Musings Of A Fellow Adventurer…Storm Chase 3

 

Hi, my name is Craig Meyers.  This is my second “Excell”ent storm chasing trip. I’ve been on other adventures with Laurie, notably Bosque del Apache, Alaska, Yellowstone.  For me they truly are adventures.  I’ve been enamored with photography since I was about 10. I’m retired now, so I finally have the time to go places, see things, and make photographs.  For me, photography is the thing that draws me out to special places.  Through the lens, I get to see things that I never would otherwise.  The photographs provide reminders of places I’ve been fortunate enough to visit, and the people who shared it with me.

The storm chase tour leaders are really great.  Each day starts out with a weather briefing to acquaint us with weather conditions and the most likely areas of storm activity, followed by a long ride in the van as we get into position to photograph storms.  Computer displays in the van provide up-to-the-minute weather information.

One of the things that makes storm chasing so great is that you get to see and photograph so many other things along the way.  As small farms have been swallowed up into larger ones, old homesteads have been left behind all over the Great Plains.  This empty house is part of the “town” of Model, Colorado…

 

A roadside rock shop provided this view of antique bottles…

 

Then in Texas we found a huge colorful display of blooming yucca plants.  I still remember carefully avoiding the cactus as I sat down to make this photograph…

 

And then there were the storms.  From lightning in Kansas…

 

to tornados…

 

And none of us will probably ever forget our stunning view of the solar eclipse in Texas…

 

They say a leader is someone you would follow to a place you’d never go by yourself, and I really can’t express enough thanks to Laurie, Brian and Tank, our leaders, for all the expertise, guidance and patience that they provided.  My fellow chasers, Don and JoAnn made this a special treat.