(CBS News) I've been on a nature time-lapse kick lately.Today we're going to see a force of nature unfold in all its grandeur. Go ahead and click play to watch a rotating supercell form.
The breath-taking footage, shot on June 3rd near Booker, TX, was created and posted on Vimeo by photographer Mike Olbinski who writes about the background:
It took four years but I finally got it.
A rotating supercell. And not just a rotating supercell, but one with insane structure and amazing movement.
I've been visiting the Central Plains since 2010. Usually it's just for a day, or three, or two...but it took until the fourth attempt to actually find what I'd been looking for. And boy did we find it.
No, there was no tornado. But that's not really what I was after. I'm from Arizona. We don't get structure like this. Clouds that rotate and look like alien spacecraft hanging over the Earth.
We chased this storm from the wrong side (north) and it took us going through hail and torrential rains to burst through on the south side. And when we did...this monster cloud was hanging over Texas and rotating like something out of Close Encounters.
The timelapse was shot on a Canon 5D Mark II with a Rokinon 14mm 2.8 lens. It's broken up into four parts. The first section ends because it started pouring on us. We should have been further south when we started filming but you never know how long these things will last, so I started the timelapse as soon as I could.
One thing to note early on in the first part is the way the rain is coming down on the right and actually being sucked back into the rotation. Amazing.
A few miles south is where part two picks up. And I didn't realize how fast it was moving south, so part three is just me panning the camera to the left. During that third part you can see dust along the cornfield being pulled into the storm as well...part of the strong inflow.
The final part is when the storm had started dying out and we shot lightning as it passed over us.
Between the third and fourth portions we drove through Booker, Texas where tornado sirens were going off...it was creepy as all heck. And intense.
I hope you enjoy this. [One] thing I've learned about timelapsing is that I always wish it would be longer or wouldn't end. I wish I had been south and been able to record this storm come at me for 45 minutes.
While getting more footage would have been nice, words like "amazing" and "intense" don't begin to do this justice. It's like seeing the polar opposite of the "Nature, You Scary!" meme. (Though possibly only in light of no tornado occurring.) A big triple-rainbow salute of nature shown spectacular goes out to Mike from all of us here at The Feed for this tremendous piece! And to check out more phenomenal work by Mike Olbinski, be sure to visit his website by clicking here.
UPDATE: The creator of the video wrote a very nice note to yours truly in the Comments below.