Check out this beautiful panoramic photograph by Kelly Richardson, which features fiery missiles or vessels leaving planet Earth. The landscape for the piece was shot in West Texas during Kelly’s artist residency at Artpace in San Antonio. From the artist’s site:
“Drawing from the aesthetics of sci-fi films and dystopian stories, Orion Tide presents a Roswell-esque desert with spurts of light and smoke repeatedly taking off into the dark night sky. As a part of CONTACT festival 2013, Orion Tide rests somewhere in the territory between science fiction and biblical wraths. By uniting the cataclysmic commonalities that both worlds share, Richardson created an apocalyptically sublime space in which all ideals dissolve and a universal transition is made for whatever may come next.”
I think the only thing I that could improve the work would be to animate the rockets into an endless loop. It’s an intriguing piece nonetheless.
Edit (8/10/2014): The artist informed me that the the videos are animated as seamless loops. Very cool!
Here’s a video of Kelly describing her work, if you’d like to learn more.
Anyone who lives in the Midwestern region of the United States knows that thunderstorms can be an awe-inspiring (and dangerous) event. A supercell is a particular kind of thunderstorm which is characterized by the presence of a mesocyclone, a deep, rotating updraft.
Thunderstorms can be broken up into 4 different categories — supercell, squall line, multi-cell, and single-cell — and supercells are the least common of the bunch. However, they are also the most severe.
So how do Supercell Thunderstorms form?
The supercell thunderstorms rotate by tilting along the horizontal vortex, an action powered by wind shear. In addition, strong updrafts lift the tilting air to cause an additional rotation around the vertical axis, thus forming the internal mesocyclone.
Seen above are some epic photographs capturing the mesocyclone formation period. Hopefully, you get a sense of the unpredictable power of nature.