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  • Weathering Port Gamble

    We have a guest contributor for our Port Gamble blog. Susan Winkler shared this excerpt from an email she wrote to friends in the Southwest.

    Today Gary and I took the ferry across Puget Sound to the Olympic Peninsula to the town of Port Gamble where I joined with the Plein Air Washington Artists. This is the same very intrepid group that I painted with in Twisp a few weeks ago, where they painted in their raingear in pouring rain. Today we arrived in Port Gamble during a big electric storm with lots of lightning and big downpours, so we just sort of traipsed around and I didn’t set up my easel anywhere. I had just about given up painting for the day, so we found a cute restaurant for lunch. While we were eating, lightning struck less than a block from us. I actually saw it hit down near the water near an old dock, which temporarily shut off the electricity in the town. After we finished lunch and the storms had passed by, we went down to the spot where the lightning strike hit, and there were all the painters!! They had painted right through the storm and continued to paint even though the lightning bolt hit about 100 yards away! One lady had ensconced herself completely inside the back end of her car, and had set the easel on the bumper! I stayed and painted all afternoon, but the storms had mostly stopped. I'm too timid to be in that kind of lightning!

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