworks with their randomness, light/dark contrast, and short length are tough subjects. This was a lucky shot - IMHO.

lisleman said...

good to hear nothing terrible happened but every year I'm reminded of the power of nature. Nature vs. human = we lose in the end.

lisleman said...

we have these big tall lightning catching buildings but you have centuries old trees that would be a terrible lost if they got destroyed.

lisleman said...

It's sad but most think the politicians here would probably try to sell the lightning for bribes. This lightning is bleeping golden!!

frigginloon said...

Stay safe Lisleman I'm guessing one of those bolts could pack a punch :(

dave hambidge said...

The picture above made it into a number of British newspapers, can't think why?

unknownmami said...

Wow, that's a spectacular picture.

dina@4lettrewords said...

WOW...that is fantastic.

Thank you for stopping by to visit!

Lisa said...

Silly me (don't let my son know I ever mentioned this). But next time, I'll
turn the camera to video. Thank you Bearman.

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