Yesterday evening I drove to the small lakeside community of Pahokee that is located in western Palm Beach County to hopefully capture some nice sunset pictures over the lake.
The Lone Coconut Palm
I found myself stopping at the local fishing marina for Lake Okeechobee to scout some shooting spots. This marina was banged up pretty bad by Hurricane Wilma back in 2005 destroying most of the marina. Today it has been rebuilt into a really nice park and marina, and I come here sometimes during the summer months to film lightning storms moving in off the lake.
After scouting around for a bit, I found this lone coconut palm tree that I knew I wanted to frame up with the setting sun. Before the hurricane there use to be more older and taller coconut palms in this region around the southeast side of the lake, but Wilma took care of that when those intense category 2 winds in the backside of the eye moved right over this location.
Throw Some Distant Storms Into The Mix
At the time I was searching and finding my place on the levee to frame up my shots, I wasn't aware of the ongoing isolated thunderstorms along the FL west coast. Sure enough after firing up Radarscope on my iPhone I could see storms on the west coast boundary and was hoping it would add to the sunset. As the sun got lower in the sky I could start to make out the storm anvil clouds along with several contrails vividly lit by the sun.
I was all ready for the show, and began to shoot stills and video off and on for the next 20-25 minutes as the sun quickly lowered in the western sky. It was really an amazing sunset, with distant convection for March and felt more like late April weather with the light easterly breeze and warm evening temperatures. Not to mention the blood-sucking mosquitoes that quickly began their assault on me as soon as the sun fell below the cloud line. I was pleased that I made the decision to head out to the Glades for an evening sunset photo ops, and it was all worth the drive out there.