Special Sunset

I posted this to facebook and Flickr first.  My apologies.

Here’s a HDR panorama that I took last night.  The clouds were spectacular and I went on a small walkabout as the sun was setting.  When I got out of the housing and away from the trees, I could see the full glory of what I could only glimpse a part.  Six frames (three shots each) processed and then stitched.  This is a 1/3 scale of the final image:

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Clear Sky Storms

The clear blue sky was interrupted by spectacular formations that were both large and high.

Then sunset began.  Here is a large and threatening formation that thankfully remained south of our home.  The bubbles in the upper left might be indications of hail.


April Storm and a Curious Robin

Thrilling storms rolled across Kansas yesterday.  I’m sad to know that those storms built in intensity and eventually brought death and destruction further East.

Nevertheless, when the worst had passed (in Kansas), the sunset broke through.  I check to see if there was in fact a rainbow, and when I saw the full-sky rainbow, I grabbed my D300 and put the circular polarizing filter on it.  This is the first time I’ve shot a rainbow with the filter.  You might agree that this technique works well for rainbows!

A little later, I mounted the 300mm (450mm effective) and perched on my front porch.  In a little while, this robin perched on our tree about ten feet from my lens.  On about the 10th photo, he heard the shutter, and kept looking at me like he was trying to figure out exactly what I was.



Kansas Weather at its Best

Friday night lights!

A warm, dense mass of air came up from the Gulf of Mexico. A formidable winter storm (named Atlas) was moving eastward.

The two natural forces collided over Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. The result: several tornadoes, hail, as well as massive amounts of rain and snow.

We received a spectacular lightning storm–and enough rain to cause small streams and small rivers in residential areas. Thankfully, the severe weather missed us.

Here are a few shots that I captured last night. Enjoy, and thank you again for following!



Above:  Most of the lightning was above the cloud ceiling–this strike made it below the clouds.


Above:  Lightning illuminates the angry sky.  Those clouds look very stretchy–like cotton candy!



Above:  More lightning-lit clouds.


Above:  It starts above, weaves through the clouds, and then peaks out below.


Above:  It was pitch black.  The wind-driven rain began pelting me and my camera.  Then lightning struck.

Pouring, Dashing Hopes of Capturing the Budding Supermoon

That’s a long title for this post!

It’s raining in Virginia.  In fact, it’s been pouring at times so hard that it makes it tough to see across the street.  Now that the sun’s gone down, I’d hoped for a break in the clouds that might make it possible to see the budding Supermoon.  Alas, no such luck.  It’s still raining.

Nevertheless, I took out the camera and tried to capture something different.  Something new.



Dare You. . .

I dare you.  I double-dog dare you to try this.

Was I alone?  It didn’t feel like it.  Was it dark?  Yes–and it was getting impossibly darker.

What time was it?  I didn’t check my watch.  But I did have to make it back to the hidden cemetery for one more photo shoot.  This time, I wanted to try something different.  Please let me know what you think.

This place has fascinated me for the past year.  And as unique as it is–and as much as I want to go there to get these photographs, I hate coming back to my apartment.  It feels like each time I go (and return), I bring back a little more of this place.



Alone II

Textured Cross

Eternal Neighbors

Eternal Neighbors, Black and White

Pushing Up into the Blood Sky

Unnoticed Storm

Double Buried, or Pulling Down the Cross



Sinking, Black and White

Early Spring Virginia Storm

Late Friday afternoon, Central Virginia saw some pretty special weather.  We had a rolling tornado watch–ending first at 5pm, then 6:30pm, then 8pm, and then 9pm (if I remember correctly).  Before the bad weather approached, I went out with my camera to capture some of the mean-looking clouds.  They looked very angry, indeed.  I saw a swirl of fast-moving white clouds that hung down beneath the cloud ceiling, and though I was about to see a tornado form–but nothing materialized.  Soon, though, I heard it.  And then the Texas-sized raindrops began falling.  I ran for cover and caught the rest of the storm from indoors.

We had three fantastic waves roll though.  Each produced its own cloud wall, and its own direction of rainfall.  It was an exciting evening–I hope these photos show how exciting it was.



Above:  The rain was so hard that it obscured the large pine tree only about 50 yards away.


Above:  A cloud wall from the second wave moving away (East).


Above:  A cloud wall from the third wave approaching.


Above:  Stretchy clouds.