An Inconvenient Storm

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© Lanis Rossi
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In my younger days I was mesmerized by photos in text books of Mont Saint Michel, a gothic-style Benedictine abbey, built between the 11th and 16th centuries, dedicated to the archangel St Michael, a Wonder of the Western World, built on a rocky tidal island, in Normandy, France.

A short time ago following my retirement I planned a trip to France and of course on the top of my list after visiting the Normandy beaches, was a pilgrimage to Mont Saint Michel as others have done since 708 A.D.

By rental car with impatient fervor I made the trek from the D-Day Beaches. Finally from over ten miles away I could see the famous silhouette of the abbey rising to heaven before me.

I nervously approached the parking area which stood across the road from the Abbey. I jumped out of my car, camera in hand to take my first excited photos. But before the first snap, suddenly from what seemed like from out of no where appeared one of the worst thunder storms of my life. I jumped back into the car and sat camera in hand for what seemed like ages as the wind and rain rocked the car back and forth.

Finally it stopped and I ran like a little kid down the long causeway leading to the island and Mt Saint Michel. I was approximately 30 yards from the entrance gate when another storm broke out. I made a mad dash to the gate but with just a few more yards to go a torrential cold rain suddenly pelted down like bullets in a scene from Saving Private Ryan.

So to make a long story short my visit that I thought about in my dreams for many years and hoped to take wondrous photos of turned out to be a stormy day in Normandy.

Still one of the neatest places I have ever visited. I would love to go back some day and see it with blue skies, birds singing and a bright sun shinny day.

41 responses

  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Magnificent Lanis.....!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    The stormclouds and obvious remnants of a storm add to the drama and beauty of this magnificent place. Fabulous capture, Lanis!

  • Gus Koernig

    Gus Koernig said (13 Jun 2011):

    I agree with Judy and Wayne. The clouds add a feeling of power that might be missing from the abbey under sunny skies.

  • Sue Bowne

    Sue Bowne gave props (13 Jun 2011):


  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (13 Jun 2011):

    Wow! This is brilliant and I think the storm really enhanced the beauty of the abbey.

  • Lisa Toleno

    Lisa Toleno (Deleted) gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    fabulous shot!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (14 Jun 2011):

    Brilliant light. (Is Mere Poulard still there for omelettes?)

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    This is such a wonderful place to see and you have really done it justice, your shot is beautiful and dramatic.. a winning entry for me..

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    I think the stormy skies are perfect!! The light is incredible and you have a shot that a million other people do not have.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Excellent entry and narrative, Lanis!

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Wonderful image and excellent narrative!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    amazing photo. this is gorgeous WITH the stormclouds!

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Fantastic Capture - great entry

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (14 Jun 2011):

    Sensational shot, Lannie.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Stormin' JPG's Theme Park!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful entry, lovely photo for sure!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    It may not have been the 'perfect Kodak moment', but it certainly is a sensational capture! The light is absolutely gorgeous!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    WOW! This is a real stunner Lanis, it is beyound words - just amazing!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker gave props (15 Jun 2011):

    this is very beautiful. I can see why you feel about it the way you do.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (16 Jun 2011):

    Excellent and beautiful entry Lanis

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    Beautiful composition and tones! I like this place.

  • mirwan maulana

    mirwan maulana gave props (17 Jun 2011):

    man I really need go to that place's

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (18 Jun 2011):

    Takes my breath away. Outstanding entry.

  • Joana D'Assumpcao

    Joana D'Assumpcao said (21 Jun 2011):

    wau... good photo! ^_^

  • Ron LaFond

    Ron LaFond gave props (21 Jun 2011):

    That sky makes an amazing backdrop for this magical place. Beautiful image, Lanis

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (24 Jun 2011):

    beautiful, especially in lightbox -- a place i would also like to see

  • Mary Ann Reilly

    Mary Ann Reilly gave props (25 Jun 2011):

    wonderful image and setting.

  • Rajeev Jadhav

    Rajeev Jadhav gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    Great and creative shot !!!!

  • Esther K

    Esther K gave props (29 Jun 2011):

    The stormy skies added drama to this image - and it's a brilliant image!

  • Steve Baker

    Steve Baker (Deleted) gave props (30 Jun 2011):


  • Mykola Swarnyk

    Mykola Swarnyk gave props (6 Jul 2011):

    Incredible, especially with those clouds!

  • Zapata Juan P

    Zapata Juan P gave props (7 Jul 2011):

    wow this is fantastic !

  • Mary Brown

    Mary Brown gave props (10 Jul 2011):

    You've captured one of the best "storm cloud" photos I've ever seen!! So dramatic. Excellent narrative also.

  • Ricardo W

    Ricardo W gave props (11 Jul 2011):


  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (13 Jul 2011):

    Fantastic shot!!!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt gave props (13 Jul 2011):


  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia   said (19 Jul 2011):

    Perfect!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! love this... I can see why you were fascinated.............

  • William Garvey

    William Garvey gave props (30 Jul 2011):

    I love the photo and the story.

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (2 Aug 2011):

    How did I miss this amazing image - wow - love!

  • Melissa Valencia

    Melissa Valencia gave props (10 Aug 2011):

    The shot is fantastic. The story was exciting! Love this shot!!!

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (24 Sep 2011):

    well worth waiting for. Great shot

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