A Whirling Motion of Fluid or Air
August 2, 2019 1:52 PM   Subscribe

Photographer and storm chaser Mike Olbinski spent two years capturing the footage shown in this absolutely stunning short film. Via kottke.org: "We often talk about the damage we are doing to nature, and as often about the catastrophes this is bringing across the globe. And well we should. But we have to also remember that even when it looks enraged, nature is also worth our admiration."
posted by westface (11 comments total) 40 users marked this as a favorite
 
That's a lot of my summers.
posted by Fukiyama at 2:59 PM on August 2, 2019


Just wow really, yes, watched it in awe. I know it's sped up but I wonder how many times Mike had to race away to safety! Weird how one of the original postings was from twistedsifter

We're seeing a lot more of these here NZ in the last five years.
posted by unearthed at 3:31 PM on August 2, 2019


This world, man. Damn.
posted by Chrischris at 4:39 PM on August 2, 2019 [1 favorite]


Beside being mesmerizing, you might be able to convince me at least some of those "clouds" are really alien spaceships.
posted by ezust at 4:40 PM on August 2, 2019 [3 favorites]


This amazing alive place we live! Breathtaking.
posted by Oyéah at 5:39 PM on August 2, 2019


This drives home how clouds are simply reactions to conditions rather than just floating pretty things.
posted by Sreiny at 5:40 PM on August 2, 2019 [4 favorites]


you might be able to convince me at least some of those "clouds" are really alien spaceships.

Yeah, a couple of them made me think of the arrival of the mothership in Independence Day.
posted by Greg_Ace at 8:59 PM on August 2, 2019


That was an excellent use of 7 minutes; thank you for posting. One thing I miss about living in flatlands is watching storms. Maine has plenty of storms, but not that wide open country to watch them.
posted by theora55 at 5:52 AM on August 3, 2019 [1 favorite]


Thanks for this. When dark clouds gather, take shelter where you can find it. But if the clouds are ominously green, take immediate shelter in something safe cause that’s the color they turn when they are pissed
posted by forforf at 7:49 AM on August 3, 2019


It's quite astonishing the math that gets exposed in these storms. Lines of force, waves, vectors, strange attractors. Really quite breathtaking.
posted by scalefree at 10:27 AM on August 3, 2019


Argh you beat me to posting this by one day!
posted by Eyebrows McGee at 9:29 PM on August 3, 2019


« Older Great. Now I'm even uncertain about how uncertain...   |   Melville at 200 Newer »


This thread has been archived and is closed to new comments