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The jogger really picked up the pace when this wild storm came up out of nowhere. We were shopping in Sidney, a town on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, when we noticed the sky turning black, thunder rolling and lightning flashing. Thunderstorms are very rare around here so we hastily drove down to the seawall in time to catch the blast as it swept in off the Strait of Georgia. A few seconds later and the deluge came and it was like sitting inside a car-wash!. We could see people out walking their dogs and getting soaked to the skin. On the way home we even encountered slushy snow on parts of the road. A really unusual combination of weather!

November 20, 2009,
right out of the Fuji S100FS camera.


british columbia, sidney, george cousins, storm, water, wind and rain, canada, vancouver island


  • Mike Oxley
    Mike Oxleyalmost 5 years ago

    Wow! What a great shot, George! Simply amazing!

  • Thanks Mike..I had only a few seconds to get the camera out of the bag and up to my eye and then it came down in torrents! I lost sight of that poor!

    – George Cousins

  • Craig Blanchard
    Craig Blanchardalmost 5 years ago

    Love the mood of this, George!

  • Thanks Craig, I love that sort of scene myself, it’s not all that common but once in awhile luck favours the guy with the camera in the!

    – George Cousins

  • Stan Wojtaszek
    Stan Wojtaszekalmost 5 years ago

    Well captured, George !
    Great exposure to keep detail in the lighter clouds. :)

  • Thanks Stan, it was a wild few minutes trying to get to the right place and get the camera out and going..but if you don’t try….LOL!

    – George Cousins

  • Andrew Woodman
    Andrew Woodmanalmost 5 years ago

    Great capture and mood George

  • Hi Woody, and thanks very much for your kind words!

    – George Cousins

  • Rahul Kapoor
    Rahul Kapooralmost 5 years ago

    great capture.. :))

  • Hello Rahul..thanks very much, glad you liked it:)

    – George Cousins

  • Sean Jansen
    Sean Jansenalmost 5 years ago

    This looks so very powerful George….terrific capture !!

  • Thanks Sean, it was one of those things that just comes right out of nowhere! The black sky and thunder were enough to make the mad dash to the!

    – George Cousins

  • Brian Carey
    Brian Careyalmost 5 years ago

    Out jogging and the sky looks so menacing! Great shot George!

  • Hi Brian, thanks very much. That storm came up almost in minutes. There were a lot of folks out jogging, walking their dogs,etc. and they all had a thorough soaking. Very unusual for here to have thunder storms at any time, but never saw one this late in the year.

    – George Cousins

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