On a fall weekend, my friend and lifestyle photographer Carly Laine was traveling to the Georgia Canyons for a lifestyle shoot. I tagged along and it quickly became a dicey situation. A Severe Weather Watch had been issued for the day but being a landscape photographer and meteorologist this is what I look for when shooting.
We made it safely to the State Park, as warnings for tornadoes started for the counties we were traveling through. Just 10-minutes after getting to the park, a rain wrapped tornado was headed in our direction. We took cover and followed the tornado on radar. It was camera shy with the rain pouring down sideways, but we still found it fascinating to track it as it passed within 1/4 mile of our car.
It moved through the State Park and out onto the interstate where it did the most damage.
As the threat subsided and visuals become better, we exited our vehicle and explored the top trails looking over the Canyons. This photo was taken overlooking the seven canyons just minutes after the tornado had passed.
It was a beautiful adventure, one in which we stayed safe through access to technology. The sky rewarded us with a beautiful shelf cloud as the next cell approached behind the tornado warned cell.
Since I can remember the sky has been my favorite piece of artwork. I use to spend hours just staring at it as it changed. It's what lead me to be a meteorologist and a landscape photographer.
When I met my husband, I ended up with some bonus relationships. His family is awesome. And his dad shared my hobby of photography. He use to love sharing his photographs with us. We'd pop them up on television screens in their house, our house and even on the TVs on our family vacations.
When I started adding items to my favorite bookcase. I knew I wanted some older cameras. Mike mentioned it to his dad. The next day he brought over two of his cameras. He was the most generous human you'd ever meet. As a teacher he would take trashed computers, laptops, etc. that others thought had no life left in them, he'd soup them up with more RAM, new batteries, new cords, whatever was needed to bring them back to life. And he'd give them away to his students. His school was in an underserved population and the computers were a great leg up in access to technology.
So its from him that I have received this awesome gift!
Charitable giving was first articulated by Moses Ben Maimon, a 12th-century intellectual who was born in Spain and later resided in Morocco and Egypt.
Known as Maimonides or Rambam, he created a metaphor of an eight-rung ladder that donors can ascend to get closer to heaven. At the lowest level, donors give grudgingly. At the highest, they help people in need become self-sustaining. Thank you David for your daily generosity and your loving spirit. I know that you did not give to ascend this ladder but found the ideas of Rambam interesting all the same. We love and miss your beautiful spirit!
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