portfolio thumbnail Chasing Gilbert

I was travelling across Texas in a motorhome making landscape photographs on 10 x 8 film. We were hit by a huge storm. Hurricane Gilbert was an extremely powerful tropical cyclone that formed during the 1988 Atlantic hurricane season and brought widespread destruction to the Caribbean and the Gulf of Mexico. It was the most intense hurricane ever observed in the Atlantic basin. Gilbert was also one of the largest tropical cyclones ever observed in the Atlantic basin. At one point, its tropical storm-force winds measured 588 mi (946 km) in diameter. In addition, Gilbert was the most intense tropical cyclone in recorded history to strike Mexico. Its effect upon the landscape was dramatic deadly and beautiful. I could not resist chasing it however threatening it was for a short period of time.