Rotation Cell

© Tony Wilder

Rotation Cell

Uploaded: June 10, 2005 13:40:48


180/4.5, 28mm F3.5 Quantaray, Chippewa Falls WI, This rotating cell was massive. It took about an hour to build and once it did, it scared the wits out of the entire area. Both sides of the cell were lime green and the rotationg lines leading down to the mess over the horizon was muddy brown and gray. The flags in the yards went from blowing North to an about face and blowing severly South in a matter of minutes.


LISA L. HOWARD June 10, 2005

Tony, this is an awesome shot. Did it ever toouch down. I would have been terrified. #261373

Tony Wilder June 10, 2005

Yes, but not for another 30-45 mins later one county North East of me. But all day, all weekend, it was a wild ride. One cell after another. I shots 11 roll sin one weekend. Everything from double rainbows, to shelf and wall clouds to hail storms to funnel clouds. At one point the entire sky as far as I could see was yellow. And a distant rain band was slowly approaching. The adreniline really starts to pump. I don't have an incar radar yet so it gets frantic at times. #1455604

Debbie Truesdale June 10, 2005

Awesome shot!! Wouldn't want to be there!! #1455625

Lori S. Aschbrenner June 10, 2005

Whoa! This is such an awesome capture! I cannot image being there and seeing this in person. I guess I need to call my family in WI to see how they faired! What county was it where it touched down at? Sawyer? #1455672

Tony Wilder June 10, 2005

nope, Clark County, Rusk County and Dunn county got the brunt, Northern Chippewa County got some of it. #1456667

June 10, 2005

How cool is that!!!!! I Would have liked to seen it, but yet I'm glad it didn't make it across Lake Michigan. #1456703

bob cornelison June 11, 2005

Love this shot! I grew up in Okla. and we saw alot of weird clouds and changes in the weather in a matter of minutes. It was fun and scarey at the same time!
~:O) #1457065

Tony Wilder June 11, 2005

the heart sure does get pumping doesn't it, when looking so small up against mother nature?

There isn't a rush like it. #1457107

Joe Terni June 11, 2005

That is realy a terrific shot Tony.The different colors and rapid changes in the sky must be just so wonderful to photograph.Of course I dont realy know if I could shoot much from the cellar as I reckon thats where I may be! Yes certainly wonderful but real scary at times is nature.Great shot Tony. #1457995

Cynthia A. Jones June 11, 2005

It scares me just looking at it from my computer. Great Shot!! #1458413

April Riggs June 11, 2005

cool shot #1459440

Tony Wilder June 11, 2005

thanks again, for the recent comments. Maybe next time I build my home I can build a peephole out so I can shoot form the shelter from my home:) #1459629

Laura E. OConnor June 13, 2005

This is amazing! GREAT capture, Tony! #1465609

Chris Macer June 14, 2005

Amazing capture Tony! That is one scary shot! #1468966

Tony Wilder June 14, 2005

appreciate it!

In person it was sure awe inspireing. I have always had respect for mother nature, but even more now! #1470298

Mary N C. Taitt June 22, 2005

Great capture! I've seen a few of these and never managed to get a shot. Good job. #1505916

Susana Ms Heide July 06, 2005

This is such an incredibly intriguing image!! I could stare at it for a long time! But I hope I never have to see it in person. It would terrify me!!!! #1564070

Tony Wilder July 07, 2005

thanks susanna-I shot this and submitted it into the scarey Travel contest last month.

I shot this when I had my Minolta SLR 35mm. I now have a Canon Rebel XT, and am loving it. Getting use to it, only had it 1 week:) #1566425

July 23, 2005

This is all too real of a threat. #1624726

Susana Ms Heide July 23, 2005

Congrats on this captivating finalist! #1628600

Tony Wilder July 23, 2005

ty #1629133

John Tubbs level-deluxe July 24, 2005

My heart rate picked up several points just looking at this! #1632779

Kerby Pfrangle July 25, 2005


Congratulations on your second place win.

Job well done. Kerby #1634139

Melissa L. Zavadil July 25, 2005

What a great shot!! Congratulations on this scary scary winning shot!! #1635498

Tony Wilder July 25, 2005

THANK YOU! Thanks to everyones recent kind words and THANKS ALOT to the judges. I joined this site alittle over a month ago and there's nothing about it I can't navigate or understand. It's easy to use and simple a treat to be a member of. Some excellant eye popping images are displayed EVERYDAY and ontop of that, a person can learn everyday something new.

Thanks again to the Staff of BetterPhoto and to everyone who has viewed one of my images.

(ps: We were slammed by 80+mph winds, trees knocked down and power out for a day and YES I took photos:) #1635542

Tony Wilder July 25, 2005

recently, SINCE this image was captured.
It's been a heart racing summer of TSTorms #1635556

KHAWLA Haddad July 25, 2005

Congratulations on this wonderful winner!!! #1636147

bob cornelison July 25, 2005

Congrats on this awesome shot!
~:O) #1637153

Sharon Day July 26, 2005

Awesome image, Tony!!! Big Congratulations!!! #1641778

Nicole Kessel August 21, 2005

Wonderful capture, Tony! I have a phobia of tornadoes and this really gives me chills! I'm so glad you are still here to share it! :) #1748397

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