The Texas plains can be a tough place. It's brutally hot in the summertime, it can be bone chilling cold in the winter. The storms are as severe as it gets in the spring and that's if you're not in the middle of a drought. This photograph kind of captures that essence. It just looks like it's in the middle of a tough place, all weathered and worn. But I'm sure if the walls could talk it would tell stories of pride, liveliness, perseverance and heartbreak. I can only imagine the last days this place was occupied as a home and someone loading up the old truck outside to start life over again somewhere else and shutting the doors for the final time.
Jewel of the Plains is a shot from a storm near Wheeler, Texas and I captured it as it was approaching my position. The hail core had such an incredible teal hue to it, and although it's common to get a teal coloring from a storm this one was more colorful than average. The coloring is from hail stones forming as they rise up within the updraft of the storm, then becoming too heavy so they fall. The sunlight reflects off of the hail and voila!
Every once in a while when you're out on the road you get a scene that transcends words. This photograph was taken on a day where multiple tornadoes touched down near the towns of Rozel and Sanford, Kansas and is a special day in storm chasing lore. Captured just moments before a tornado spawned, the storm was rotating and it had an incredible teal hue mixed in with brilliant orange so I pulled over and snapped this photo. It was one of the best days I've had as a storm chaser and one of the best sunsets I've ever had the pleasure to witness.
While chasing storms in the Childress, Texas area there was a tornado warning on this particular storm which was showing signs that it could put a tornado down at any time, hence the warning. I snapped this shot at its lowest point just north of town, and maybe it's just me but I see a face with a pointy nose in the clouds. I always say each storm is unique and has its own personality and I guess sometimes it has an identity as well. All I know is not only was the storm looking scary, but it had a scary look to go with it.
One of my favorite parts of being out on the chase is the time after storms have moved through. The smell of rain fills the air and there's a peacefulness in the air after being so turbulent just moments before. In this scene from the Texas plains, mammatus clouds fill the sky over a freshly cut wheat field with golden light casting its glow on everything. This scene reminds me a lot of the African Serengeti, not that I've ever been there but it's how I see it in my mind's eye...maybe because of the trees on the horizon, not sure. Anyways, it's awesome scenery deep in the heart of Texas.
Cotton Candy is one of those scenes that take you away to a place where you want to be. Although captured during a severe storm, the scenery is anything but severe. I was chasing thunderstorms through central Kansas and I couldn't help but notice the contrast between the golden wheat and the sky and it was something I just had to capture. It has become one of my most moving pieces, the simplicity and warmth and at some level deep within I think it reminds people of a safe place and maybe a touch of home.
Kansas is full of old abandoned places, especially in the western half of the state. This photograph was taken just southwest of Dodge City and I found the light and the tree that grew up beside this crumbling building quite charming.
Destin, Florida is one of those places that you visit and never forget. While I was on a dolphin cruise (chasing dolphins instead of tornadoes!) I captured this shot of Destin Bridge just as the sun was getting ready to set, and you can see the travelers heading back north from a fun and long day on the beach.
Let's be honest. When someone thinks of interior decoration the last thing they think about is storm clouds. I get this question a lot: "How does your photography fit into my theme?" And it's a valid question. Take a look around most places at their decor and you probably see some cityscapes, maybe an abstract painting or if it is a photo most likely it's of some local landmark, mountain or beach scenery. Most likely it could be there to match the colors in a room, or could be there to just cover bare walls without any intrinsic value.
That's where alternative decoration in the form of storm or weather photography and landscapes steps in. See, my art is designed to move people who view it. And "moving" people can have a hundred different meanings. Some photos bring power and excitement, some are calming and relaxing. I've had a few people purchase prints and hang them by the front door so on their way out or in they see the photos and it infuses them with a bit of calm and soothing before dealing with the stress of daily life at work, or helps them feel more relaxed after a long day at the office.
On the flip side, some of my photos are full of energy and unique scenes and are great conversation pieces when guests are over. Who wouldn't walk into a room and notice the incredible colors popping out from the wall? Imagine how you'll feel once you were asked where the photo was taken and asked to speak to it a bit. It's art with a purpose.
Back to that question of "How does your photography fit in to my theme?" The great thing about my subjects and the photographs I produce is that they fit well with just about any theme. Of course, if you're into country style, rustic or any western theme it's a natural fit for any of those. There are photos that I've produced that would fit right in with modern styles or even shabby chic. Mostly though it's about attitude. If you are designing for someone and want to bring a bit of edge or pop to their rooms or office buildings my photography is the perfect choice. If you are looking to go a bit more earthy, what better choice than to go with nature in its purest form. If you are looking to minimalize and need to find something subdued, you got it right here. It works for homes, apartments, dorms, businesses, professional offices....you name it.
So it is alternative interior decoration at its best. The great thing about not being a go to style is that it is unique and rare, something you have or can provide to a client that isn't like anything else around. It's an investment in emotion, style and personal flair.
I'm back at it again. After doing pretty good in The Weather Channel's "It's Amazing Out There" photo contest it's time for my 2016 photo of the year to be submitted and voted upon. Last year I went with "Jewel of the Plains" and it performed well and stayed in the top 20 in votes but never could climb into the upper tier. This year I'm submitting "Invasion", a photo I took just north of Yukon, Oklahoma of a low precipitation supercell backlit by the sun.
So, if you stop by and read my blog or are just browsing through give a click and simply press the vote button once the window opens. I thank you for your votes and we'll see how well we can do getting this one to the top!
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