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May 4, 2012
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1/100 second
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38 mm
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Date Taken
Jun 17, 2010, 9:10:23 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS4 Macintosh
Bad Mojo... by DDL-Photography Bad Mojo... by DDL-Photography
In the late afternoon of June 17, 2010 I was getting dinner ready, had the TV off and was jamming to some tunes. Dinner was leftover grilled hamburgers and I was chopping up some onion to saute' and have on them. I was going about chopping the onion up when I stopped...and noticed the light coming inside the house turning a strange gold sepia color?! I quickly stopped, washed off my hands and went to the east window and looked out at a surreal world bathed in this light with some nasty looking clouds about. I then went down and looked out the west window and looked up to see this huge formation of Mammatus clouds. I quickly grabbed my camera and went out into the driveway and snapped a few shots of this cloud formation.

After I took a few pictures, I lowered my camera and just looked at them in both amazement and a growing dread that something bad was happening or was going to happen. Knowing that Mammatus clouds are indicative of severe weather, I knew I better get inside and see what kind of situation we were in. As soon as the door was closing behind me the severe weather sirens started going off escalating that bad feeling I had. I scrambled for the remote, turned on the TV and watched report after report coming in all our local channels of Tornado's all around us touching down and in the entire state of Minnesota!

I was living in Burnsville at the time which was put under a severe thunderstorm warning. When all was said and done Burnsville got luck....very lucky with just some heavy rain and wind, but other area's were not so lucky. 48 Tornadoes total were reported ranging from EF0 to 3 confirmed EF4's on that fateful day breaking all records and sadly three lives were also lost that day.

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Photographers Note: This photo was not enhanced in any way. I only ran it through Photoshop to sharpen it as I do with all of my digital photo's. The scene you see is exactly how it looked that day that my camera captured it. DDL

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burano Featured By Owner May 10, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
o_o An amazing show by nature! *_*
DDL-Photography Featured By Owner May 11, 2012  Professional Photographer
Very true!
KaizokuShojo Featured By Owner May 7, 2012   Traditional Artist
That's gorgeous. Glad you were safe!
DDL-Photography Featured By Owner May 8, 2012  Professional Photographer
Thank you very much for both comments!
EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
They always said beautiful can turn into an evil thing! Great shot, buddy!
DDL-Photography Featured By Owner May 7, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yep, and usually in the blink of an eye! Thanks buddy!
EternalFlame1891 Featured By Owner May 7, 2012
You bet, D!
JSH50 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
Gee's That sky is evil!
DDL-Photography Featured By Owner May 4, 2012  Professional Photographer
Yes it was in so many ways...
JSH50 Featured By Owner May 4, 2012
I've never experienced anything as threatening as that! & hope I never will!
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