After a day of storms and a suspected tornado on August 21st 2012 I spent the evening uploading images onto the computer then planned on having a relaxed evening until I got a text alert from Paul Martin asking ''can you see that mamma from Maghera?'', I grabbed the gear and walked back to the same location I was at earlier to check out the sky, blimey what a surprise, along the entire SW to S sky was a line of stunning cells with the underside of the anvils sporting mammatus and all lit from below by the setting sun into a spectacular scene, what impressed me the most was that those cells where over Omagh which is very far from Maghera and yet they were a striking sight in the sky, I messed up my own images of the sunset scene because I accidentally had my camera on fluorescent white balance while taking images of my Dog in the house earlier so I missed the best part of the show.

The scene was still majestic and beautiful long after sunset with those distant towers and anvils crossing the southern skyline behind Slieve Gallion heading for the S side of Lough Neagh all against a lovely dusk sky. This is a noisy image as I used ISO1600 which shows the grain very easily but even so you get the idea, it was fantastic watching these cells as darkness arrived accompanied by the occasional chirping from Birds settling down for the night. It was hard to believe that I was watching a possible tornado from this very spot hours earlier, it now seemed like a life time ago, nature sure was good to me this day, read the report for more information. * All images are available for sale in the form of photo prints, canvas or digital files for licensing, if you are interested in a purchase simply drop me an email.