Author archives: Roger Edwards

  • Reflective Winter Sunrise

  • Reflective scenes in nature often trigger reflection within; this was no exception. A rare wintertime juxtaposition of calm wind and mild temperatures backdropped the more common sight (for these parts) of a glorious sunrise, together offering a transcendent experience of serenity and gratitude to the ultimate Creator of the[...]
  • Twilight Smoke, Atlantic Beach

  • Burnscape at a beach? You bet.  One of the last things a North Carolina coastal visitor expects to see is a thick pall of smoke in the sky, but there it was, silhouetted sharply by the fading twilight. Much of the state had been in a drought, creating conditions ideal for wildfires in a normally moist part of the country. Du[...]
  • Strike from a Wall Cloud

  • A new mesocyclone developed on the front flank of a fast-moving, mean, nasty, heavy-precipitation supercell, then raced past us to the NW and N. For a short while, the rotating but ragged wall cloud area wasn't wrapped completely in rain yet, and this brilliant CG split the fading daylight. My satisfaction with seeing this--[...]
  • Sunset Coating

  • Soft pastel hues of icy, cold low clouds made a fine wintertime sunset scene, as backdrop to a comb of icicles dangling from a tree branch.   Notice the inversion of the clouds' color ordering in the thickest part of the ice layer.  The ice acted like a lens, refracting its distorted extension of the image upside-down, in a [...]
  • Storm and Steam

  • Old Faithful is one of the most commonly viewed, known and photographed geological features in the world--but not with a storm in the background!  The geyser offered an eruption right as a formerly severe line of storms moved past the attraction to our north, its outflow clouds turbulent and dark, but its cold winds still a [...]
  • Layers of Orange and Gold

  • Using a long zoom lens, late in the sunset cycle and close to the horizon, can bring in the very richest of reds and yellows when color overhead has passed its peak.  There's neither a need nor desire to mess with image saturation when the composition and timing make it happen for real.  That's exactly how it worked to frame[...]
  • Menacing Mesocyclone

  • Rapid motions around a menacing wall cloud, with a pronounced lowering in the middle, compel the observer to pay very close attention.  Though the lower cloud was turning, with rain curtains orbiting it, no dust or debris appeared beneath it at at this time.  If the circulation was tornadic, it was only very weakly so.  Mean[...]
  • Rear-Flank Gust Front

  • As so often happens, a late May afternoon on the Great Plains brought a colorful and dynamic sky of clouds and storms. A somewhat high-based supercell cruised past us to the north, painting this resplendent sky scene. The mesocyclone, which was located behind the lower right part of the curving shelf cloud, didn't look too d[...]
Speed Limit: 45
  • Speed Limit: 45

  • Does this also apply to boats? Is the speed limit faster here since it is a lake instead of a tree-lined river? Beings from another world may ask such questions upon witnessing this sight, created as Lake Texoma overran a designated spillway plain that also contains a normally busy road. 5 NNW Denison TX (8 Jul 7) Lookin[...]
  • Red Bird in a Redbud

  • This woebegone, fluffed and snowflake-flecked little cardinal stood out brilliantly against the backdrop of wintertime shades of gray. The branches of its perch of choice -- a redbud, the Oklahoma state tree -- hung encased in broken nodules of ice. Norman, OK (29 Jan 10) Looking SW
  • Tall Wall beyond the Wheat

  • This High Plains beauty didn't last very long, but made a couple of spellbound storm observers pay very close attention for several minutes. Although the parent supercell was outflow-dominant, the resulting rush of cold air from the precip at left held back just enough, in the face of strong inflow winds, to allow a tight, d[...]
  • Unintended Archway

  • Ice-laden young trees behind the University of Oklahoma's Cate Center buckled under their burden of ice, and over a sidewalk.   Fortunately, given their small size and flexibility, these trees lost few substantial limbs and could be retrained back into the vertical, once relieved of the load by melting. Norman, OK (21 Dec[...]