Excellent Photo Adventures…Storm Chase 6

Our final day of chasing and there is a slight chance of thunderstorms in southwest Kansas/northwest Oklahoma so we headed in that direction.  By late afternoon updrafts were starting to form.  We found a wonderful old barn with rows of hay and our first cell to target…

 

After pausing for a bit to see what the storm would do we hit the road in pursuit of our final storms of the week.  I have to say that Brian and Tank gave it their best efforts to get us in position for the best photo opportunities of any storms in the area but, sometimes it’s just not meant to be and today was no exception.  Updraft after updraft soared into the sky only to simply fizz out as if a pin was stuck in them getting all mushy with little to no structure that is needed to make a storm.  We traveled down the highway, mile after mile with no storms materializing…

 

We ended up near Guthrie, TX and gave up on the storms.  Brian had some solar glasses and it was nearly time for the solar eclipse to begin so, we piled out of the van to take a look.  Tank pulled out his camera, attached a Hoya ND400 filter and began making some images.  I took one look and even though his filter was too small for our lenses, asked to borrow it.  We each held it up in front of our lenses and made a few clicks…

 

It was certainly an unexpected treat to be able to photograph the eclipse and we kept taking turns with the filter until the sun dropped lower in the sky and the atmosphere acted as a filter allowing us to photograph the eclipse without the filter in place…

 

The partly cloudy skies and warm colors added a nice element to our eclipse images…

 

All too soon the sun set and as dark descended on us we headed to our last hotel of the week with our hearts and hard drives filled with memorable images.  Thanks to Brian and Tank for making it such a successful storm chase and to my fellow adventurers for their enthusiasm and commraderie.  Time to head home and begin preparations for my next adventure photographing coastal brown bears in Alaska.  Stay tuned.

Images created with Nikon D800, AF-S 24-124mm f4 VR, AF-S 28-300mm 3.5-5.6 VR and Af-S 70-200mm 2.8 VR II with TC20E II (in order)