On a fall weekend, my friend and lifestyle photographer Carly Laine was traveling to the Georgia Canyons for a lifestyle shoot. I tagged along and it quickly became a dicey situation. A Severe Weather Watch had been issued for the day but being a landscape photographer and meteorologist this is what I look for when shooting.
We made it safely to the State Park, as warnings for tornadoes started for the counties we were traveling through. Just 10-minutes after getting to the park, a rain wrapped tornado was headed in our direction. We took cover and followed the tornado on radar. It was camera shy with the rain pouring down sideways, but we still found it fascinating to track it as it passed within 1/4 mile of our car.
It moved through the State Park and out onto the interstate where it did the most damage.
As the threat subsided and visuals become better, we exited our vehicle and explored the top trails looking over the Canyons. This photo was taken overlooking the seven canyons just minutes after the tornado had passed.
It was a beautiful adventure, one in which we stayed safe through access to technology. The sky rewarded us with a beautiful shelf cloud as the next cell approached behind the tornado warned cell.
Rachel Aissen is an award-winning meteorologist,