If you were anywhere near the national news yesterday,
you probably heard about the massive
wind, rain and tornado storm
that slammed through middle America.
The above picture was taken by Kristyna Wentz-Graff
for the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
A tornado touched down in Racine, Wisconsin,
the town where I started my broadcast career.
As a news reporter, I covered many storms.
Heck, I often reported in the rain...
and was whipped around by monsoon winds while live on TV!
I LOVE storms, and my
reporting career turned me into an
I adore the high of a good storm!
So, yesterday, when I heard the weather reports,
the impending tempest was too tempting.
I grabbed my camera to chase the storm.
I headed to a park with towering trees,
certain I would capture them bending in half
in 75 mph winds against a furious sky.
I sat in the park for TWO hours waiting...
but the trees were perfectly still.
I tracked the storm on my car radio and
finally it started to rain.
But, NO STINKIN' WIND!
I drove around all afternoon
DANG, a stiff breeze would have fed my addictive craving.
Highly disappointed, I pulled over to the side of the road.
That's when I remembered
my own golden rule of reporting...
Before arriving at a news story,
try to figure out what the story should or will be.
Always let the story tell the story
all by itself.
My eyes peered heavenward and
there it was...
the storm story in MY town telling
me the story...
IN THE SKY!
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It's always fun to play in Photobucket...
I oranged up the sky for autumn in this next pic.
I think I see a cloud jack-o-lantern head ghost
in the lower left corner.
No wind pictures like I expected,
provided breathtaking art in the sky.
This morning, I had to get up early to
drive my husband to the airport.
While my head was still in a bit of a fog,
my eyes were in the clouds.
The sky was an awesome orange...
all on its own.
"Honey, I NEED to get to the airport," Hubby said as
he saw me reach
for my camera.
"You can take sunrise pics on your way home."
The moment he stepped out of the car,
I grabbed my camera.
What I have learned over the years is this:
Life will always reveal truth and glory...
When I let go of my expectations...
I went back to the park today and got my
But not stormy.