Thursday, September 16, 2010

Skywatch Friday: The Photo That Saved My Life

No kidding. On Monday afternoon I was leaving school, and stopped at the traffic light just outside our parking garage. I saw the cloud and, since the light had turned to red just as I got to it, and it's usually pretty long, I whipped out ye olde (antique) iPhone and quickly snapped the picture--thinking that it'd be good wallpaper for the phone.

I turned it off and set it down, looking up to notice that the light was now green--but because of the fraction of a second of extra time it took me to get rid of the "camera," my left turn into traffic was delayed.

Good thing, because just as I was about to pull out, some jackass came shooting through the red light at about 50 mph. If I had actually gotten going "on time," I wouldn't be posting here today, and despite Vera's nifty side air bags and terrific frame, I'd undoubtedly have ended up as a smear on the road, given the speed at which I'd have been hit.

So, thank you everyone, for being such inspiring skywatchers that I can't pass up a good cloud, in hopes that I'd end up with something worth posting. In terms of composition, etc., this ain't much. But it did save my life.

Happy weekend!

5 comments:

jabblog said...

A lucky escape indeed! I'm never very confident that some idiot won't burst through the red light when 'my' light turns green. I'm glad you lived to tell another tale, Candace! Slow and cautious wins the race as Aesop said, that wise old saw ;-)

jabblog said...

... and actually I forgot to comment on the sky that might conceivably have saved your life . . . a pretty blue sky with innocent white clouds - but you should print it and frame it!!

clairz said...

I lost a young nephew just that way. I think you should frame this picture and hang it on the wall.

Sylvia K said...

Oh, I am so glad that you're ok, Candace! That is totally frightening! You caught a gorgeous shot that is even more beautiful considering it saved your life!! Have a great, SAFE weekend!

Sylvia

Ash said...

I can totally relate to near escape situations. When the wheel and axis to my sister's colbolt decided to split/break and send me from the far right lane to the left turning lane (four lanes) I would have been hit by a blue jeep had not the lights to the intersection had been turning red.So yeah....