Woman Discovers a Literal “Eye of the Storm” Looking Into Her Window

Eye of the Storm by Sarah Hodges

When Sarah Hodges looked out her window on the night of February 11, she saw a spectacular sight. Storm Ciara, a period marked by strong winds and torrential rain, had offered a moment of reprieve around 9:30 PM that night. During this time of peace, a cloud formation moved away from a full moon and a pale blue iris watched over the landscape. It was a literal “eye of the storm” staring back at Hodges.

Hodges was in the right place at the right time to snap the photos. She is a baker by profession and not a photographer; she captured all of the images on her Samsung S9 phone. Hodges realizes how fortunate she was to have done so. “I know I got lucky, people spend thousands on cameras to get the perfect shot,” she says. “I feel overwhelmed and proud, as it’s a once in a lifetime shot… which I do understand.”

Hodges shared the images on Facebook where they went viral and have nearly 20,000 shares and counting. People across the world are marveling at the surreal sight and sharing their own interpretations of it. Hodges welcomes it. “I’ve had comments from all over the world,” she wrote in a comment thread. “It's amazing!”

Sarah Hodges captured this literal “eye of the storm” in a calm moment after Storm Ciara.

Eye of the Storm by Sarah Hodges

Eye of the Storm by Sarah Hodges

Eye of the Storm by Sarah Hodges

Sarah Hodges: Facebook

My Modern Met granted permission to feature photos by Sarah Hodges. 

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Sara Barnes

Sara Barnes is a Staff Editor at My Modern Met, Manager of My Modern Met Store, and co-host of the My Modern Met Top Artist Podcast. As an illustrator and writer living in Seattle, she chronicles illustration, embroidery, and beyond through her blog Brown Paper Bag and Instagram @brwnpaperbag. She wrote a book about embroidery artist Sarah K. Benning titled 'Embroidered Life' that was published by Chronicle Books in 2019. Sara is a graduate of the Maryland Institute College of Art. She earned her BFA in Illustration in 2008 and MFA in Illustration Practice in 2013.
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