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  • Sabinoso Supercell

  • Intercepting a supercell in mid-August in New Mexico—why not?  While wrapping up a southwestern storm, photo and hiking trip, I noticed that a narrow, mesoscale belt of enhanced mid/upper-level northwesterly winds, southwest of a shortwave trough over the central Plains, would pass across this part of the state during the af[...]
  • Don't Fence Me In!

  • This northwest-flow supercell formed just a few miles to my west in the Sangre de Cristo foothills, while I was pumping gas in Springer.  This made the target storm self-evident.  After peeling of the mountains, it churned along a 5-hour southeastward odyssey toward Tucumcari, offering occasionally marvelous looks not normal[...]
  • Sparks over New Mexico Ranch

  • Where the High Plains meet the extinct volcanoes of northeastern New Mexico, an electrified sky crackled its warning of impending danger to outdoor safety, while also offering a welcomed message: notice of soaking rain for a thirsty landscape.  The wind-beaten old cottonwood tree likely owes its lifespan to overflow and leak[...]
  • 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 [...]