Every once in a while as a photographer you capture an image that stands out, something that encompasses everything you look for in a photograph. It has the look, the emotion, the feeling. Dreamcatcher is one of those photos.
It was captured in June of 2014 on a late season chase to Northern Kansas. I had traveled the majority of the day to the small town of Smith Center, KS located just south of the Nebraska border. It was hot, reaching 102 it the early afternoon and I was leaving the truck running as I sat and waited in a Dollar General parking lot. It wasn't long before storms started to fire off to the southwest, and I immediately went on the hunt. I had misjudged a bit on how far away the base of the storm was as I chose a dirt road to watch it move in. Once I figured out how slowly the storm was moving I dropped further south on the dirt road to try and catch it before it either congealed with other storms or evaporated all together.
Once I reached a good vantage point it was a bit of a mess. There was a decent amount of rain falling and there wasn't a real clear view although I was in the best position to see it. Over the course of about an hour it moved slowly to the east and then it started to organize into this beautifully sculpted thunderstorm that would be one of the more amazing captures of the year.
To me, this photo shows strength and beauty. It displays raw power but exhibits grace. It's truly a beautiful storm.
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