Northern Lights Feb 19&20

A strong solar wind coupled with a few surprise CME impacts help spark some beautiful Aurora across much of Canada and the Northern US. The video is made up of […]

The Fog

Conditions looked right for some good fog in the mountains, so I decided to take a trip to Jasper National Park to capture some of the Rocky Mountains interacting with […]

November Northern Lights

It has been an exciting few days in terms of solar activity here on earth. An enhanced solar wind stream coupled with a south pointing Bz generated nice aurora displays […]

Willy Nilly

So, I picked up an old VW Westfalia campervan named Willy Nilly (not by me!) to help make some of my adventures a bit easier (assuming no break downs!) Thought […]

Alberta Supercells

It’s been a fairly active storm season so far in Southern Alberta and this week could prove to be more of the same especially over in Saskatchewan. A few of […]


Well, day 1 of my very first Stampede in Calgay! I can see why everyone makes such a big deal about it, it’s pretty hard not to get caught up […]

Alberta Lightning

I got a little bit of a teaser tonight of the upcoming storm season for Alberta/Saskatchewan. Cell was just borderline when I left, but figured it was worth a drive […]


Earlier this year I started messing around with timelapse videos, sometimes a static photo doesn’t do enough justice. 2000+ photos set to music really helps capture the beauty of the Canadian Rockies. […]


In the early morning hours of May 18, 2013 the Earth was struck a glancing blow from a CME originating from an X Class solar flare on the sun. Luckily, […]

Northern Lights Data

I decided to make my life easier and consolidate all the data needed to keep on top of Northern Lights activity on one page. Also, to share that with everyone. So, […]

The Mountains

I moved to Calgary recently, and have just fallen in love with the mountains here. I try to get out as often as I can to photograph them, as they […]

November Lightning

A line of storms swept across Southern Ontario tonight giving Toronto one more quick light show for the season! Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 13 sec Aperture f/5.6 ISO/Film 200 November Lightning by […]

Hurricane Sandy in Toronto

Spent the night getting some pictures of the effects of Hurricane Sandy in Toronto. Winds started picking up at around 6pm reaching maximum strength at about midnight with peak gusts […]

DIY Rain Guard

I’ve always been asked how I keep my equipment dry while shooting storms, and I figure with Hurricane Sandy on the way now would be a good time to share! […]

Morning, Night, and Sandy

The clouds over Toronto were looking pretty good tonight,  had to take a shot. Also, as a bonus – a sunrise too! Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 5 sec Aperture f/10 ISO/Film 160 […]

Fall Skies

Couldn’t resist getting a shot of the beautiful fall sky. Also, no cranes in the way – bonus! Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 1/4 sec Aperture f/16 ISO/Film 50

Northern Lights Oct 9, 2012

I wasn’t even going to go out tonight. I saw that there was some activity going on that could see some northern lights forming, but I had too much work […]

Toronto Fog

It’s that time of year again where the temperature starts dropping to meet the dew point – and the result is blankets of fog over Toronto. Many more nights like […]

Last Sunrise of the Summer

The very last sunrise of the summer sure was a beautiful one! The city was covered in some high clouds, and the sun would just keep peeking through creating some […]

Lightning and Barn

I thought that this would be the very last storm we would see for the 2012 storm season in Ontario – and it was just borderline. I had been watching […]

Storm Clouds over Toronto

This storm was a little unexpected, while the cloud structure looks really cool – it did not produce anything severe, only rain! Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark III Focal Length 24mm Shutter Speed 1 sec Aperture f/3.5 ISO/Film 320 […]

Multiple CN Tower Strikes

Taken on August 24, 2012 – exactly 1 year ago during one of the biggest electrical storms I’ve ever seen in Toronto. The first Picture is a composite image of […]

Freak Storm – Aug 10

So this started out as a small cell in the Fergus area that just wouldn’t die – hung around for a couple hours then moved a bit west to Orangeville, hung around […]

Lightning Chase Night!

July 25, 2012 saw just about every storm chaser in southern ontario pulling an all nighter. A front moving across from Michigan was set to produce some severe weather over […]

Northern Lights

Felt the need to make a blog post about this. I have been wanting to hunt down the northern lights for several years now, and I finally had the opportunity […]

Reaching Out

Some of my favourite cloud structure from the year – looks like the storm is reaching out to grasp the city. I will NEVER get bored of watching storms hitting […]

Toronto & Lightning

Not very long after the first chase day of 2012 the second storm of the year to hit Toronto lays down some impressive lightning bolts. Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 30 […]

First Chase Day of 2012

This was the first “real” chase day of 2012. Conditions looked perfect for storms to develop around Stratford, Ontario in the early afternoon. I headed out around 2pm aiming for […]

Beautiful Sunset Storm

This evening I was taking some photos of the sunset, when I turned around and saw that I had my back to the most beautiful storm that I have ever […]


Ok ok.. I know this has nothing to do with the weather, but it was victoria day today and I couldn’t help but get out and take some shots of […]

Foggy Sunrise

Beautiful foggy sunrise after a night of thunderstorms. Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 1/640 sec Aperture f/7.1 ISO/Film 100 Foggy Sunrise by Richard Gottardo


Tonight is the night of the “Supermoon” also known as the “Perigee” moon happens when the moon’s closest approach to the Earth coincides with a full moon. The perigee and the full […]

First Strike of 2012

The first lightning strike from the first storm to hit Toronto in 2102 (trust me, I was watching!)   Camera Canon EOS 5D Mark II Focal Length 45mm Shutter Speed 20 sec Aperture f/8 ISO/Film 100 Toronto Lightning Strike […]

Foggy Sunrise

Woke up this morning, looked out my window and was greeted by the most amazing sunrise I have ever seen! Coincidentally, the morning after my birthday – luckily, my camera […]