|A dark sky rolls in behind the Provincetown Public Library, sending folks scrambling for cover.|
Ten minutes earlier there was blue sky beyond these buildings.
I was sitting on the bench at Pepe's Wharf waiting for a friend to join me for dinner when I heard people at the edge of the Johnson Street parking lot exclaiming over the clouds rising above the rooftops along Commercial Street. I pulled out my camera as I walked toward them to take a look, just in case it was something interesting, and was astonished to see enormous, perfectly white clouds drifting upward, morphing into other shapes so quickly it looked a bit like a time-lapsed film of clouds rolling up and over the town. As the sky turned that deep, dark blue-black color of twilight (nearly two hours early) and the sudden, cool wind blew loose items up Commercial Street, shopkeepers rushed out to pull in displays from their front stoops, visitors scrambled toward the safety of their guesthouses, and Helen and Napi Van Dereck stood out in the middle of Freeman Street, cheering on the storm.
|From Johnson Street parking lot these remarkable, pure white, misty clouds|
seemed to be rising from the ground somewhere beyond Bradford Street.
|As the clouds rose over the rooftops they began shredding into delicate wisps,|
so low above the buildings that I could imagine touching them from the rooftops.
|In a moment, the last wisps were blown apart and the sky really began to darken.|
|Seconds later an enormous storm cloud emerged from the ever-darker sky,|
being pushed over the town, toward the harbor, by a cold northwest wind.
|John Ventilato took this photo of the rainbow that followed the storm.|
|Bobby Miller's photo of the rainbow|
As the storm had begun to roll in, It turns out Tom Johnson was watching it just a few feet from me. He was sitting on the upper deck at Pepe's. His higher vantage point gave him some really dramatic shots of the storm rolling in over the rooftops. Go by the Tom Johnson Photo Gallery on the first floor of the Whaler's Wharf, at 237 Commercial Street, and ask if you can see them. At this writing he hadn't yet gotten them all printed up and framed. It's worth a special trip there just see his amazing shot of the rainbow, and when you see it, you'll want to put it on your wall at home, and send it to friends, too.
Tom's rainbow photo captured the most vibrant, gorgeous colors of any of the photos I've seen. It's phenomenal, and It's been selling like hotcakes since the moment he put it on the wall in his shop. Well done, Tom.
If anyone else has photos to share, let me know and I'll show them here.