Thursday, July 02, 2015

Supercell from SE of Springfield Illinois

Despite falling behind on this blog, the past two months have been exceptionally busy and productive. Still on a roller coaster of sorts but surviving. Per the title of this entry, on Sunday June 28th I had some free time so I stepped out with zero expectations to intercept an advancing line of storms coming into Sangamon county. The greatest risk for severe weather was much further to the southwest roughly along the Mississippi river. A cell bearing remarkable characteristics including a 'hook' canvassed the Springfield metropolitan area and quickly went severe for large hail. Positioning to the SE of this storm, I was treated to an unbelievable experience. The bark was worse than it's bite for in spite of considerable motion, cool outflow undercutting the base helped to mitigate the tornado threat. Small to medium sized tree debris littering the path home was indicative of strong wind regardless.

c/o RadarScope

After dark from a separate cluster near home.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015


Despite continued neglect of my blog, I've been very productive while riding the ongoing roller coaster of our complicated lifestyle. Mother's Day just came to pass of course and was not an easy holiday for me personally though Ava managed to take it in stride. She's proven to be a rather resilient child for whom I find myself drawing strength from as we handle our day to day inconsistency. Before too much time passes, enjoy some visuals collected since last post. Hope you've been well.

Partial Eclipse from the morning of April 3rd

April 11th, nature walk with Ava

April 15th, another nature walk with Ava

April 16th, more nature

April 17th, fun with glowstick liquid

April 19th

April 23rd, Ramsey Lake State Park

April 25th, Creal Springs Illinois

April 29th, Weldon Springs Clinton IL

and lastly, Shovelers and Buffleheads from back on March 28th...

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Southern Illinois Slight Risk

With Ava being on break and in good company, I took the opportunity to explore new places down south on Thursday April 2nd. The intent was to hopefully photograph marginally severe storms however, of those encountered only one was remotely photogenic. In spite of this I scoped out a few new natural areas that I've had bookmarked on my list of places to visit. Southern Illinois is without question a very beautiful region that I could easily see myself living in someday.

Stephen A. Forbes State Park, Marion County Illinois

Carlyle Lake

Finally, from south of Centralia along US 51, a storm...

Near dusk while heading home, I stopped at Ramsey Lake State Park. Walking down an unused service road, a loud and distinct sound like the song of the siren drew me into the twilight forest. Eventually, from along the edge of a vernal pool in near total darkness under an ascending moon, I was treated not only to the deafening call of many but also a solitary performance of the elusive Spring Peeper. Having spent my entire existence hearing but never seeing these creatures except for in pictures, this moment was the holy grail of my lifelong herpetological interest.

Flipping the camera (Canon T3) into video mode, the following clip is reverse ring macro.

It has been an exceptionally busy month for which I hope to get caught up with on here in coming days.