Clouds in the sky from an airplane

(click to see this a bit larger with a darker border)

Perhaps it may surprise you, or maybe it makes total sense, but when I was a kid and thought about what it would be like to have the powers of Superman…I didn’t care about x-ray or heat vision, or super strength, or super-breath or even super-speed.

No, it was the flying. And the picture above is kind of what I dreamed about seeing if I was ever given the gift of flight. Soaring through the clouds, getting to look at them up-close…it was awesome to think about.

So of course I had to link this image to Superman for Movie Title Wednesday. I actually don’t have the love for the movie like you might think considering I was three years old when it came out. When I did get around to liking superheroes and saw the film…it probably already seemed a little bit old to me. Regardless, the first big screen version of Superman was awesome and Christopher Reeve will always be remembered for it. The rest of the films haven’t been that amazing and the latest entry, Superman Returns, was ugh. I absolutely LOVE superhero films, so I’m praying the next release puts Superman back up there with the Iron Man, Spider-man and  Batman franchises.

This of course is another image from my flight to Little Rock a few weeks back. You may remember the previous one I posted, it’s similar to this one, but I think I like this one better. You’ll laugh at me for knowing ahead of time that we’d be hitting Oklahoma around late afternoon, severe weather was in the forecast, so I sat where I sat to get a nice view north. It was all still luck, but when I was looking out the window and saw the dark clouds looming ahead…I felt like I had set this up perfectly!

I’ve never had a flight like this and I dunno if I will again. But if I ever win the lottery or something, I’ll probably hire my own airplane to become my stormchasing vehicle and start shooting this stuff from the sky. Landscapes from the sky are just so epic and breathtaking…it would be fun to do more often.

(exif: canon 5d mark ii, canon 50mm 1.4, f/7.1, iso 100, 1/250th)


  • Jesse

    Jesus. Epic shot and I love how you took your trademark image to the skies. Really cool!

  • Chris DeAngelis

    Crazy awsome cloulds! I love how the light rays seem to be coming through below the cloud tower.

  • Bob Lussier

    Good lord. This is just awesome!

  • Jim Denham

    Gorgeous work Mike! Wonderful light rays and great cloud formations!

  • Chris Frailey

    Those clouds are insane with the light coming through. Gotta love Mother Nature. Nice job Mike.

  • Scott Ackerman

    I can see it now. The first TIA (Tornado Intercept Airplane). 🙂 Congrats on the amazing shot bud.

  • Chris Nitz

    Wow, I dunno if I can even sum up how badass this shot is in words. I think I’ll leave it at that and stare at the photo a bit longer.

  • Hans

    Wow great capture! You must have had the kryptonite that day!

  • Jan Winther

    Outstanding shot. Its always cool to see what happens above the clouds – the side we rarely see. Great stuff.

  • Heather Kitchen

    OMG! Mike, that is simply AWESOME!

  • Curt Fleenor

    Awesome Mike!!

  • Chrisdmrf

    So much to take in: the central tower the dark clouds above and the billowing white CU-NIM then there’s the light rays. EPIC

  • Jason Hines

    Amazing capture man.. Great work!

  • Toad Hollow Photography

    Good God Mike, I forgot to breath while I was looking at your image here! Jeez dude, this is incredible! Absolutely dramatic and brooding!

  • Ryan Sexton

    I like the one in center going straight down. Very cool shot Mike.

  • Scott Wyden Kivowitz

    Stunning image!

  • Dave DiCello

    Mike this is IT man!!!!! I mean, one of the most amazing images I’ve ever seen

  • Capnschwartz

    Sometimes… I feel your posts are just for me! And for the record that pic is AWESOME!!!

  • Mark Blundell

    Crazy clouds and light rays, what a great shot.

  • Scott Wood

    This image really needs to be printed a million times on one of this inspirational posters. Seriously, I keep expecting to walk into my office and seeing it. 🙂