well after putting up with 7 days of BS from me you
can all put up with another one.
only joking, better put some pics where my mouth is
to start with was this pic taken near the top of chandlers
hill, the fog started at around 1200', the there was tree
trash all over the road, the first thing i noticed when when
i got out of the vehicle was the overpowering aroma of
eucalyptus from all the trashed tree litter. the second
thing was @ 23° how stifling it was.
this is pretty typical of the line of cu that were
boiling away trying to punch the cap in a line all
the way from tailem bend to south of clare. they
eventually got there but as always when waiting for
something to happen it was like watching grass grow.
this pic looking northeast on the easten side of
i wasnt happy with the stuff near murray bridge as it was
moving away and i dont like playing catchup, looking
north with envious eyes to a better looking cell up near
eudunda i spat it and headed up to sedan, by the time i got
there it looked like crap but TS said it was going into
orbit, it wasnt photogenic at all so i decided to corepunch
it for something to liven up what was so far looking to
be a bit of a fizzer. i got to just west of blanchtown and
parked on the road and waited for the core to sweep over me.
this pic is looking east and was the only thing worth
photographing. the main core is behind and to the left of me,
at about 8 o'clock or nw. huge drops reasonably heavy but
definatly not HP.
this one is looking south from close to the last pic, nice
little cell just looked good with a small core and a pilius
after that i saw the stuff going off in the iron triangle
and thought going by progged nnw steering winds would be
heading for pt. wakefield so set off for the mongeral trip
across hopefully to get there in time for some sunset/night
time lightning pics.
but TS had different ideas, don't go west, go north young
man. so i did, got to truro and headed for eudunda. all of
the stuff out east was interesting to watch while driving,
thinking about heading off the stuff coming across from the
gulf. well when i got out of eudunda things started to ramp
up very quckly, thats when the eye candy meter hit the
redline and pegged itself off the scale. as i drove it just
got better and better. this pic for starters.......
an albino core, how cool is that?
then this yummy little piece of eye candy, i thought your
kidding a wall cloud, then realised its an inflow shelfie.
other intersting thing to note is it's such a huge shelfie
compared to such a small cb.
as i drive along enjoying what i've seen so far and lulling
myself into a fase sense of security thinking i've pretty
much seen it all over 30 yrs or more of stormchasing i
drive over the hill and this comes thing along and bitch
slaps me in the face with a WTF factor of ten.
well i finally get to robertstown not far from sundown
now between a rock and a hard place, the rock is what's
coming from the iron triangle, the hard place is what's
going off in the east, i can just hear it, sounds like
the constant rumble of a jet taking off, no wonder at a
strike rate of 154 strikes per minute. i decide to try
and get closer to the eastern cell seeing as it's been
stationary since it's inception and wait for the nw
conglomerate to get to me. ended up about 10km directly
east of robertstown on a hill which was really good
visually, once sunset came the damn thing was flashing
it's nuts off and the roar of the jet engine was much
louder interjected with some nice loud stuff directly
overhead, i've heard constant rolling thunder heaps of
times but never like this, as soon as the nw conglomerate
started to collide with the easterm cell it started to
move off to the se. but what a way to finish off, as it got
darker, multiple flashes per second, like i said before an
awesome psychedelic light show....or should i say
'psycho'delic. no wind as well, just perfect.
this pic looking east at the back edge of the eastern cell
and has already started moving off.
so once it got dark enough to take longer exposures i set
up the tripod and tried for some lightning pics, the
problem was that 99 out of 100 were embedded in the cloud
with no visible bolts, and i use that as an arbitrary
figure prolly more like 1 in 1000, anyway there was bugger
all to be seen except flashing. and to complicate things
is every lightning photographers nightmare multiple cells
and areas of strikes. so i did my best and managed the
sum total of .........1
and here it is.........
i pushed for as long as i could until the rain took over
then just sat in the car and enjoyed the show for a
while until i decided it was time to go home.
in hindsight not knowing the area and looking at the map,
i would have headed to morgan and taken b64 to corepunch
it, god only knows what pics i would have got then as i
came out of the backside, but then i wouldn't have got what
i did. it's a double edged sword, and not knowing what i
might have got i have no regrets.