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BEST WEATHER PHOTOS OF 2018

PHOTOS OF THE WEEK: 6/20/2019: Best Weather Photos of 2018 !

It’s amazing that throughout the world, there are photographers that have their camera, taking pictures of the weather. And they are there to capture the most amazing photos of the weather that we never see, unless someone like me, posts these amazing photos. These photos, in this case, may not be the most beautiful, but, they capture the weather at it’s worst, or they may capture it in it’s most impressive state. But, there are photos here that will make you realize, that: I should be taking photos of this kind of stuff! So, here are some amazing photos that should be shared, and they make this weeks” PHOTOS OF THE WEEK!

Grand Prize Winner: “Celestial Encounter” submitted by Marcel Siegle 

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After his mother passed away, photographer Marcel Siegle was having a hard time finding work. He was looking for the perfect subject to photograph to get him back on his feet during the 2017 Great American Eclipse. Siegle decided to make his way from Santa Rosa, California, up to the Deschutes River near Warm Springs, Oregon, where he knew he’d get one of the best views of the celestial event. 
The image is actually a self-portrait of Siegle, who has been a photographer for more than 30 years, and an avid fly-fisherman for nearly just as long. Siegle, who runs a commercial photography business, enjoys snapping photos of fly-fishermen in action as well.


Second Place Winner: “Buffalo in Orange” submitted by Rick Beldegreen

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Rick Beldegreen’s photo, “Buffalo in Orange,” was taken in Zambia on a photography trip.
Beldegreen, a retired veterinarian, says he now has more time to chase his second passion, wildlife photography. He frequently takes trips for the sole purpose of getting the perfect shot of animals in the wild.

“We knew that this buffalo herd frequented the area, and that they would typically bed down for the night in this forest,” the photographer told weather.com. “Then, in the early morning, they’d start making their way out of the forest to start grazing at the watering holes. The previous day we saw that it was just an amazing sunrise; all the dust that was kicked up by this herd of buffalo created this great effect.”
Beldegreen said he didn’t get any great shots that day, but was deterimined to try again the next day, to see if the scene would repeat itself. 
“To my great fortune, it did,” he said. “It created this amazing orange glow.”
By his prediction, there were at least 500 buffalo present at the scene.

Third Place Winner: “Mother Nature’s Lightshow” submitted by Michael Wasserberger

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Michael Wasserberger was flying over Des Moines, Iowa, on a commercial flight when he shot this storm image by happenstance. 
“Whenever I travel, I always have my camera nearby because you never know what you’ll come across,” he told weather.com. “I happened to look out the window and saw these incredible storms, and I knew this was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

The Fan Favorite Winners

The sun sets over the Grand Canyon on May 20, 2018. (Tony Bendele)
1 of 3The sun sets over the Grand Canyon on May 20, 2018. (Tony Bendele)


2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

“Tiny,” a rescued brown bear, dries off at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo. (Bary and Athena Burns)
1 of 50“Tiny,” a rescued brown bear, dries off at the Wild Animal Sanctuary in Keenesburg, Colo. (Bary and Athena Burns)


2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

A tornado is seen in Dodge City, Kan. (Lauren Leete)
3 of 50A tornado is seen in Dodge City, Kan. (Lauren Leete)



2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

A coyote stands in falling snow outside of Chicago. (Brian Butler)
5 of 50A coyote stands in falling snow outside of Chicago. (Brian Butler)



2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

A thunder storm is captured off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Jean-Claude Ardila)
13 of 50A thunder storm is captured off the coast of Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. (Jean-Claude Ardila)



2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

The weather coming in from the Pacific Ocean crashes into the Eastern Sierras with mighty force. (Miles Morgan)
19 of 50The weather coming in from the Pacific Ocean crashes into the Eastern Sierras with mighty force. (Miles Morgan)


2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

As the sun goes down in Cody, Wy., two wild stallions fight on the horizon line. (Jamie Baldanza)
26 of 50As the sun goes down in Cody, Wy., two wild stallions fight on the horizon line. (Jamie Baldanza)


2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

An amazing photogenic close range tornado is captured near Roggen, Colo., on June 19, 2018. (Blake Brown)
34 of 50An amazing photogenic close range tornado is captured near Roggen, Colo., on June 19, 2018. (Blake Brown)


2018 It’s Amazing Out There Photo Contest Finalists

Mountain climbers descend France's Aiguille du Midi while the rest of France is under a heatwave. (Emilie Talpin)
47 of 50Mountain climbers descend France’s Aiguille du Midi while the rest of France is under a heatwave. (Emilie Talpin)


Some of these weather photos were amazing! Could you do it? Sometimes, it just takes you being in the right place at the right time. But, would you be prepared to capture these weather phenomenon? Think about it. And we hope to see your photos here next time.

This is blog # 980
Later this year: look for the book: “The best of 1000 blogs”

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