The Pigs In Tutus Didn’t Show Up

Full disclosure: I was not really scheduled to photograph dancing bacon.

This past week however, there were expectations that did not come to fruition. The kind of missed expectations that would even surpass absent ballerina pork!

The notable expectation was a predicted thunderstorm with lots of night lightning.

I love photographing lightning.

Perhaps I should rephrase that. I love getting that perfect lightning shot.

The last time I captured that perfect lightning shot was in 2013. Since then, the past couple dozen times going out, I came up empty handed. Unmet expectations. And it's way worse than being rejected by pigs in tutus!

So earlier this week when I was expecting sunshine, I got this instead:

 

Muskegon South Breakwater Light

Muskegon South Breakwater Light on Lake Michigan

Lake Michigan fog in Muskegon

Lake Michigan fog in Muskegon

When expecting a lightning storm, I got this:

 

A Crack In the Sky in Muskegon

A Crack In the Sky Over Lake Michigan in Muskegon

Lake Michigan Splash

Splash

Wind on Lake Michigan

Wind on Lake Michigan

And when expecting the northern lights, I got this:

 

Muskegon Lake at Night

Muskegon Lake at Night

Muskegon Lake at Night

The Auroras are faintly visible through the city lights over Muskegon Lake

The moral of the story is really quite simple: Be Tenacious! Just maybe, serendipity will be on your side. If not, just maybe an equally compelling story is unfolding. Look for it.

If it ends up being lemons thrown your way, make lemonade! (They go great with Pork Chops!)

 

Hamming it up for the camera

Hamming it up for the camera