12:26AM – Shot this image of the full moon with my Nikon D7000 on a tripod with a shutter release cable. Lens 55-300mm f4.5-5.6, Focal Length 300mm, ISO 100, Exposure 1/160 sec at f/16.
I really hadn’t planned to chase today, but when the storms started lining up in a watch box, I couldn’t resist.
I tossed minimal gear in the truck and headed north. About 28 miles north of Tulsa, I stopped in Ramona about the time the squall line moved in.
It wasn’t a storm that would typically produce a tornado, but it was spitting hail and winds were gusting.
When I got home and processed the few images I’d taken, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I’d caught a bolt of lightning in one of them. It was an unexpected surprise. I also realized how close I was to the bolt. I shot this picture with a 50mm lens.
I only drove about 90 miles, round trip. Not bad for the first run of the season.
Here’s my field journal entry for that day: http://www.tulsawxchaser.com/blog/2013/06/03/osage-county-storms-may-31-2013/
I really didn’t think we’d get any winter precipitation today. Phil, the groundhog, couldn’t be right. Could he?
Okay, so, at 9:00 this morning, I went out back to take a picture of a cardinal. We were getting snow flurries, but nothing measurable. Yet.
I’ve since learned that seeing a cardinal in the winter is a sign that snow is coming.
Maybe the rodent was right.
The freezing rain began on Friday and the result is both beautiful and a little dangerous. It’s Mother Nature’s way of ringing in the first day of winter. She did a fine job too!
The ice accumulation has taken a toll on trees, plants and power lines. PSO has been working non-stop to restore power to thousands of Tulsans. As of now, there’s still over a thousand homes without power. Fortunately my home isn’t one of them.
Tomorrow, I’ll try to chisel the ice off of the truck. I have Christmas shopping to do!
I braved the elements this morning and took a few pictures around the yard.