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  • Lava Lake Glow on Low Clouds

  • As the evening deepened and stratus clouds lowered over Kilauea caldera's highly active Halemaumau Crater, the lava lake rose, at times splashing distant gobs of fountain lava above the plane of the visible rim.  That was an uncommon sight, and one we were fortunate to witness.  The distinctive orange glow of the lava shone [...]
  • Between a Mesocyclone and a Tornado

  • The rising dust under this ragged but rapidly rotating wall cloud also was moving around in a closed circulation—just not as visually intensely as the clouds above.   If I had to guess, it was near the margins of the lower EF0 wind threshold of 65-mph three-second gusts, but of course this storm did not have a mobile radar o[...]
  • More Truck-Stop Thunder

  • A needed respite from the road turned into a marvelous electrical show in the sky outside a northern Oklahoma truck stop.  Several magnificent discharges split the rainy sky before the responsible elevated storm raced off to the east-northeast and weakened.  Looking at this alone, one wouldn't guess that feet behind me sat a[...]
  • Double Reflected Convective Pastels

  • A weakening supercell moved over cool outflow from earlier storms, combining with some fall foliage at ground level to dazzle who witnessed the spectacle with a brief but brilliant splash of pastel tones.  The dominant light source for the scene came from a strange direction, too:  northeast (left)!  Sunset light first was r[...]
  • The Green Flash

  • My second attempt at photographing the elusive "green flash" worked, after barely missing one over the Gulf from Florida a couple years before.  This type is known as an inferior-mirage flash, where the sun is below the horizon, but a mirage under a thermal inversion acts as a thin, edge-on prismatic lens to separate the blu[...]
  • Warm Outflow

  • This is the first image in SkyPix specifically titled "outflow" that isn't in the Gallery of Outflow!  The name, both sarcastic and somewhat literally true, instead describes a 2,000-degree oozing inferno that sculpts its own fluid art anew every minute—a flow of rock, not air.  Destruction and renewal run downhill together [...]
  • Moon through Anvil

  • One fine evening in Scotts Bluff National Monument, after presumably its last lightning activity, a weakening supercell floated overhead, its anvil translucent to the waxing moon.  The surrounding landscape of sandstone and ash bluffs took on the blended hue of refracted moonlight from above and town lights of Scottsbluff an[...]
  • Puuhonua o Honaunau Sunset: Deep Zoom

  • A marvelous South Kona sunset paints the Pacific sky beyond Puuhonua o Honaunau National Park.  Deep zooming into a sunset sky rich in cloud diversity and textures can yield a perspective both microscale and macroscale at the same time.  That's because, while pointing to a distance of infinity, the subset sampled is just a s[...]
  • Textured Sky with Asperatus, South Icelandic Coast

  • The wild coastline of Iceland never fails to offer moments of wonder and amazement—just give it a few minutes.  Land, sea and sky all play nicely together here, on an afternoon when most tourists simply saw a solemn sky, and this cloud and sky enthusiast experienced good times.  The sea stacks off Reynisfjara here punctuated a s[...]
  • Twilight Surf: Olympic National Park

  • This twilight, on the edge of the land of "Twilight", brought solace, and not the least bit of fright.  Smoothed ethereally by short time exposure, the surf of Rialto and a shallow, thin fog layer offered a fluidly undular, matte reflection of the slate-blue sky above, as final reds of dusk painted the horizon.  Meanwhile th[...]
  • Blue Lagoon: Land and Sky

  • The soothing turquoise mineral waters of Iceland's Blue Lagoon, set against dark and jagged basalt from a young lava flow, defy visual norms, offering strange contrasts in color and multi-dimensionality across the vista.  In the sky, thin cirrostratus and chunks of altostratus texturize the scene further.  The silica and sul[...]
  • Icelandic Waterfall, by the Drop

  • On a fine morning at Öxarárfoss (Thingvellir National Park), it was tempting and justifiable to do some full-scale waterfall photography.   Still, when one can freeze-frame thousands of drops to compose a more intimate and uncommon perspective on a world-famous cascade, why not? 16 ENE Mosfellsdalur, Iceland (11 Aug 14) L[...]