Waterspout photographed at Boca Chica beach on the Gulf of México near Brownsville, TX
Olympus E-3, 1/100 @ f/14, ISO 100

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Waterspouts do not suck up water; the water seen in the main funnel cloud is actually water droplets formed by condensation. They have a five-part life cycle: formation of a dark spot on the water surface, spiral pattern on the water surface, formation of a spray ring, development of the visible condensation funnel, and ultimately decay. Taken from Wikipedia > Waterspout (Wiki).

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  • Richard G Witham
    Richard G Withamover 1 year ago

    Waterspout photographed at Boca Chica beach on the Gulf of México near Brownsville, TX
    Olympus E-3, 1/100 @ f/14, ISO 100

  • Krys Bailey
    Krys Baileyover 1 year ago

    Wow! This is amazing Richard, and MEGA-amazing you captured it so well! ;o)

  • Thanks Krys. I’d never seen one of these before and wasn’t sure what it was when I first saw it. I tried getting some close ups with a longer lens, but they’re a bit hazy.

    – Richard G Witham

  • cieloverde
    cieloverdeover 1 year ago

    Se viene la tormenta…
    tú estas en el preciso momento
    para captarla
    Sabes…? que he visto documentales de Estados Unidos donde
    viajan expresamente pera fotografiar
    este evento climático…..
    Me gusta tú vista y sus colores ….Muy bonita …Richard !
    Saludos de ……liliana

  • Muchas gracias Liliana. Es la primera vez que he visto este fenómeno, y si me senti afortunado.

    – Richard G Witham

  • LindaR
    LindaRover 1 year ago

    love the color and pov ~ just amazing frames!! xxx

  • Thank you Linda :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Kathilee
    Kathileeover 1 year ago

    Just amazing Richard . . . we get those at times over lake Michigan. They never seem to make it to shore, thank goodness!

  • Thanks Kathilee. This was a first for me. From what I’ve read it’s a pretty small one, but I bet if I were out there in a sailboat it would feel very big :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtover 1 year ago


  • Thanks Barbara :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Barbara Burkhardt
    Barbara Burkhardtabout 1 year ago

    Crikey means … !!!! … or …. Gosh … or …. Wow …. or …. Whaoo

  • Ha, ha, ha … that’s a lot of exclamations! Never has a Crikey meant so much. Thank you :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Guendalyn
    Guendalynabout 1 year ago


  • Grazie Guendalyn :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Heloisa Castro
    Heloisa Castroabout 1 year ago

    wonderful catch!!!

  • Thank you Heloisa :-)

    – Richard G Witham

  • Donna19
    Donna1911 months ago

    This is amazing and I hope you stuck around to ride the inside:)

  • Thanks Donna. Alas, it disappeared a moment after I took this photo.

    – Richard G Witham

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