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Railroad tracks leading into the storm

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Comments (15)

Greg Stringham on July 18, 2012

Hi Ralph, great shot, we were in some of those storms on Saturday. Greetings, Greg.

Ralph Maughan on July 18, 2012

Thanks Greg.

Yes those storms were quite impressive.

Ingrid Millinger on July 31, 2012

WOW what a view! L1 and greetings , Ingrid

Ralph Maughan on July 31, 2012


It's good to hear from you again. Thanks!

© Tom Cooper on August 17, 2012

I love this sky. The texture, and the layers of backlighting, just perfect.

Ralph Maughan on August 17, 2012


Thanks!! I knew I had a good pic as soon as I climbed up on the tracks and saw the texture and details from nearground to far distance.

Pierre Durand on October 22, 2012

Beautiful landscape Ralph !!! LK

Greetings --Pierre

Alireza Javaheri on November 26, 2012
  • Very good photo * like* , greetings - A-J
Ralph Maughan on November 26, 2012


Thank you.

steandeb on November 27, 2012

Looks like trouble ahead Ralph?

Michel Chéron on December 28, 2012

Beau paysage


Christos Theodorou on October 24, 2014

Marvelous image & amazing atmosphere. Greetings.

Ralph Maughan on October 25, 2014

Christos Theodorou,

Thank you for examining my photographs and your encouraging comments.

John Keeran on March 16, 2015

Reminds me of the Great Tri-State Tornado of Wednesday, March 18, 1925, the most destructive tornadic system in U.S. history killing almost 700 people - many of whom were farmers known to be tornado savvy. The twister(s) hid within a black cloud of debris hiding its shape and and obscuring the fact that it was a tornado. It traveled parallel to railroad tracks, and the thundering noise was thought to be an approaching train until the sound became deafening and too late for anyone to react. Whole towns were scraped from the face of the Earth. This Wednesday will be the exact 90th anniversary (date & day of the week) of this terrible event. An ominous yet powerful image as well as reminder given the railroad tracks coming right at the viewer. This may have been the same view that the victims had as death approached. Great capture. Like & Fave! -JAK

Ralph Maughan on March 17, 2015


It is interesting to learn this image might be similar to that great tornado of almost exactly 90 years ago. A few tornados do sweep through this part of Idaho where I took the photo. They rarely exceed F1, however.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on July 17, 2012
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Ralph Maughan
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot S100
    • Taken on 2012/07/16 17:31:12
    • Exposure: 0.010s (1/100)
    • Focal Length: 5.20mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO100
    • Exposure Bias: -0.67 EV
    • No flash