Thursday, August 5, 2010

Funnel Cake

Last night I did a little storm chasing west of town. I got out there before sunset, but much of the storm had moved far enough east that the nearly constant lightning was concealed within the roiling clouds. It was a very dynamic system that eventually joined with a few other cells, and once it got darker, the lightning bolts were there for the prepared photographer's taking.

Then I got a little extra treat. A funnel cloud dropped out of the sky not too far from me, yet far enough away that I really didn't worry about it coming my way. Plus, the storm was still pushing away from me, so I figured even if it touched down and graduated to tornado status, it wouldn't threaten my location. It never touched down, and dissipated shortly after it formed, but not before I got one shot off. This is a 1-minute exposure, and the orange glow in the clouds is from the city lights of nearby Pueblo.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

My New Logo?

Last night I was up at timberline on Mount Emmons (near Crested Butte) with my friends Ed & Faith Cooley from Arkansas. We were lucky enough to witness one of the most beautiful sunsets I've seen in years. This humongous cloud towering over Emmons' northeast shoulder turned just about every color a cloud could be. It...was...AMAZING!

So I figure, since my e-friends on the Rocky Mountain Nature Photographers forum refer to me as Cloudman, due to my propensity for shooting all sorts of interesting cloud pictures, maybe I need to incorporate this one into a new logo.

Ah, maybe not. Enjoy!