We had a severe weather alert come in yesterday and after tracking it and discovering it’s path, I grabbed my camera and drove to an area I knew I’d be able to watch it come in. I arrived just as the swell was moving in…it was perfect timing.
I was able to watch as she mustered her strength. The energy in the air was palpable and her lineage distint. Growing up in the Midwest I had seen plenty of storms move in with green hues, and enough energy to make your hair stand at prickly attention. I could see the potential building in this storm cell.
She wanted to drop a funnel and she tried but it never touched the ground, although she still managed to pull a little debris up. I haven’t seen a tornado in years but that possibility still gave me a sense of excitement, like a little kid.
I was grateful for the position I was in because, from my vantage point, I could see the entire front. I’ve always loved watching and understanding storms but after getting into the Fire Service, it became an important component of my job. My love and understanding of weather has only grown over the years.
These 2 images show this storm with its intricate layers, from the front to the rain that’s being escorted in, behind it.
As it moved in on me I turned to capture it moving into the mountains, just beyond me. It looked like a wave crashing to the shore, as she approached the foothills.
Precipitation had already settled into the mountains after a couple earlier cells had moved through.
It was absolutely beautiful to watch the darkness descend on the fading light in the mountains. I felt torn because I was in such a perfect position to capture the storm, as I did, yet part of me couldn’t help but want to be in the mountains as the storm moved in.
The photographs were taken at Kaweah Oaks Preserve, just outside of Exeter, CA.
I used a Nikon D5500 with a Nikkor 18-300mm lense and my Galaxy S5 cell phone.
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