As I was standing on Marineland Beach in north Florida after photographing some birds, I looked to the east and saw weather gathering on the horizon. As I watched, the cloud seemed slowly to reach a finger down to touch, and then stir, the water.

It was my first waterspout. It lasted no more than five minutes or so. But still, I stared it down intently, as I’ve been caught in a tornado once before and I had no desire for the finger to make its way onto the beach where I was standing. Fortunately, it was transient.

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10 thoughts on “The finger

  1. Cool. I’ve never seen a waterspout and have only seen a tornado once, about as far off as your waterspout.

    I followed your “caught in a tornado” link. That’s one hell of a story.

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