Stormchaser Mike Olbinski chased massive storms across the American southwest to create the latest installment of his Monsoon series.
Much of the work was shot during photography workshops he gave throughout the region:
This year I ventured far and wide. Phoenix never saw a good dust storm all summer, but I still was able to capture a few good ones in southwest portions of the state. The cover photo for this film was halfway to Yuma standing in the middle of Interstate 8 watching an ominous wall of dust roll down the highway towards me with lightning flashing behind it. It was an incredible moment.
One bonus this summer was a few successful chases up at the Grand Canyon. Finally. A couple of gorgeous sunsets, rain dumping into the Canyon, lightning at night, Milky Way...it all worked out and I'm stoked for the footage I captured there that made it into this film. I also ventured over into New Mexico twice to chase some wonderful, plains-like structure to end the monsoon this year.
All told I covered about 13,000 miles and chased as far west as Desert Center, CA, as far east as Wilna, NM and as far north as Tonelea, AZ. And two great storms down in Organ Pipe National Monument, which is only about 10 miles from Mexico.
• Monsoon IV (4K) (YouTube / Mike Olbinski)
My friend Steve Davee posted this fun project to Instructables. It’s a perfect project for shut-in parents and kids to do together.
Utah Highway Patrol reports on an interesting traffic stop.
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