Trudy E. Bell, M.A.
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1913 Flood - Articles and Research
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Craig B. Waff, Ph.D., 1946-2012
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Telling a story without words
Wildflowers of the southwest
Human costs of fracking
The secret life of insects
Victoria, Australia
Death Valley
Ohio River floodwall murals
NASA's new airborne observatory SOFIA
Bicycling the C&O Canal towpath
Weather and atmospheric optics
Portrait photography
Black and white film photography
Science Education Summit
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Since the 1990s, my motto has been: whenever the sun and any type of clouds are in the sky at the same time, LOOK UP! Surprisingly often, you may see some amazing phenomenon - fog bows, sun dogs, the parhelic circle, crepuscular rays, the circumzenithal arc, the circumhorizontal arc, and much else. I now take a camera literally everywhere and keep a weather eye alert. This photograph of dramatic crepuscular rays extending from horizon past the zenith was taken in July 2000 from Winona, Minnesota; raging forest fires in Arizona and Montana had filled the stratosphere with fine dust, which acted as a rear projection screen to produce dramatic spectacles like this. I also got very interested in dramatic weather events after lightning struck my house in 2003, resulting in a 2004 cover feature "Struck by Lightning" for The Bent on the physics and frequency of lightning strikes (sometimes greatness is thrust upon you!)

All images copyright Trudy E. Bell - check back from time to time for more images as weather happens!
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