Best of WunderPhotos - October Ovations

By: RevMac , 4:54 PM GMT on October 09, 2009

Hello WU Friends:

The Best of WP monthly blog continues with pics submitted in October going back to 2004. This month starts off with these grand photos:

Portland Headlight by HypnoCin67 captures the mystical beauty of the lighthouse in one of the very best coast pics on WU.

We all seem to enjoy full moon shots and Moonrise over Seattle by Steppingstoneman strikes me as a classic.

Next, MissionaryMan gives us a unique perspective from the sky with Thunderhead.

And speaking of storms, our expert storm photographer, idzrvit posted one of the most dramatic storm shots ever with Wicked Sky.

I'll post the first 20 today and more next week. I hope we'll get many behind the pic stories, so check back once in a while. And if you see a few you really like, give them a hand and add a comment with the new system - some great shots have no comments yet.

This month's best (2009) will be added in early November. Thanks for stopping by.


Portland Headlight Nirvana (HypnoCin67)
Wow--what a beautiful sunrise I captured at Portland Headlight yesterday!
Portland Headlight Nirvana
Moonrise over Seattle (Steppingstoneman)
Taken a couple of nights ago at the full moon, just had a chance to get it posted.
Moonrise over Seattle
Nicaraguan Thunderhead (MissionaryMan)
Sunset in the Pacific over Nicaragua with a storm brewing.
Nicaraguan Thunderhead
fall colors of nottingham (kalimist)
took using panasonic fx01
fall colors of nottingham
Bald eagle and seagull (glacierman)
This eagle had just grabbed the gull out of the water and was administering the coup de grace with it's talons when I snapped this photo today.
Bald eagle and seagull
Sky and Sea (Sole)
More photos from Cuba at
Sky and Sea
Fog City (KCK2)
Taken from Tilden in the East Bay hills
Fog City
Oxbow Bend (funhawg)
Fall Colors in Grand Teton
Oxbow Bend
tahquamenon (MISC78)
tahquamenon falls in autumnal bliss
The Golden Hour (johngomes)
Taken look east across Lake Spenard towaard the Chugach Mtns. •For those interested this was taken with the new Canon 40D. An impressive camera.
The Golden Hour
Unusual lightning so late in autumn! (weatherboy)
I took this pic above the Gulf of Trieste previous night. The storm was pretty fast, just few lightning strikes and it was above me in 2min. Then it was heavy rain and hail, too. Amazing to take a pic of lightning so late in Autumn, actually never saw such bolts in October!
Unusual lightning so late in autumn!
Cool Fall Day (cambuck1)
Cool Fall Day
Dusk in Yosemite Valley. (YosemiteMan)
Dusk just after an early storm in late October, 2004.
Dusk in Yosemite Valley.
Hunter's Moon (indigostone)
Hunter's Moon
Soldiers at Guard (MrTour)
A grey, cloudy afternoon quickly fades into night. Are these gulls guarding the nature preserve, or the Naval Armory?
Soldiers at Guard
Rainbow at Dawn (Snowfire)
A rainbow arches above the golf course as a storm moves in.
Rainbow at Dawn
Beautiful day (Bangkrood)
Alpaca, in Deer Park Safari.
Beautiful day
Fall Crossing (wildjack)
A view from the
Fall Crossing
Stone Church (HOLLY)
East Jordan, MI
Stone Church
Sunset at Fossil Creek (Filoso)
A late afternoon thunderstorm caught us off guard, but the rainbow made up for any lost time hiking.
Sunset at Fossil Creek
Morning Mist (FRANDWIGHT)
Morning Mist
Schwabachers Landing -GTNP (gethoht)
Taken from Schwabachers Landing... tetons in early afternoon
Schwabachers Landing -GTNP
Misty Moon (stoneygirl)
Misty Moon
HDR Last of the picnic weather. (Short)
HDR Harbor Mt. Sitka, AK
HDR Last of the picnic weather.
Lake Effect Drama (andrewmorrell)
Captured this pre-sunset moment as a wave of lake effect rain moved off of Lake Michigan over Lake Charlevoix in Northern Michigan. Exposure bracketed HDR shot.
Lake Effect Drama
Fall In Yosemite (Puddleglum)
Fall In Yosemite
Until.... (MeandMyShadow)
We meet again.
Mount Saint Helens (weathercrazy82)
Took a hike up Mount Mitchell today, some clouds and some sun made for an awesome view of newly snow-coated St. Helens. Most of the clouds were below.
Mount Saint Helens
Cascade Mountains (TheWOMAN)
Chinook Pass area. BEAUTIFUL day, great company...
Cascade Mountains
Mountain View (JAYHAWK48)
Mountain View
Second Beach, Olympic National Park II (Ann75)
A view at Second Beach in the La Push area of Olympic National Park. Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula in the north west corner of Washington State, USA.
Second Beach, Olympic National Park II
First Light on Lake Watawga (Robbles)
First Light on Lake Watawga
Slipping In (steamlaunch)
between the bushes and trees,the fog transformed this ordinary scene into a special one.
Slipping In
Dead end (JOSHOTS)
Dead end
Wisconsin Barn (BRCPres)
I shot this image off County Hwy E just outside of Green Bay. Two days later, the wind came and the leaves were gone.
Wisconsin Barn
Fall over lake flower (195050)
Morning sunrise with the chair
Fall over lake flower
Angel's Over Oxbow (stt1119)
The wispy cirrus clouds in this scene reminded me of an image of an angel floating over the sky as the fall colors popped at Oxbow Bend, Wyoming.
Angel's Over Oxbow
Red Canyon (louloubird)
Arrived in Southern Utah today just in time to enjoy a dusting of new snow on the vermilion colored rock formations
Red Canyon
Lightning (StinkeyWeaselteets)
Storms rolled through last night. This was taken using my digital trigger (my index finger on the shutter button).
Into the fog (lkelly)
Into the fog
Fall Colors (Fotoguy77)
A grove of golden Aspens stands alongside June Lake in the Eastern High Serria's just north of Mammoth Mountain. This was after a light dusting of snow. In two months, the lake will be under a few inches of ice.
Fall Colors
Pychodelic Web (minou)
Foggy webs were everywhere this morning.
Pychodelic Web
Barn at sunset (accentsoflife)
Barn at sunset
Fall In Love with Eagles (robin57)
Out near my home what a lucky shot
Fall In Love with Eagles
New Look (gazer01)
Yesterday no snow 1st of season 8 in + in upper mich near Nisula too early !
New Look
Lysuvatn, Iceland (ARG)
Lysuvatn, Iceland
Lysuvatn, Iceland
Colorful Medley in the Mist (elrods)
Traveling down the road I had to stop to catch this gorgeous view!
Colorful Medley in the Mist
Shasta Red (InTheWoods)
Taken at sunrise from Bunny Flat. There was about three to four inches of snow on the ground and lots of ice -- the parking area resembled a skating rink. (Wish I'd brought my skates instead of crampons!!) -:)
Shasta Red
Friendly Fox (VikkiY)
This tame fox has obviously been fed and is used to people. He seemed very interested in my camera.
Friendly Fox
Winter's Baaaack.... (keyboardjockey)
Warmer weather coming this week, but today it's very pretty after yesterday's snowstorm.
Winter's Baaaack....
An Autumn Stroll Along Broad Street (memahat)
An Autumn Stroll Along Broad Street
Texas High Plains House (RaunL)
Clouds moving in before a cold front provided great clouds for this afternoon shot looking east on the high plains of Texas. This is cropped from a larger view.
Texas High Plains House
Two for Breakfast (paulnorm)
Something I saw on my morning walk; two horses getting started on a day of eating and hanging out together. The water you see is Penn Cove and then Saratoga Passage. After that comes Camano Island followed by the Cascade Range.
Two for Breakfast
Fall Color (northernman)
Fall Color
Autumn Splendor (Snapdragon)
A late October walk in the park. The Meramec River is below.
Autumn Splendor

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31. RevMac
5:17 PM GMT on December 12, 2009
Warm WU Greetings Friends,

Catching up on past Best of Month blogs and wanted to thank memahat, RaunL, lkelly, gazer01, Robbles, louloubird, InTheWoods, and JOSHOTS for adding their stories and comments.

I also heard from Snapdragon by email -

This photograph was first captured in my eye as I walked a trail in a State Park in Missouri. The shape of the limbs of this tree caught my eye and with the autumn leaves decorating the limbs and the river as a backdrop, I couldn't resist photographing it.

I have taken many other photos of this tree from the same perspective in different seasons and light. They make a nice series.

Thanks for choosing my photo!

You're welcome Mike!

And this email comment by paulnorm:

Hi Mitch,
Thank you for including my picture %u201CTwo For Breakfast%u201D in this collection of outstanding photographs %u2013 it is a great honor. When this photo was taken in the Fall of 2006 I was trying out my then new Nikon 200. The camera was set so all shots would be JPG format and the f-stop was set to get some depth of field. This left the shutter speed at a very slow 25th of a second. With the VR zoom lens set at 200mm and the camera, resting on top of a fence post, this image was captured; it has turned out to be one of my most popular photographs.

Thanks for writing Norm.

It's hard to believe, but I've completed a whole year's worth of Best of the Month blogs. And in my research, I came across other pics I missed. So look for a Best of the Rest blog this month to wrap up the year.

Thanks for being part fo the WU family,
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3:25 PM GMT on December 09, 2009
Hi Mitch,

I wish I did this kind of blog myself. I hardly find time to select the Best of latest JOSHOTS sometimes. It is really an honor that you picked my "Dead End" among these cool shots of your blog.

I took this shot in Liwa (UAE) that is the Northern end of Rub Al Khali desert. I was on an afternoon drive with my brother that day and we were just about turning back to the hotel. But before doing so I could not resist walking up higher on the hill to show that end of the world feeling on my photo.
In fact it is very close to the place where our site camp was once constructed in 1983 during my first stay in Liwa.
Being one of my favorite places in Arabia ever since recently we have again crossed an about 200 km part of it on virgin sand by three 4WD’s. The landscape was stunning as always and I am going to upload one or two of the new pics to prove it.
I once again realized how lucky we are to experience and explore this beautiful Empty Quarter of the Earth ourselves.
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29. InTheWoods
7:14 PM GMT on December 06, 2009
Hey -- you've put together an awesome collection here. Many thanks for including a photo of mine. Appreciated!

I took Shasta Red at Bunny Flat very early on the morning of Oct. 12, 2007. I'd spent the night at the trailhead because I wanted to get an earlier start -- make it as far as Helen Lake -- spend the night there -- then hopefully summit Mt. Shasta the next morning. (Oct. 13.) That was my plan but it went astray -- I hit bad weather while climbing Avalanche Gulch -- got snowed on a bit -- and light hail. The questionable weather caused me to turn back shortly before reaching Helen Lake.
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28. louloubird
8:14 PM GMT on November 14, 2009
Hi Mitch - It is indeed an honor to be added to you 'Best of Monthly' - Thank-you so much! This is such a great blog! I highly enjoy looking back on such an awe inspiring collection & am humbled to be among such wonders.

"Red Canyon" was one of the first images shot on my vacation to Southern Utah just a few weeks ago. My husband & I were on our way to Boulder, Utah in hopes of catching the last of the aspen fall foliage before heading to Bryce Zion. Funny thing - I was very disappointed that the weather forecast the evening before we left home showed very low temps & snow as this would wipe out the foliage ... of course I changed my outlook when I saw the striking beauty of Red Canyon as we were passing through right when the storm was clearing. "STOP THE CAR!!!" - an unscheduled stop was definitely in order. About 6" of fresh snow lay on the ground shining under an intense blue sky. The trail was very hard to make out & I wondered off in search of a nice composition. It was nothing short of a wonderland & when I came upon 'the tree' I was beside myself... one of those perfect moments you never forget... blessed to be in the right place at the right time.

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27. Robbles
3:50 AM GMT on November 12, 2009
Thanks Mitch, for including First Light on Lake Watawga in this superb group of photos! Lake Watawga is in the Gouldsboro, PA area of the Poconos. This was prime foliage weekend. I had taken many photos, but wanted to get some early morning light shots. It was about 7am. The fog rising on the lake was a bonus! Focusing on the land coming out of the right of the picture was just right as it slightly softened out the trees on the far side of the Lake. Very memorable.
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26. gazer01
1:01 AM GMT on November 08, 2009
Thanks Mitch ! for including my "old-barn" photo,it is my favorite barn to shoot in all seasons, and watch what "mother-nature" is doing each season as it is crumbling a piece at a time, each spring I expect it to fall down, and its still standing ! we'll see what this winter has to do to it ! Jim.....gazer01....~
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25. lkelly
1:42 PM GMT on November 07, 2009
Wow I am blown away by being added to this blog.So many great photo's, I feel honored and humbled. Thank you so much for including (Into The Fog) in this elite group.
This photo was taken at Oneida Dam near Butler PA early morning. As the fog was lifting this darn swan got into the photo, I took it anyway lol. This swan has been hanging around this lake for about a year now. I noticed when viewing one of the photos that it is entangled in a fishing line with a bobber attached. He seems very healthy.
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24. RaunL
5:21 AM GMT on November 07, 2009
Thanks, Mitch, for recognizing the High Plains House. It is an honor to be selected. This was shot just north of Texline, TX. The shot on Wunderground is basically right out of the camera. I cropped a fence out of the foreground. The final on my wall is cropped slightly and processed with a red filter to achieve the effects we used to get with glass and film. To see the final, visit my photosharing website at

When I took the shot, I was looking at crop production fields in the area and saw this scene. I was following my client, who was a head of me along a gravel road in a truck. I had to stop and shoot this quickly so as to not lose sight of him. I remember seeing this in my mind in black and white. I jumped out of my vehicle, scrambled close to the fence and shot it with a Nikon D200 in program mode. I think less than a minute later I was on the road again. It give credence to the old photojournalist adage "f8 and be there."

Raun Lohry
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23. memahat
6:08 PM GMT on November 06, 2009
Thanks for adding "Ann Autumn Stroll On Broad Street" from Bethel Maine. This house dates to about 1820, and is right in the heart of Bethel Maine's historic district. The house belongs to Stan Howe , who is a town selectman , and has been a much painted and photographed subject , repeatedly for many years. This photo, and others from a same day series were used by the Maine Historical Society, to document the 190 year old Federal and Victorian era district

Thanks for adding me to you blog &album_id=99&thumbstart=1&gallery=#slideanchor
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21. RevMac
4:32 PM GMT on November 06, 2009
Back from Yosemite greetings WU friends. It's only been a week since our return and the trip already seems like a dream we want to relive. Thanks for all you comments on the pics and for enjoying the experience with me. So what's been happening with this blog?

Steppingstoneman added this comment to his Moonrise over Seattle shot that I've copied here -
This is the classic Kerry Park shot of the seattle skyline. I happened to be in Seattle at a full moon (on my way up to Mt. Shuksan for a shoot the following day) and captured this image, as well as a number of other full moon shots that evening.

This is a composite shot - I wanted to get the full width of the city with the alpine glow on Mt. Rainier, but in using a wide angle lens, it reduced the moon to a pinprick. I then reshot the picture using a telephoto lens with the camera locked in the same spot, and adjusted the telephoto to make the moon the same size as it visually appeared to the eye. So yes, the image is superimposed, but it is the moon that was there that night, in proper relative visual size, and in the exact location the moon was at the time of the shot. Anyone standing at Kerry Park when I took that photo saw exactly with their eyes what the photo shows, which is what a photograph is supposed to do - represent [accurately] real life.

Thanks steppingstoneman for this detailed explanation of one of the best moonscapes on WU. I hope to try this technigue.

I also received this email from keyboradjockey
I took this picture while on my way to Breckenridge for a photo shoot. At over 9000 feet above sea level, winter tends to encroach early and suddenly, and that was the case here. First snows usually occur in October. But it's not unusual for the first storms to be followed by sunny, relatively warm weather, and scenes like this don't persist for long.

This is one reason I love October and the pics on WU - the epic change of seasons - thanks keybordjockey!

Also via email I heard from FRANDWIGHT -

Hi - Thank you!

Morning Mist: I was on my way to the gym at about 8:30 on 10/08/07. This park (Milham Park in Kalamazoo MI) is on the way. I noticed the fog in the park and the sun beginning to trickle through, so I blew off the gym and went to the park instead.

As I made my walk around the park, I was approaching this bridge and with every step, the scene became increasingly more beautiful. I took a quick read on my settings - no tripod, had to be careful - and kept saying to myself, please let me get it right, please let me get it right!

I got it right. Camera Nikon D80; ISO 160; F-13; speed (unrecorded, but probably about 125).

After my shots, I rounded the bend and ran into Dean,a previous photo instructor, capturing fog shots, too. I stopped to say hello, noticed his impatience, and later realized I was stealing his light with my banter!

Fran Dwight

Thanks Fran - details like these help us learn how to approach similar opportunities.

Also adding a comment to their photo is gethoht -

I loved this shot when I took it... if I could have caught the same shot a week earlier when the leaves where changing it would've been that much more extraordinary. I used to drive from Jackson to Togwoteee pass for work a couple times of week, leaving many opportunities for great photos. Thank you so much for appreciating this shot!

Oh we love those extraordinary photo ops - thanks for capturing this one.!

And minou took some us back to the days of tie-dyed with her colorful "web shot". Thanks for detailing the colors in the background - excellent creativity!

And Les commented on his amazing lightning shot. And I agree with Les - with all the other stuff we deal with in life - it's helpful to have a supportive community like WU.

As always - appreciate the folks stopping by -
SunsetSailor, spathy,and Blizzard92.

I have two more pics to add for October and then it's on to November.

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20. StinkeyWeaselteets
3:06 PM GMT on November 06, 2009
Thank you so much for including my lightning capture in the best of October series. I am truly honored to be recognized in this way.

Life is so full of unrewarding struggle and daily battles to keep afloat. But, here I genuinely find reward and most importantly acceptance and recognition for something which is mine. I think this is one of the sweetest things in life. Finding acceptance and gaining respect from a group so talented as the photographers on Weather Underground.

Thank you!


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19. Zachary Labe
1:23 AM GMT on November 06, 2009
Wow, absolutely amazing pictures that I only aspire to try to capture the beauty of mother nature at its best.
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18. minou
5:21 PM GMT on November 04, 2009
Hi Mitch,

To be featured alongside such wonderful photographers is an honor. I’ve been browsing your Best of WU for a long time and am always in awe of the featured photographers’ talents and your dedication! Thanks Mitch, thanks all you wonderful photographers who share your worlds, and thanks volunteers and administrators who make this site such a blast!

“Pychodelic,” of course misspelled which gave everyone a few laughs and raised eyebrows, was shot in my garden after we’d returned home to Louisiana from Yellowstone. I’m never ready to leave the Absarokas, but alas work always calls us back to the bayous. We always hope that summer’s heat has subsided by the time we come home refreshed, but this year was quite the exception. When we returned in October, it was just as hot and sticky as in August. I had to force myself to go outside. I’d already checked the garden from every window angle even using binoculars and finally decided on this foggy morning to wander outside, and I’m sure glad I did.

Everything was kind of a mess considering it had been unattended for 4 weeks, and what really caught my eye were the foggy webs. I shot only 18 frames all of webs and one zinnia. Using background color to force negative space into positive is one of my fascinations. This one web in particular was back-dropped with a purple plum, Gaillardia, roses, and goldenrod, reminding me of a tie-dyed t-shirt! I almost didn’t upload it to WU since I’d manipulated it! Wow! I’m sure glad I did!

Best regards,
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16. SunsetSailor
8:06 PM GMT on October 24, 2009
Hi Mitch,

I never miss a new monthly edition of your Best of WU selections. These images are etched behind my eyballs. They're the images that have inspired me to get out there with my own camera. I'm indebted to their creators and to you for doing this every month.

Thank you. Laura
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15. RevMac
7:35 PM GMT on October 24, 2009
Thanks weathercrazy , Snowfire, Sole and Ann75 for adding your stories. I've added a few places to my "must see" adventures.

Nice to see folks stopping by - AnneAbrams, AllyBama, masshysteria, seflagamma, and idzrvit.

stt1119 also added this comment to his great Fall pic just shot this month:
Thank you RevMac for selecting me to your Wundergorund best of October blog as well as many others for the positive comments! I snapped this shot on a cold fall morning right after a snow storm had moved through. I took this around 11 am when polarization is perfect at Oxbow bend. I had noticed the wispy high clouds as I was shooting earlier in the day around String lake and rushed over to Oxbow to take advantage. I just got very luck that the clouds happend to remind be of an Angel's wings when I was snapping away. The Snake River was not totally calm but I thought the slight ripple actually differeantiated the photo from many others taken there. I am so glad everyone enjoyed it and I am honored to be selected to October's best and by all the warm and positive comments. Thanks again!

I'll be adding more Oct. pics over the next few days.

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14. Ann75
3:25 AM GMT on October 20, 2009
I finally had some time to have a look here and I am honoured that you chose one of my photos (Second Beach @ Olympic National Park, Washington, USA).

Thank you so much, it's very much appreciated!

On this day we went to the Hoh Rain Forest in the morning as it was cloudy and drizzling a little. Later in the day it was clearing up and the sun came out. So, we decided to drive to the La Push area after dinner and hike the Second Beach Trail (it's a short hike of about 1.6km/1mi one way). You can find the sign of the trailhead along the road near La Push, you can't miss it. As we are walking along the beach I noticed this rock and this tidal pool on the beach. I also like the wet sand which created some nice.

Olympic National Park is located on the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle and in the most north western corner of the mainland of the USA. This park is such a diverse and amazing place to visit. No wonder they say it's 3 parks in one! You can enjoy the amazing surf and beautiful beaches, you will see a spectacular alpine country dotted with sparkling lakes, lush meadows, glaciers, waterfalls and North America's finest temperate rain forest.

Olympic National Park is a wilderness park with much of its interior accessible only by trail. A variety of roads lead off the major Highway (101) to various destinations around the park. There are several scenic drives including the drive to Hurricane Ridge, along the Pacific Coast and through the forested valleys of the Sol Duc, Hoh and Quinault Rivers. This all provide glimpses of Olympic National Park's diversity. I recommend this place to anybody that loves beaches, mountains, rainforests, lakes, waterfalls and more.
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13. idzrvit
11:09 PM GMT on October 18, 2009
Hello Mitch!
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12. Sole
4:06 PM GMT on October 17, 2009
Thanks for adding my "Sky and Sea" photo.
I have made it during our vacation, it is Varadero, Cuba. First few days the sky was clear, than, starting from October 1st, it became stormy, excellent for photographers.
I have much more photos from there within the gallery "Cuba" at:


Warm regards fom Serbia to all of you,

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11. seflagamma
10:38 PM GMT on October 16, 2009
These photographs are just awesome.
We have such wonderful artist here.
and Thank you for finding them for our pleasure.

have a great weekend!
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10. Snowfire
4:35 AM GMT on October 11, 2009
I was coming out of my driveway just before sunrise as a storm approached when I realized that there was a spectacular rainbow in the west. I dashed back to the house and got the camera gear; then I drove about a quarter mile down the road to where a golf course opens to the west. I tried a 25mm lens but it was not wide enough, so I swapped it for my 14mm lens and positioned myself in front of a water hazard to get as much reflection as possible. I got off 2-3 frames of which this is the best. I wish I had aimed a little bit higher, but I was pleased with how it came out.
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9. weathercrazy82
1:28 AM GMT on October 11, 2009
My photo features Mt. St. Helens on a beautiful hike up Mount Mitchell. The mountain is located south of Swift Resevoir and offers panoramic views of St. Helens, Adams and Hood on a clear day. The day here was mostly sunny, but there were clouds moving in and out constantly making for ever changing light and photos.
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8. masshysteria
12:23 AM GMT on October 11, 2009
You certainly have an unsurpassed eye for talent and such incredible patience to delve into and select the cream of the crop each and every month! They're all so breathtakingly beautiful! As always, much appreciated Rev Mac!!!
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7. AllyBama
9:53 PM GMT on October 10, 2009
WOW!...what a collection of pictures here from some very talented and "fortunate" photographers..being gifted with the "eye" and being in the "right place at the right time" have allowed them to capture these incredible moments..and I am thankful that they posted them on WU for us to enjoy.
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6. AnneAbrams
9:39 PM GMT on October 10, 2009
Rev: you sure do know how to pic the best of the best. Fantastic images. congrats to all the photogs, thanks for sharing them. Ann e
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5. RevMac
8:26 PM GMT on October 10, 2009
Alaways great to hear from idzrvit and I'm glad he hung there awhile longer to get Wicked Sky. Thanks for the full story!

KCK2 had one of those special sunset locations and as we all know who frequent those spots, you never know what evening the elements will come together for an extra memorable shot like Fog City.

Funhawg gives us many great pics from his special part of the planet, the Grand Tetons but his rendition of Oxbow Bend in full fall colors is a classic.

And we enjoy lots of great moon shots on WU but Misty Moon is special. stoneygirl wrote:

". . . what made it so interesting to me was the mist that surrounded the moon that night."

We agree, it's a cool full moon shot!

And I heard from Vicki via email who shares about Morning Light:

I am always searching for secluded secret places that one would like to escape to. Places where you feel in touch with the earth. Where it doesn't matter how bad you sing...cause no one will ever hear you. This is what I call "my church", since I don't go to church these are places I feel in touch with God. That may not make sense to some people, but once you look through my photography you get a sense of what I'm taking about. Everyday, I am late for work as I was on this day! September and October are my favorites months to shot photos. September for the foggy mornings and October for the autumn colors. In Wisconsin in the beginning of October you get both. This is place that I visit regularly during the early autumn since I know I will get the rising sun and lifting fog.

I'm glad you share Wisconsin with us - one of my favorite places - and this is a beautiful scene.

October moves me with it's colors and transitions and these great pics and stories add to that enjoyment. I look forward to more.


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4. stoneygirl
7:50 PM GMT on October 10, 2009
Wow, Mitch, thanks so much for including my "Misty Moon" on your fabulous blog. I am very honored to be counted among some fabulous photographers that are kind enough to share their wonderful talent on Wunderground.

Obviously I took this shot during a full moon but what made it so interesting to me was the mist that surrounded the moon that night. I personally love the night and have always loved photographing the beauty of it. Thank again for including me.

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3. funhawg
4:59 AM GMT on October 10, 2009
Thanks Mitch for including my picture of Oxbow Bend. I am amazed how good some of the pictures are that have appeared on this site!
I travel to Grand Teton about every 3 weeks to service accounts for my business during the summer. I usually check out Oxbow Bend every time I go in and realized the fall pictures always turned out best. I camped over there a week last fall and this was one of 1,000 pictures.
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2. KCK2
7:33 PM GMT on October 09, 2009
Thanks for adding "Fog City" to your best of collection! When I was living in Berkeley I would drive up to the east bay hills to take in the beautiful sunsets. That particular day was exceptional : )
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1. idzrvit
6:36 PM GMT on October 09, 2009
Hello Mitch! I'm honored to have my shot "Wicked sky" in your selections for this month! You always have such a great collection of photos most of us have not seen! I also want to thank you for writing me on so many of my weather shots! Your comments and encouragement are always appreciated!

Back when this shot was taken, I did not have a laptop to view the weather while out chasing. I'd check doppler at home and see the wind speeds and guess where I needed to be to intercept the storms I'd chase. At times, I'd call my wife or Dad and they would tell me where I needed to be(If it was not too late!). This particular night, I had left in a hurry wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I had left my jacket at home which is common for me! I headed north about 30-40 minutes to Farley, Missouri. I had to hold the umbrella while shooting lightning for awhile and the rain eventually was too heavy to shoot any longer. Rain had splashed mud all over me and I was soaked and very cold! However, it is always worth it! I assumed I was done for the night and headed home. On my way I crossed the Missouri river(I-435) and to my northwest I could see a lot of lightning and the clouds were like nothing I have ever seen before! I took the next exit(Wolcott) and drove as fast as I could to find an open area to shoot from. This took valuable time as it's quite hilly here. The best spot I could find was the parking lot at the Lakeside speedway in Kansas City, Kansas. This spot was about 15-20 minutes south of where I was shooting lightning. I took numerous shots trying to capture the underside of the clouds when lightning would strike. I ended up getting a few and posted two. My only regret is not knowing what I know now about shooting lightning. I would have tried other settings(f5 range rather than f3.5) and probably would have more shots to show for it. Also I would have shot in RAW as it's much more forgiving in post-processing and better for enlargements. Even with the errors, I'm so glad I was able to see this event take place! To this day, I find it one of the more interesting weather shots I've taken.

Have a great day!!!!!
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