The Belly of the Beast, and Fire in the Sky
When most people think about storms, tornadoes and severe weather, they likely think of states like Kansas, Texas and Oklahoma.
And yet, storm chasing on the High Plains of Montana is an absolutely otherworldly experience. This is because the storms that occur here often produce the most incredible colors! The aqua-green hues of this storm that occurred near the town of Baker, Montana on July 10th, 2016 was unlike anything I'd ever seen before.
I love to look for roads leading into storms, because it makes the scene so much more visually compelling, and quiet honestly there aren't many foregrounds to choose from among the flat, desolate prairies where these storms often occur.
While I was standing here shooting this storm, tornado sirens began to blare from the nearby town. These particular sirens were the most eerie sirens I've ever heard;; I can still remember the sound to this day, it was so haunting. It just further added to the foreboding mood of such an ominous scene.
This storm fizzled out fairly quickly, but as the sun began to set on the back side, I witnessed what was truly the most incredible display of mammatus clouds I'd ever seen.
These clouds truly stretched as far as the eye could see, and I was awestruck. It seemed like something from a dream.
While I continued eastward with the storm toward a nearby town to check into my hotel for the night, lightning crawled across the sky endlessly. It was the most magical, hypnotizing scene, watching tendrils of lighting reach and stretch across the sky, in a web-like pattern almost like a spiderweb. I wish I'd grabbed photos, but instead I chose to soak in the moment. I never wanted it to end.
It felt like a gift from Mother Nature, just for me.