This is one of those times that if you have a large, HD monitor around, go find it and then reload this blog. It'll be worth it.
Mike Olbinski, a fantastic photographer who lives in Arizona, has spent the summer chasing the monsoon storms that wrought towering thunderclouds, vivid lightning, incredible downpours and intense dust storms.
"Some days you get nothing great, some days you get SIX amazing scenes in a single afternoon," he wrote on his blog." A powerful rain shaft. An intense hail core dump. Shelf clouds. Dust storms. Lightning. The Milky Way. That’s what I’m capturing out here in Arizona between June 15th and September 30th every year, which is our official monsoon window. And this is the result of all that time spent."
Olbinsky says he drove across 14,000 miles of Arizona deserts this summer, taking over 45,000 frames of video. The result is this amazing, jaw-dropping video of the summer monsoon. (Be sure to watch all 8 minutes! -- and be sure to set it in HD and make it full screen!)
"I’m incredibly proud of this film," he wrote.
As well he should be!