I thought I would finally post some photos from July 25, 2009.
I'll never forget this day.
It started out as a beautiful Saturday afternoon: clear skies, sunshine, temperatures in the mid 20's Celsius. We picked up BBQ supplies, called up our friends, and all met down at Spanish Banks.
When we set up on the beach it was 4pm and the tide was very low - one of the lowest tides I had seen there in a long time. You could barely even see the people - they were so far out!
We decided to head down to the beach and walk out to the water's edge.
Some of the guys went for a swim...
...it was around then when I looked east and noticed a big dark cloud looming over the city.
I knew it had to be raining over there, and we're not talking about a light drizzle. I just crossed my fingers and hoped that it wouldn't make it out our way. I mean, it was still sunny where we were.
I decided to head back. Back through the seaweed and sandbars and salt water channels.
Back at the site, we set up our BBQ and watched as the tide crept back in.
For several hours we enjoyed drinks, food, and one another's company, watching the tide coming in with all the people with it.
And that's when it started to happen.
We first heard the thunder off in the distance, and it was followed by bright flashes. But the lightning was far enough away, out in the mountains and over the city and suburbs, so we continued our BBQ. We continued like this for about half an hour before the rain set in. It was large, luscious drops of rain. It cleared out almost all of Spanish Banks to the point where we were the only ones left.
Strangely, we stayed and basked in it.
We watched the lightning light up the mountains across the water and behind us over the suburbs. We could see it fork down over downtown Vancouver, and we just stood there in awe.
Earlier in the day we had a hard time finding parking and a spot on the beach. And here we were, a few hours later, and the beach was vacant with exception to a few individuals like ourselves, shreiking with joy at the spectacle.
The thunder and lightning storm persisted at a distance, but the sun started to shine beneath the clouds. A rainbow appeared over downtown.
As the sun continued to lower itself under the storm clouds, the most beautiful golden light made the atmosphere absolutely magical.
The event became even more surreal when the sky changed colour, from purple, to orange, to red, all the while white and purple lightning bolts forked out over the mountains, the city, and the suburbs. I never managed to capture the lightning on camera, but I assure you it was divine.
Surreal skies turned apocalyptic red. And it was in the torrential downpour overlooking a now-crimson Burrard Inlet at sunset that we decided it was a perfect time go for a swim!
Foolish, perhaps in retrospect, but it'll definitely be a moment I will never forget.