Ophelia – A Tanka

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Rich shades of autumn,

Copper-coloured foliage,

Orange and deep gold,

Reflected in storm-swirled skies;

Nature’s wonders never cease.

 

Emma H, age 26, 16/10/2017

 


My photo does not do justice to yesterday’s eerie, apocalyptic weather – it was reminiscent of scenes from Mad Max or Star Wars. An eye-catching celestial phenomenon was created as ex-hurricane Ophelia’s winds dragged desert sands and forest fire particles up into the atmosphere over Britain. Nature never ceases to amaze me.

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Lightshow Spectacular

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Thick and sticky air

Glued to dewy skin

A curtain of humidity

Cumulonimbus descending

The skyline hangs low

Beneath weighty clouds

Undulating charcoal gloom

Rolling and broiling

Turbulent heavens

Building electric anticipation

Precipitous cloudbursts

Apocalyptic deluge

Raindrops plummeting

Scene-drenching effects

Jagged oscillations

Weave through charged raindrops

Sparking pulses zigzag

Across a black backdrop

Retinas blasted

By blazing illuminations

Skies strobing

In a cosmic rave

Cataclysmic timpani

Orchestrating a symphony

Dramatic crescendo

Of bass and percussion

Reverberating cannonade

Bombarding eardrums

 

Lightshow spectacular

Meteorological theatre

Striking fear

Dazzling audiences

To thunderous applause

 

Emma H, age 26, 19/07/2017

 


It’s been quite a stormy summer, by British standards at least. The biggest in mid-July lasted most of the night, with over 150,000 lightning strikes recorded over 12 hours (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40653713) – it was quite a spectacle to behold! Unsurprisingly, I felt compelled to write about it the next day 🙂

The photo is unfortunately from a separate storm, back in 2014, although also very dramatic!