David Blanchard has been photographing the weather and outdoor environment for over four decades. He got his start as a photographer for a weather research project in Florida in the mid-1970s. His job was to photodocument the thunderstorms during the course of the day so that there would be visual documentation to accompany the scientific data collected.

From these simple beginnings, David Blanchard has continued to photograph the sky. He has amassed a large number of photographs displaying the many moods of the weather. His photographic specializaton has remained thunderstorms and severe weather, including hailstorms, tornadoes, and lightning.

"…What I most enjoy about photographing the weather and clouds is that there will rarely, if ever, be two identical situations. Every cloud is different and even after many years of photographing the sky, I have few images that are duplicates. It also means that there are many cloud formations that I haven't yet experienced and I look forward to seeing those...”

The photographer has had many of his weather and cloud photographs published in both magazines and books. His work has appeared in

After leaving Florida for Colorado in the early 1980s, he began to photograph the Colorado backcountry on many of his backpacking and hiking expeditions. Now he finds himself in Arizona which presents challenges and opportunities for both sky and landscape photographs.

Contact the photographer at:

David Blanchard
3892 S. Marble Canyon Tr.
Flagstaff, Arizona 86005