*THE GUARDIAN* by Van Coleman

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Storms were building up all around me on I64 just outside of Winchester, Kentucky, on July 20, 2006. The winds began to pick up as the storm clouds rolled into the area and surrounding counties. I knew something bad was brewing with the weather, and severe thunderstorms seemed imminent.

Driving on the interstate, heading towards home in northeast Ky., I looked straight ahead and there was this huge, magnificent cloud ahead of me. For a brief second I thought I saw what looked like “AN ANGEL” riding on top of this cloud, although I knew it was either only another cloud or part of this same, huge cloud I was now facing.
So I quickly grabbed my camera on the seat beside me and took this picture, and since have named it “THE GUARDIAN,” for several good reasons.

The very next day, July 21, 2006, we had a Severe weather outbreak. The Storms Prediction Center (SPC) in Norman, Oklahoma, issued a “PDS,” which is a “PARTICULAR DANGEROUS SITUATION,” for several states, including mine (Kentucky).
A total of 285 storm reports came through; 31 hail, 251 high winds, and 1 tornado. Power lines and large trees were down, many of them across entire counties.

Thankfully there were no injuries or deaths reported! The one lone tornado report came from a trained spotter, who observed the twister in an open field 1 mile southwest of Hoyleton, Illinois.
I remembered then taking this particular picture, and said my blessings, for surely there was a “guardian” or an “angel” watching over all of us!!

Van’s XTreme Photography
Photographer – Artist – Stormchaser
“The Cloud Lady”
Van Coleman
Photographer resides in the beautiful foothills of northeastern Kentucky.
Winner of multiple awards, including a prestigious International award for her work, “Mammatus.”
Taking Photography to the XTreme!
Contact Information: kywxchaser@gmail.com

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  • Karen  Helgesen
    Karen Helgesenabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful perspective! The clouds are almost scary they are so large! And!!! This is Kentucky! It reminds me of my home in Tennessee.

    Wonderful image!

  • Thank you so much Karen!!
    Big clouds continued to build and stack up as I headed home.
    Thankfully my area was spared any major storm damage from
    all the severe weather that continued for two days!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Mary Kaderabek-Aleckson
    Mary Kaderabek...about 6 years ago

    It is truly magnificent and the angel is very clear, almost as if it is casting a shadow as well. The countryside below is neat too with the road in the center. Great capture and thanks for sharing.

  • Thanks so much Mary for your wonderful comments!
    I am glad you noticed the “ANGEL” on top of the cloud,
    you have a good eye to notice it, and especially the
    “SHADOW” that it cast on the cloud below it!
    Thanks again Mary!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyabout 6 years ago

    Beautiful work – MQ

  • Thanks so very much Mike!! This image was captured as I was driving due east on I64 towards home!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Jonicool
    Jonicoolabout 6 years ago

    Wonderful capture…I just love clouds too :)

  • Thank you very much Jonicool!! I appreciate your wonderful comments!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    What a comforting message and presented so beautiufully. Nice work, van. xo

  • My dear friend Lori!! This is AMAZING…I mean seeing you just now…I have had you on my mind for 2 days, so I said some prayers for you and hope all is well:))…THANK YOU Lori for your beautiful comments on this image!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 5 years ago

    You are an angel, just as I expected. I have struggled ith H1N1 and had a difficult time. I needed those prayers. i am still on bed rest but doing better. Thank you so much!!! xoxox

  • Lori, I just KNEW something was up with you and became concerned when I couldn’t get you off of my mind. Since I couldn’t call or visit, I decided to send a little “knee-mail:)))” It’s always the “BEST” thing to do anyway!!! Bless your heart Lori!!! I do hope you are feeling much, much better and have no ill effects from H1N1. I got my H1N1 shot the other day and I was very fortunate to have gotten it when I did. Let me know sweetie if there is anything I can do for you and I will!!!!
    BIG GIANT HUGS!!!!!xx

    – Van Coleman

  • Anne Gitto
    Anne Gittoover 5 years ago

    Wonderful witness of our God & Father in all his power & merciful love.

  • PapasGirl
    PapasGirlover 5 years ago

    stunning work..just stunning

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