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Storm front 28 January 1010
A strong storm shelf cloud approaching Terranora, NSW during the afternoon. We got not one drop from this monster, dumped it all to the west out there.

Shelf couds belong to the Arcus cloud group – low, horizontal cloud formations. Roll clouds and shelf clouds are the two types of arcus clouds. A shelf cloud is usually associated with the leading edge of thunderstorm outflow; roll clouds (such as the Gulf of Carpentaria’s ‘Morning Glory’ annual event) are usually formed by outflows of cold air from sea breezes or cold fronts in the absence of thunderstorms.

Canon 1DsMkII & 16-35 zoom lens

A panorama of the scene shot with my Lumix FZ35:

And I am honoured to have been featured in:

Tweed to Taree Photographers group on 29 April – a BIG thank you from me for featuring 3 images on one day!
In, and Around Brisbane on 19 May 2011
Live and Let Live 16 Dec 2011

And this image was a Top Ten placegetter in the “Tweed to Taree”: group’s April 2011 Weather Challenge

In the late 1970s I completed the 2 years of a 4 yr Professional Photography Cert at TAFE, but was defeated by the physics of lenses.
In 2004 I bought my first DSLR & now shoot full time with medium format digital and professional Canon DSLRs.
I provide tuition to small groups via photography workshops for small groups (max 5) and Photoshop PP classes, and conduct small group photography tours to Australian & (soon) NZ destinations.

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  • rina  thompson
    rina thompsonabout 4 years ago

    wow!!! now that is a set of storm clouds….

  • Thanks Rina, It was a biggie all right.

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • julie08
    julie08about 4 years ago

    Great shot :)

  • Thanks, Julie

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Munggo
    Munggoabout 4 years ago

    Wonderful shot

  • Thanks Steve, it was an impressive storm

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Sarah  Mac
    Sarah Macabout 4 years ago

    That’s amazing! Great shot!

  • Thanks Sarah, pretty awesome (in the true sense of the word) isn’t it? The power of mother nature – I love the way she pops her head up and gives us a poke in the elbow every so often.

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsalmost 4 years ago


  • Thanks Clare, I love catching these shots

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Andrew Murrell
    Andrew Murrellalmost 4 years ago

    The front looks well defined

  • It was a beaut Andrew, I thought we’d get hammered but it snuck past to the west and hammered Queensland!

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Clare Colins
    Clare Colinsalmost 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for the feature, always an honour

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • gail woodbury
    gail woodburyalmost 4 years ago

    Great shot Odille..Looks very impressive !..Congrats on the feature – well done !!

  • Thanks Gail

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

  • Rene Hales
    Rene Halesover 3 years ago

  • Jonathan Bartlett
    Jonathan Bartlettover 3 years ago


  • Thanks Jonathon

    – Odille Esmonde-Morgan

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