The photo on the banner of this blog is one I took with my iPhone camera in panorama mode on April 2, 2014, in Tulsa, Oklahoma, just before 8:00 in the evening.
I have over 3,000 hours of flying time, most of it above 30,000 feet, and I’ve seen clouds you would not believe. But I’ve never seen a cloud like this one.
It began earlier that afternoon with a big thunderstorm rolling in to Tulsa out of the west. Lots of growling and ominously dark clouds, but only a smattering of rain.
My daughter Shelley was in another part of town and reported they were getting hail there, and suggested we move the newer car inside the garage.
The storm continued passing, and by 4:00 in the afternoon, we could see blue sky off to the west.
Along about 7:00 that evening, we decided to go shopping in the nearby mall for some necessity, and when we came out, I saw this cloud.
I stood rooted to the spot for a moment, just taking in the glory and splendor of the thing. Then I knew I had to capture the moment if I could, as I’d never seen anything like it before.