Musings Of A Fellow Adventurer…Storm Chase 2

 

Hi, my name is JoAnn Swenson.  I have been storm chasing with Laurie for three years.  Storm chasing has become a passion for me because chasing is a pursuit of more than just storms or seeing the elusive tornado. However, I admit that beating the odds and being in the right place at the right time to capture the perfect photo of a monstrous storm is exhilarating.  This year we only had a 2% chance of seeing a tornado and to our surprise we witnessed three tornados on day five of our trip.

Throughout our hunt we also experienced the other side of storm chasing and photographed aesthetic beauty across the plains.  I have learned to appreciate the scenery along the way.  There is beauty and excitement everywhere and plenty to photograph!

It is impossible to imagine all the stunning colors in the sky until you spend time out on the plains photographing sunsets…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300 mm f 3.5-5.6 VR 400 ISO f 9.5 @ 1/180

 

When we stopped in Colorado to photograph beautiful clouds, we discovered the hills were full of wild flowers and several of the Prickly Pear Cactus were in full bloom…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300 mm f 3.5-5.6 VR 280 ISO f 8 @ 1/750

 

Daytime lightning is my favorite. Our leaders, Brian & Tank made sure we saw plenty…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300 mm f 3.5-5.6 VR 200 ISO f 13 @ 1/15

 

After watching a storm, we were heading for the van and noticed a rabbit attacking a Bull Snake.  We were so stunned. I didn’t get a shot of the fight, but got the snake retreating up the tree…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300 mm f 3.5-5.6 VR 1600 ISO f 8 @ 1/90

 

We finished shooting the tornados and I noticed the wheat fields glowing against the dark blue sky.   This was another confirmation that there was more to photograph beyond tornados…

Nikon D4, AF-S 28-300 mm f 3.5-5.6 VR 800 ISO f 5.6 @ 1/45