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At mid-day, massive cloud formations were blowing over the city at tremendous speed, coming from the west. I raced home and grabbed my camera, then drove east to try to get ahead of the system so it would blow towards me. As fast as I could go, I could not catch the leading edge of the clouds I had initially seen. But a new finger extended towards me, coming so quickly that I had to switch to my widest lens and still barely had time to make this photo before the leading edge was directly above. There's a saying that bad weather makes for good photography, and it's true. But 48 hours later the system that came behind this cloud had created violent flash flood conditions across southern Alberta. Many rivers and creeks burst their banks, a state of emergency was declared, and tens of thousands of my neighbors are being evacuated as I write this. The floods have already destroyed roads, bridges and homes, and even resulted in loss of life. This leaves me with dark emotions having documented the start of something so destructive, just 2 days before. It certainly affected my choice of monochrome treatment; in colour the scene looks altogether too cheerful.
Heavy Weather Coming Fast, Langdon
Langdon Alberta Canada


At mid-day, massive cloud formations were blowing over the city at tremendous speed, coming from the west. I raced home and grabbed my camera, then drove east to try to get ahead of the system so it would blow towards me. As fast as I could go, I could not catch the leading edge of the clouds I had initially seen. But a new finger extended towards me, coming so quickly that I had to switch to my widest lens and still barely had time to make this photo before the leading edge was directly...
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  • clouds
  • storm
  • wind
  • field
  • prairie
  • afternoon
  • summer
  • HDR
  • B&W
  • black and white
  • Langdon
  • Alberta
  • Canada