BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

The brisk march of nature's wrath

I guess getting a great image is supposed to trump extreme personal discomfort when out in the field, but when it comes to mosquitoes, I admit weakness. This storm marched over northern Colorado Wednesday night, producing a steady and spectacular light show as the sun set. These storms are pretty typical around here, and each one is incredibly beautiful.

When I opened my car door on the side of Harmony Road just east of Timnath to capture the incredible cloud-to-cloud lightning coursing across this classic cumulonimbus,  the mosquito assault was immediate and brutal. I shot three frames, 15 or so seconds each, and then I packed it up. You only have to get West Nile virus once to develop a zero tolerance policy for bloodsuckers.