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on May 30, 2008 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

Oh Heavenly Bodies

We had no “super cell” tornadic activity today but that’s OK by me. We were richly rewarded. We were in KS for the day working the tail end charlies of the storm track arcing into MO. We didn’t suffer one bit! What you see here is what we saw. The color was that amazing. The clouds tried and tried to break the cap to form a proper super cell but they couldn’t make it. As the sun went down other energies came in and what you see is the result. This was simply beyond description! We ended up our day and our storm chasing with a lightning storm that blew away any 4th July show. The lightning was still going when we left 40mins later. What you can’t see in this small image are the blurs from the fireflies trying their best to flash fill the foreground. One helluva a week and a whole new appreciation for those heavenly bodies! Photos captured by D3, 14-24AFS on Lexar UDMA digital...

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on May 29, 2008 in Just Out!

Position, Position, Position

It’s all about position, this storm chasing thing. I’m writing right now two blocks away from six homes that were destroyed by a tornado that went through Belleville, KS. My heart goes out to all these folks, some are reported still trapped in their homes. You have my prayers! Until you’ve gone through a tornado at night, you just can’t imagine the terror! We had the luxury of amazing guides with incredible tools to keep us out of harms way. These folks weren’t as fortunate! (05.30 update, no one reported injured) Yeah, that’s a GIANT freakin wall cloud and there is a tornado here, and we’re there to witness it! In the lower photo, you can see the dust blum starting (left side), that’s the base of the tornado. Moments after this photo was taken, we were in the vehicles and heading east to get back in front of the super cell. This tornado not to long after this photo was taken went through Kearney, NE. We drove 500...

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on May 28, 2008 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

A Positioning Day

This was a day where we had to make the choice of either loosing 1 or 2 days of possible tornadoes. Rather then heading to NM and loose two days of activity, the wise choice was made to drive 460 miles to NE so we can chase thur/fri. Along the way of our travels today, we made a number of stops to learn a little and stretch a little. This is Monument Rocks, KS and is the first National Natural Landmark so designated by the US Dept of the Interior. It’s in the middle of nowhere KS and is on private land (the land owners are kind enough to just let folks in). Also known as the Chalk Pyramids, they are pretty way cool and I’m very glad we were taken to them! Now you might be wondering why there is a B&W and color version of each image. As you can see it was an overcast afternoon so I shot thinking B&W, composing for B&W and was going...

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on May 27, 2008 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

The Chase Continues

We started the day knowing the likelyhood of seeing a tube being real slim. No matter, we headed southwest a couple hundred miles to the best bet in the SW corner of OK. Along the way, we stop to look at the majesty of the towers as they form. So needless to say, with so much road time, I take to shooting drive-by style. The biggest challenge here is eliminating the reflections on the inside of the window. Oh yeah, and keeping the horizon plum. What’s really cool is the leaders of our tour are not just tornado chasers, but severe weather photographers. Brian who is our driver/guide is great and when it comes to getting us in place to make the image, he works his butt off for us. He makes me look good. Thanks Brian! Photos captured by D3, 14-24AFS/24-70AFS on Lexar UDMA...

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on May 26, 2008 in Great Stuff, Landscape Photography

Severe Weather Galore!

This was a more typical day of storm chasing with the super cells forming later in the day. That gave us the opportunity to see more of the KS countryside up close. We lunched in the small town of Offerle and this great little taco place. Its water tower was way cool and was the first to see the inflow of moisture, the clouds in the background, of the forming super cell we were to chase. Spring wheat is pretty much what we saw lots of today. In the background is the first super cell of the day releasing a little of its energy in the form of rain and then later hail and lightning that sent us on our way trying to get in front of the moving dry line. This photo was taken from the window of the van as we sped down the road. Just minutes earlier three tornadoes briefly touched down outside the town of Pratt. Just moments before that, we passed tornado damage from...

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