For this installment of the O-wow series, we are wowed by nature along with the timing and amazing vantage point of storm-chaser/photographer Chad Cowan. See his description of the storm below. /// Special Thanks to architect Susan Welker in Austin, Texas for suggesting this great photograph via my twitter requests to wow me.
"July 23, 2010 - Central South Dakota. This storm dropped the LARGEST HAILSTONES EVER RECORED just prior to this shot in the town of Vivian, SD. The record breaking stone measured a whopping 8 INCH DIAMETER and weighed just under TWO POUNDS. Shot at 10mm with a 1/30 second exposure. Extremely lucky to get a lightning bolt out of that."
You can purchase prints of Cowan's work from his website. Click here to buy the image above.
Image used with written permission from Chad Cowan. Copyright Chad Cowan. All Rights Reserved.
Graphic labels by Sophorn.