I've been working on a big task over the past few months when I have time which is to re-edit all my stuff from 2009. Currently I don't have much of it online even though it was an excellent year for Illinois weather and nature photography. Some would argue the weather aspect since the Central Plains baked under a persistent ridge of high pressure for much of the typical storm season. Over here on the lee side however, we had numerous systems drop in along the periphery of this ridge which was pretty much draped across the Midwest. Anyways, starting with January, here are a few samples even though for the period through March I am already up to over 50 keepers. Maybe I'll get the project done this year and maybe not but among the tasks is to also redo video clips to be of better quality and with audio from the moment. The existing ones on YouTube were silent as I did not begin applying this technique till much later. Much of it is just wind buffeting but it's better than nothing.
February 11 and a picture that gave me fits for being jacked.
March 3 and my first success with macro photography.
March 8 and a front lit shelf lifting with a morning outflow boundary. It was this event that made me want to capture another front lit shelf which finally happened in 2012.
Severe thunderstorm later that day with the same complex to produce a damaging tornado in Sangamon county a short while earlier. It was here I got nailed by a powerful wind gust that sent both of my cameras tumbling into the mud which can be seen in the re-edited video around 1:43.
March 24 and ragged mammatus at twilight behind a departing system. You can hear Ava yelling at me in the distance.
March 31 and a highly sheared moisture starved frontal boundary passage that wrapped up a small wall cloud in front of Ava and I. This day was special to me and in the re-edited time lapse video with audio, you can hear dialogue from Ava as she asks about the whistling wind in nearby power lines. In terms of severity this was a non-event for which the best ones usually are.