Last Friday I went to my first-ever drive-in movie, at the Velskoen Cinema in Randburg. I’m glad I went when I did — Velskoen is Jozi’s last remaining drive-in and it’s closing down in June. The land was sold to a property developer. Sniff.

I won’t write a long post about the evening because my friend Martina in Jozi already did. (I play a starring role in her post.) But I do want to blog about a photo I took while there.

Lighting strikes as cars pull into the drive-in. See the smaller bolt on the far left?

It’s been a spectacular summer for Jozi storms, but Friday night was the best lightning show I’ve seen since moving here. Lightning struck every few seconds for over an hour, 360 degrees around. Luckily, since it was nighttime and I had planned to take photos at the drive-in, I had my tripod set up and ready for action.

Unluckily, it began to pour five minutes after the movie started. Watching a drive-in movie in the rain is not ideal. The movie that was playing, The Chronicle, was especially difficult to watch in poor visibility conditions.

I don’t think we missed much. The crash of lightning behind the big screen was the best part of the show.

Read another nice post about the drive-in by Shahil at Finding Jozi.

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