“Mom, so glad you took these pictures! I’m going to use them in my book I Survived The Destruction Of Texas.” – Kendall, 7.5
Did you hear about the destruction of Texas? Or at least that giant hail storm- like literally GIANT HAIL the size of softballs. I heard it made national news.
Well, this is what it looked like as it approached us.
I did a little bit of editing on these in Lightroom, but really only to increase their clarity and contrast. The colors in the sky and the lighting on the houses is exactly how it looked on the other side of the camera. The sun was shining behind me, and it looked like a beautiful spring day. It lit up the houses on the other side of the street while the storm passed over them. Craziest, most beautiful sight. That blue-green stripe in the middle was unlike anything I’ve ever seen.
This is the storm as it passed over out backyard. Those clouds were hauling ass.
The skies opened about 60 seconds after I took this. I was safely inside by then… and this happened.
Ummmmm…. that’s not our trampoline. That’s our neighbors to the right. That IS our playhouse, though. Poor playhouse.
The kids were pretty sad for the playhouse and trampolines (the neighbors and ours- though ours certainly didn’t get hit as bad).
Listen to this short video with the sound on! Lowell’s narration is hilarious. “Trampoline die.”
It was pretty scary, but we are super lucky that the worst of it for us was a destroyed playhouse, trampoline, shed, and a busted garage window (and we’re definitely getting a new roof). A lot of our neighbors just a few miles up the road got hit with hail so big it blew out windows in their cars, houses, and even went straight through their roofs.
Photo Credit: Mary Ann Olson
LOOK AT HOW BIG!
Also, our internet was out for 24 hours, but we somehow survived that AND the destruction of Texas.
All photos were taken with my Canon 6D and a Sigma 35 1.4.