Cracks on the Ice
While surveying mobile radar deployment sites during the Ontario Winter Lake-effect Systems (OWLeS) Project, we came across this spiderweb of cracks on a frozen arm of Lake Ontario. Taken near Pillar Point, NY, January 3, 2014.
An ice storm before Christmas 2013 deposited close to an inch of ice on this road in Westcott Beach State Park, NY. The ice was surprisingly still there as we were site surveying for OWLeS on January 3, 2014.
Early Sunset Color
As our radar site survey was wrapping up, faint pre-sunset color began to appear in the southwestern sky, even though the local time was just after 4:00pm. In this scene, the arm of Lake Ontario was ice-free, in stark contrast to the frigid land. Taken on Hovey's Island, NY, January 3, 2014.
Sunset on Ice
At the conclusion of the radar site survey for the OWLeS Project, we witnessed the winter sunset reflecting off a snow-covered field near Henderson, NY. Taken January 3, 2014.
Lake-effect Snow Squall
When viewed from a distance, lake-effect snow squalls do not look appreciably different from thunderstorms as the convective nature and large water content of the clouds often results in a dark gray sky. The frozen shoreline of Rainbow Shores, NY, seen in the foreground, tells a different story, however. Taken January 4, 2014.
Atlanta Ferris Wheel
While in Atlanta for the 2014 American Meteorological Society Annual Meeting, I snapped this shot of the Ferris wheel near Olympic Park in Atlanta illuminated after dark. I rode the wheel earlier in the day, and, as someone who has a fear of heights, found it unnerving at times. Taken February 1, 2014.
Wedding Day Sunset
I found this sunset following a friend's wedding reception on April 19, 2014. Looks over Lake of the Woods, Mahomet, IL.
Golf Course Sunset
A friends' apartment once offered an unobstructed view looking west over Legends Golf Course in Champaign, IL (they have since graduated and moved elsewhere). Though I never experienced any storms there, I had the opportunity to take in a vivid sunset on May 17, 2014.
Black Lab Silhouette
While awaiting the Champaign Fireworks show on July 4, 2014, I took a quick shot of opportunity of my friends' Black Lab, Chief, silhouetted against the fading twilight just minutes before the fireworks began.
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A long exposure of the fireworks show in Champaign, IL, on July 4, 2014.
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A burst of smaller fireworks is seen over the treetops at the Champaign, IL, fireworks show on July 4, 2014.
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A single large firework begins to fade against the darkness at the fireworks show in Champaign, IL, on July 4, 2014.
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Green and white fireworks at the fireworks show in Champaign, IL, on July 4, 2014.
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Fireworks whirl above other fireworks at the fireworks show in Champaign, IL, on July 4, 2014.
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Multicolored fireworks explode during the grand finale of the fireworks show in Champaign, IL, on July 4, 2014.
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A patriotic display of red, white, and blue fireworks during the grand finale of the fireworks show in Champaign, IL, on July 4, 2014.
Crepuscular Rays and Cloud Shadows
The shadow of a single, narrow updraft casts crepuscular rays across the sky at sunset outside of my house on August 30, 2014.
Garden of the Gods
It's hard to believe, but this forested gorge is in Illinois - in the Shawnee National Forest near the southern tip of the state. The area hasn't been glaciated in over a million years, meaning that varied landforms exist, unlike most of the rest of the state that was leveled by the glaciers. Taken September 27, 2014.
Hints of Autumn
On this warm late September day, I was accompanying a School of Earth, Society, and Environment field trip to southern Illinois. Though most of the trees were still completely green, there were enough hints of color to let an acute observer know that autumn was coming, depsite the 80-degree temperatures. Take September 27, 2014.
Faces in the Rock
These rocks at Garden of the Gods in southern Illinois look as if they are golems or some other creature just waiting to come alive. Taken September 27, 2014.
Illinois Cypress Swamp
After the Garden of the Gods, the next stop on the field trip was a cypress swamp along the Cache River (if it floods, does the Cache overflow?).This scene is much more reminiscent of Louisiana, Mississippi, or somewhere else much farther south, but stands as a reminder that far southern Illinois is often more southern than Midwestern. Taken September 27, 2014.
Dixon Springs, IL, Sunset
After a long day of hiking, we returned to our cabins at the Dixon Springs Agricultural Station just in time for this vivid sunset. A small patch of cirrus approaching from the west was perfectly timed such that it was painted by the setting sun. Taken September 27, 2014.
Autumn on the Farm
Our last stop on the field trip was Tanglefoot Ranch, a large sustainable farm near the town of Simpson, Illinois. While touring the ranch, I spotted this scene of partially-harvested, dried corn stalks that again foretold the approach of autumn and cooler weather. Taken September 28, 2014.
Monticello Railway Museum
My parents always come to visit from Michigan around the time of my birthday in late October. On this occasions, we often visit the Monticello Railway Museum seeing that my dad is a big train buff. On this weekend, their steam locomotive gave visitors a 5-mile round trip from the museum to downtown Monticello. Taken October 18, 2014.
Row upon row of the crumpled stalks of corn remain in the fields just outside of Urbana, IL, following the harvest. Taken October 26, 2014.
Illini Union in Autumn
Trees around the Illini Union begin to show some fall color on October 27, 2014.