Thursday there was a random storm at about 8:30 right when I was about to leave the studio and head home. I was so tired and I really wanted to get to bed and try to catch up on some sleep before my performance exam the next day, but the weather had other plans. It started pouring down rain just as I was about to walk out the doors, so I ended up staying for about 45 minutes waiting for the rain to stop. As soon as it let up I threw everything in the car and tried to leave, but as I drove by the big parking lot at the front of the school this caught my eye, and I of course had to stop and shoot. It was so cool watching the mist build up and die down every few seconds and then see the little bit of sunlight die down behind the storm clouds in the background. Finding the time to shoot for myself was really difficult this week because of the numerous assignments that were due, and I of course procrastinated and was stressing over getting them submitted on time and trying to make them look like I didn’t wait until the last minute. I’m glad I took that 20 minutes to shoot for myself because it took a little bit of the stress of this past week away.
Yet again Khadejeh convinced me to do something out of my comfort zone this weekend. Well actually she didn’t really need to convince me this time. She texted me Saturday morning and asked if I wanted to go to the annual Threshers Reunion in Denton, NC. I had no idea what that was but I was already bored at home from being on break from school (it’s been two days, I have seven left, but I’m not counting down or anything.) Little did I know I was about to step into redneck central.
Actually, it wasn’t really what I expected. I mean, I of course saw countless rebel flags, “Heritage not Hate” t-shirts, and only a few “Make America Great Again” hats…..okay maybe it was what I expected. Other than that it was a very interesting day and so much fun to photograph. About an hour into sweating our butts off a giant storm rolled through and cooled everything down a little and when it finally stopped raining they started the tractor parade.
It was really cool to see all of the different tractors, but the best ones were the ones the kids were driving. It was so funny to see these giant machines roll by and then the next one I would see was a tiny, almost toy like tractor a kid was driving, like the one above. After the parade was over we walked around finding things to photograph when we came across the stables. These horses were definitely bigger than the ponies we saw last weekend, but so much nicer.
On Monday I was sitting in the computer lab at school when I got an alert on my phone about a severe thunderstorm watch for Asheboro. I decided that since I wasn’t printing anymore I should probably put my prints and paper back in my mat locker in the studio before it started pouring down rain. When I was walking back from the studio I looked up and saw this monstrosity in the sky. I’m not sure how much I can actually stress how much I LOVE storms and the clouds that come with them. So of course when I saw this beautiful shelf cloud I completely freaked out. I practically sprinted back to the lab to grab my camera and then ran out the the front of the school to confront the the beast head on. I only got about 20 shots before I realized that the cloud was practically on top of me, and it was probably best to head back inside before my camera became a very expensive paper weight.
PSA: park closer to the building if it’s calling for rain or else you’ll be trapped at school until it stops pouring down rain. Also, shout out to Liz for the makeshift trash bag poncho.