Author archives: Roger Edwards

  • Nevada Forks

  • An evening desert storm, riding the last ribbons of a shrinking band of monsoonal easterlies, flings forked jabs of deadly electricity over the skies of extreme southeastern Nevada.  I had been hoping for more action in central and southern Arizona—the prototypical monsoon-storm hotbed.  Instead, an expanding swath of low/mi[...]
  • Desert Reflectives

  • On this two-week trip I went on several exhaustingly high and/or long hikes far from roads, yet one of my favorite scenes arose utterly unplanned and unanticipated, within a stone's throw of a highway, and a short stroll down a dirt path.  The lesson:  be open to wonderment and marvelous experiences, regardless of "ease" of [...]
  • Total Solar Eclipse 2017

  • At age six, looking at a map of future solar totalities in the World Book Encyclopedia, I had the High Plains part of the path in the crosshairs.  Elke and I each have been waiting our whole lives for this, decades since childhood, so it's fitting that we did it together.  After a lifetime, we finally witnessed one of the mo[...]
  • Eyjafjallajökull: Landscape, Waterscape, Icescape

  • Eyjafjallajökull—nearly unpronounceable but palpably dangerous—offered stark and wondrous beauty just four years after its infamous eruption, peacefully capped in glaciers and draining waterfalls across its rolling green skirt, as if no such geologic tantrum had been thrown.  Still, one can see evidence of the pyroclastic pa[...]
  • 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[...]