Sunrise helicopter flight over San Francisco's new addition to the Bay Bridge
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Even looking at the photo makes me dizzy.
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For this special day, I am uploading this new photo (19,000 pixels across!) that I just captured in the sweet spot in the northern bits of the Guangxi province, just to the south of the Guizhou and Hunan provinces of China. 桂林市 - 广西. I am standing on top of another spire (just like the ones you see!), and it was incredibly difficult, to say the least. Here's the story.
It was a muggy day, the sort where you feel your t-shirt sticking to you before you even realize it. We hired some local guides, who then hired some even more local guides to help show the way to the spire we wanted to ascend. Boy was it grueling! Jagged rocks, thorny bushes, all-fours most of the way. Sometimes the only thing to hold onto was a thorn bush or a glassy-evil-jaded rock. At the top, I looked down to see all kinds of grisly lacerations... but gathered my wits to get this photo! My bff was very smart and wore more clothes than me to keep his skin baby-smooth. This photo is a panorama, which I don't normally do, but the Dr. Seuss countryside there is so vast and overpowering, it was kind of the only way to bring it all together.
I think I'll go back here again... if you wanna come along, sign up for our newsletter at http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/news — or if you wanna go on your own, I'll take time to detail everything there including how to contact some local guides so you can find the same spot.
Anyway, thanks again for all the views and I'm happy you enjoy them so much here and other places on the interwebs... I used to do this back in the day when it was just me and my mom that would look at the photos... she still comes every day — hi mom! And don't worry, I got down safe and I'm putting aloe vera on the wounds just like you taught me! :)
It took a lot to get to this storm. My team and I had to cut through two other storms, one so severe that we could not see in front of our vehicle, as the roadways beside us turned into rivers. This was what chasers call a "core punch" going through the heaviest part of a supercell downburst, which can at times be mingled with large hail. Lucky for us, the hail did not arrive, and after about 45 minutes of traveling through white knuckled, tension filled driving we were met by a mass of unstable air. We continued driving for some time chasing after a wall of rotation on our radar, and then suddenly, we saw something that looked like the sky meeting the ground. This slow moving beast was lit green at the start, and as time went on turned a teal color and finally at the end a royal blue. The blue in the cloud mass is being caused by large hail in the core being kept aloft by warm updrafts. The radar was saying that the hail was somewhere around 3" in diameter. We met someone the next day who was under the core of this shelf cloud. His window of the car he was driving was obliterated.The shelf cloud you see here had a rotation signature on it. Probably right where you see that dark bump near the front. We carefully monitored this storm, and scooted out of the way as it started to overtake us. It was a rich reward for a lot of chance taking and nerve wracking moments.
I love San Francisco, and especially at this time of year as it, in celebration of the oncoming holidays, lights itself up in grand majestic splendor.
I just happened to be passing through and wanted to try for an intimate of the downtown, but parking was exceedingly sparse. I must have drove all around Russian Hill for well over 46 minutes. I could have left my car at a local parking garage but for thirty dollars flat rate??? No way!!! Finally I found a small street hidden away where there was a spot. It was a few blocks from where I wanted to shoot from, but as I got out of my vehicle I noticed I had a great view right where I was. I love it when things come together this way.
So here is a little seasonal gift from me to all of you.
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- University of Maryland, College ParkElectrical Engineering, 1999
- University of OregonMBA, 2009
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