Author archives: Roger Edwards

  • Big Spray

  • Scampering up a steep, slick trail, then over to a notch in the high cliffs, yielded a view of the beautiful, majestic Skógafoss that seldom appears in tourist shots:  framed by plants and moss-covered crags.  One of Iceland's largest waterfalls at roughly 200 (tall) by 50 feet (wide), this pounding pile of water is notoriou[...]
  • Wellington Wanderer

  • Despite bouts of furious rotation, the mesocyclone of the spectacular Wellington supercell only could condense brief funnels and a couple of small but unmistakable tornadoes during its journey across the eastern Panhandle.  This little but lively tornado, seen here from several miles away with aid of a 400-mm zoom lens, buzz[...]
  • Icelandic Cascade Close-up

  • Some scenes becomes so mesmerizing, melodious to multiple senses, that shooting a photo becomes an afterthought amidst the appreciative immersion.  Fortunately, this portion of a famous western Icelandic waterfall wasn't going anywhere, and a thought to compose the scene eventually sprouted from the intoxicating fog of wonde[...]
  • Brakin under Altocumuli

  • Thousands of miles away and three years before, I had photographed a similar altocumulus mix over the Olympic Peninsula of Washington.  Proving that the physics of the atmosphere don't care about national borders, a fine blend of translucidus, floccus, and castellanus formed in the sky over this monument at Borgarnes, Icelan[...]
  • Artesia Supercell

  • This supercell formed north of the Capitan Mountains (northwest of Roswell), producing a brief tornado near El Capitan Peak that dense precipitation hid from our view, before diving southeastward for a few hours through the vast oil-patch scrublands between there, Artesia and east of Carlsbad.  All along the way, it offered [...]
Hvita Meltwater Torrent
  • Hvita Meltwater Torrent

  • Every spring and summer, the Hvita River swells high and mighty with snowmelt and silty glacial effluent, tumbling through a short canyon in southwestern Iceland in a series of cascades known as Gullfoss.  The better-known, higher dropoffs reside just below the cataracts here, yet I also found these interesting and photogeni[...]
  • Lenticular Day at an Icelandic Church

  • On an uncommonly clear day, the hillside Vik i Myrdal Church, serving the Icelandic seaside village of Vik, can be seen for many miles.  Here a laminar, lenticular wave cloud, formed by flow over interior mountains, acts as a backdrop in the deeply azure sky of the subpolar North Atlantic.  Well-known for its scenic setting [...]
  • Cotton Candy Sky

  • Sometimes a sunset looks so delicious that one wants to reach into the sky, grab it and eat!  Cirrus clouds spread themselves in candy filaments through a deepening twilight blue, cast in that memorable hue for just a fleeting moment, yet long enough to evoke a sudden craving for a childhood carnival treat. Norman OK (9 N[...]
  • Thunderbird Frozen

  • Strange ice forms like this come about only through uncanny event sequences:  a brutally sharp cold blast flinging lake water against the shoreline with its logs already stained red by iron-rich mud, wave after wave splashed over until even the runs and drips solidified in single-digit to subzero temperatures.  Then as the w[...]
  • After the Corner Flow

  • In meteorology, "corner flow" usually refers to the area of upturning of inward-spiraling flow in an intense vortex (such as a tornado).  Here I make a bad pun of it, since this actually was the result of nontornadic, downburst flow at a (street) corner!   The lush thickness of green grass belies the very severe winds that b[...]
  • Looky Thar Pardner, A Storm over Yonder!

  • The backdrop of a supercell, with ragged wall cloud and wild, banded cloud formations overhead, offers a unique interpretation of two-dimensional art on the High Plains of eastern New Mexico.  This is one of two cutout-mural cowboys at the hilltop location astride US-285, each signed and designed by artist John Cerney. 9 [...]
  • Radial Rise

  • This was one of the most visually peculiar and symbolically striking sunrise formations I've ever witnessed, but the physical explanation is easy.  Nearly evenly spaced cirrus bands, aligned south to north across the southern sky, actually were parallel to each other.  As with slats in a set of vertical blinds, but more tran[...]