Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Still Around...

Apologies for not staying up on the blog. Though it's been a busy time with lots to see since last post, I've been at a weird place and not as enthusiastic with online endeavors independent of Facebook where I've quietly changed my presence. I'll just say that the irony of intellectuals or successful people is that they can be the most effective at intimidation often without even realizing. Life goes on and with that, I took a brave step forward in spite of social media complications in starting a PAGE. It has not surprisingly been slow to take off but the project intent as a concise representation in the hope that doors finally open is moving ahead full steam. Feel free to give a like and enjoy the ride. Though I have a ton of July material already, below are some highlights from the balance of June. What a year it has been thus far.

Work in progress for an old friend that has since been completed.

June 18th during a significant heat wave.

Exhausted squall line moving overhead from the 19th.

Photogenic post-severe squall line from the 21st.

Did not chase alone this day...

Nor that evening :)

Northside outflow streaming up from the SE on the 23rd.

Heading back from a marginal EC IL funnel cloud run on the 24th.

Finally, miniature portrait studio utilizing the iPhone flashlight.

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Monday Morning

Harassed a few damselflies yesterday.

Clinton Washout Part II

The Saturday afternoon and evening activity which included tornado warnings out west as mentioned in the previous post would eventually subdue with nightfall. Thinking that all would be well with the ongoing Clinton Art Festival, the parent system responsible for everything would churn across Macon County during the overnight into Sunday. As it did, strong winds drawing into the mesolow from east to west developed on the north side with gusts measuring anywhere from 35 to 50 MPH! This concentrated area of high wind passed through southern Dewitt County and directly over the event resulting in a number of pop-up tents getting thrashed including ours. Thankfully, no one in our group endured any loss as we took our work home since we were in an open area in another county where anything could happen and obviously did. Others were not so fortunate although the rain from the day prior having caused some to pack up and not return may have been a blessing. There were less than half of the original 20 vendors remaining and fewer potential losses.

Ours, wonder how far it might have gone if not for the obstacles?

This one had concrete weights still attached to the inside!

We said we would rebuild and we did!

c/o NWS Lincoln

Fitting end to a rather intense and busy weekend.