By early afternoon of May 6th 2014 things were looking promising in my home area of Maghera as the cloud thinned and broke allowing short episodes of sun to break through and the effects on the clouds were immediate. Soon the flat skies gave way to chunky elements then towers and young cells began to grow, it actually felt very warm and humid and that everything was falling into place perfectly. A nasty extremely low level base passed over the Sperrins and was moving in over the adjacent fields close to my house so I 'chased' after it on foot by literally walking to the bottom of the road with a good view across the countryside, this was facing N with the black cell base moving from L to R with precip breaking out, it looked like the clouds were about to burst. The cows in this field took a great interest in what I was doing, perhaps they thought I was taking images of them and not the clouds, the light was fantastic with the sun beaming down overhead turning the field and cows into vibrant colours which made for a nice photo opportunity.

The cows decided to check me out and walked over to investigate, they were very friendly and of good nature and seemed to pose for my images, I even took a little video clip of this scene as it looked very dramatic. At one stage the most curious member of the herd stuck his nose through a gap in the wire fence and began sniffing my camera lens, I was thinking at the time that this would have been an ideal scene had there been a funnel cloud hanging from that base, foreground and light like this doesn't happen too often that's for sure, 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.