A storm-chasing photographer has shared a beautiful series of images showcasing the raw power of nature, including shots of a churning tornado across the prairies of Kansas, lightning strikes near Bowie, Texas and a gigantic tornadic supercell spinning above the highway.
The images were captured by Mike Mezeul II, a photographer who is no stranger to travelling to get the perfect shot, and whose past work includes stunning pictures of lava flowing in Hawaii beneath the milky way. “I have been chasing and photographing thunderstorms for the past 16 years now. I started the day I got my first set of car keys and never looked back. I don’t think that I choose the locations, nature does,” Mike told Lonely Planet Travel News.
Mike spends time searching for interesting conditions along the Texas-Mexico border, and up to North Dakota in a region known as Tornado Alley. The work requires a lot of time and a substantial knowledge of the atmosphere and the ingredients needed to create storms. “I originally pursued a degree in atmospheric science, but changed majors halfway through. When out there chasing, you have to approach each storm with an attitude of knowing that anything is possible, but most of all, respect. One wrong move, one wrong decision and it could be game over,” Mike said.
Mike’s work has amassed him close to 50,000 followers on Instagram, where he frequently shares images of beautiful natural locations all around the world, as well as city scapes and urban scenes. More of Mike’s work is available on his website and his Instagram handle is @MikeMezPhoto.