May 7th, 2014 featured a tornado warned storm near the small town of Henrietta, TX featuring a beautiful mesocyclone twisting above the flat Texas plains. Together with my chase partner Eddie O' Neal, we had initially set up in southern Oklahoma just to watch the developing storms quickly speed by. Further to the south, a larger cell had formed and this one was creeping in relation to the others around it. We decided to zip down about 60 miles and once we got across the Red River we came into view of this beautiful beast, a storm that has the structure maybe seen once or twice all season. The day came with its challenges though. I left my tripod unattended for just a moment when the inflow winds pulled it to the ground, initially damaging my 10-22mm lens. The replacement costs for these are pretty high, and I wasn't looking forward to buying another, but after messing with it a bit I was able to set the focus ring back in place and all ended up well. This photo was shot during the time the ring had been dislodged so it had a higher degree of difficulty than other photos, but it turned out well. The amazing structure of the whole storm, the beauty and the challenge of getting it earns Grandeur the #4 photo of 2014.
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