The Waiting

Big Storm Coming Soon

Hurricane Season.

Down here in the semi-tropics our hurricane season runs from June 1 until November 30. Usually, we don’t see any kind of big storm until July.

Now comes Cristobal.

The storm is predicted to remain a tropical storm. The thing about big storms is that they are often unpredictable. With a little more wind and water picked up in the Gulf of Mexico this one could turn into a Category 1 Hurricane.

This storm, whatever it ends up being, is very early.

Of course, we are prepared. And, we aren’t worried. Unless something really weird happens, we’ll just have a lot of wind and rain. This being 2020 you just never know. For all I know the storm could contain stream sof fire, or a big giant lizard.

The mayor said that if we have a mandatory evacuation, we have to go. She said a hurricane takes presidence over CoVid19. So, we jump back from the frying pan into the fire. I have no idea where we’d go. Maybe to Texas. Going due north won’t help. The storm will just follow us. Although it won’t be anywhere near as strong as will be down here, it should reach Wisconsin.

The Picture

That’s what you came here for, right?

I made this picture last night. Storm clouds are already blowing in from the gulf. Because I was working in very low light, the ISO was turned way up. Maybe too much. The picture was very noisy. I did what I could to mitigate that, but still no joy.

I didn’t really want to give up because I liked the subject. I did what anybody would do. I kicked it up to notches unknown. I went about as far as I could go in post production. I destroyed the picture. I put an ugly border around it. The picture was done. Finished. So was I.

Stay safe. Stay Mighty. Enjoy every sandwich.

Stay dry.

Published by Ray Laskowitz

I am a visual storyteller. I've been making pictures for some 40 years. I travel the world in search of the right image. in the right light at the right time. You can reach me by phone at 505.280.4686, or by email at or For a quick look at my work please go to

4 thoughts on “The Waiting

  1. I like it, it looks like trying to colorize an old glass negative or something.
    Frankly, what annoys me most about living in Texas during hurricane season is when they come, they’re the slow-moving heavy-rainers, and they always show up in the middle of the night. I wanna watch the wind and rain, dang it. I’m a weather bug. Oh well.

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    1. It looks like a mess. 🥴 15 years ago we had a hurricane. 80% of the city was under water. My neighborhood was flooded five weeks. I like weather well enough, but if I never see a hurricane again I’ll be happy.

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      1. I don’t blame. I hated Hurricane Harvey (was high and relatively dry where I am, but all the roads were closed due to standing water, nowhere to go and no way to get there). The amount of rain was quite frightening and I kept trying to check up on people when I had communication, but it was my company for the shut-in that was the worst. I felt useless because I wanted to go help people somehow, and my dad wouldn’t stop making fun of people crying on TV about losing their homes. Four days of that crap. Granted, he was slowly dying and in depression (and in denial of it), but his mocking attitude just infuriated me.


  2. I retreated to Lake Charles and eventually New Mexico for a couple of years. Sometimes, I think that was the place. Stress and illness does nasty things to people. Think about now. Everyone is stressed to their maximum


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