Tags archives: Norman

  • Golden Streaks

  • One of the advantages of night shifts in the office park is seeing quiet sunrises from high atop, when time permits a quick break to zip on up.  Fortunately that was the case here, as two rooftop observers were blessed with this sight:  a streaky plume of convective cirrus, producing a small mammatus belt and trailing virga [...]
  • 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[...]
  • Sunrise Tree: Fall 2017

  • The autumnal southward retreat of the rising sun signals yet another cool season for sunrise opportunities on one of my favorite viewing vantages, with the "Sunrise Tree" framing the left side of the shot.  Here, bases of a honeycomb of interconnected altocumuli snatch the rays and reflect a golden-orange wonder, a texturing[...]
  • 22-degree Halo

  • Light from the sun or moon, bent through hexagonal ice crystals in cirrus clouds, often forms a ring removed at a 22-degree angle from the position of its source.  The coloring looks similar to a primary rainbow, but in reverse, with reds on the inside grading through yellow and green to blue and purple hues on the outside. [...]
  • Crystal Daggers

  • After and despite all the destruction an ice storm can bring, the first clear, cold day that follows can offer opportunities to appreciate the peculiar spectacles in the frozen scenes.   As a gentle breeze swayed limbs in the background, making them sparkle and crackle in rhythmic pulsations of color and noise amplified by t[...]
  • 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[...]
  • 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[...]
  • Wave-Spray Rime on Grass

  • Rime often forms from freezing fog, or spray blown off of bodies of water.  In this case, it was fine spray—flung several yards inland off the tops of waves crashing into Lake Thunderbird's shoreline, in bitter-cold and windy conditions.  The howling norther of the day before calmed down overnight, sunrise revealing a sparkl[...]
  • Snow Fog and Pumpjack at Sunrise

  • What can be more "Okie Winter" in theme than oil-drilling machinery rising through the morning fog, above a field of snow?  At ten inches of accumulation, this was the heaviest storm total around Norman since the multiple "footers" of the late 1980s, sampled in some of the other imagery here, and made a remarkable scene bene[...]
  • Blizzard at My Back

  • Yes, I was out in a full-fledged blizzard with gusts to 60 mph, barely able to stand, bracing with back into wind, shooting away.  It wasn't balmy outside.  Fortunately, I was dressed in more layers than a Vidalia onion, looking much like the Michelin Man, and didn't have to go too far to get into warm shelter. Freezing in r[...]
  • The Sunrise Tree

  • Yet another glorious winter's dawn breaks over a small pond in eastern Norman, one among countless many such bodies of water that dot our state.  The tall tree at left, rooted in the dam of this pond and next to another, frames this among several images shot here over the past few years, mostly after staying up for the dawn [...]