BLOWN AWAY: A year through the lens of The Tornado Hunter

In his own words and stunning colour photographs, Johnson crosses the 49th Parallel to bring a fresh and intimate perspective to the life of the storm-chaser on both sides of the border.

The reader travels with Johnson through 12 American states and two Canadian provinces (Saskatchewan and Manitoba) in his quest to not only intercept, but document, some of the season’s most powerful storms, like the F5 tornado that devastated Joplin, Missouri on May 22, 2011.

Blown Away is also a look inside the world of severe weather photography, and Johnson provides tantalizing detail of his equipment and shot strategies that will satisfy the amateur and professional photographer alike.

If you follow me on Twitter, you know I’ve been raving about this book for the past few weeks and today it’s finally available on store shelves across Canada and at Chapters Indigo online!  Look for it in Walmart, Chapters Indigo, Coles and Rally (airport!) stores across the country today.

I loved this book on sight – the book presents well with it’s large 12 x 17 landscape size which still doesn’t do justice to the beautiful shots taken by Greg Johnson capturing nature’s wrath, fury, and absolute beauty.

In the book, Greg details his first storm hunting season (the reader learns it’s not storm chasing as you don’t want to be behind the storm, you want to intercept it!) in 157 gorgeous pages.  He shares his emotional experience in Joplin, Missouri when the devastating tornado on hit May 22, 2011 as well as stories of storms literally next door in towns across Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Fans of storm chasing television (like my husband and son) will appreciate the CHASER CODE boxes in pages throughout the book, detailing vocab and facts about storm chasing.  On that note, my husband and son (7) have been reading this book together and discussing the photographs.  Now, every time the sky clouds over my son is hopeful we’re going to get a storm!  It occurred to me that BLOWN AWAY is a great gift idea for Father’s Day, after watching them together.

1 have an exclusive copy of BLOWN AWAY: A year through the lens of The Tornado Hunter to give away to one of my readers!

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  1. Leanne M says:

    it looks like a great book for my husband and sons to read together.

  2. ColleenMarie82 says:

    I think it looks like a very interesting book that my husband would enjoy. I live in the midwest so these storms are real life.

  3. I dream of being a storm chaser when I retire, so I think the book sounds very interesting.

  4. Debbie W says:

    Weather phenomena fascinates us. This would be an interesting read.

  5. Tania Smith says:

    I’ve been following the hype. It’s weird to say but I LOVE storms. I would also love to win this book.

  6. Ooooo, looks like a wonderful read! 😀

  7. I’ve always been fascinated with the power of weather. This book looks really interesting to me.

  8. I have a son who would love this book.

  9. Samorjj says:

    I can barely point and click a digital camera. These photos are amazing!

  10. andalene says:

    I think this would be amazingly interesting. WOW. Some people have the most unique lives.

  11. these photos are stunning! would love to own this book

  12. Jessica S says:

    It looks like a interesting read!

  13. My dream is to chase storms!! I sure hope I can do this next year!! Maybe Greg will take me along for a week or so!!

  14. The photos look great! I would never chase storms myself but love watching shows about it. This looks like a great book.

  15. Debbie W says:
  16. i love looking through natural hazards books, and pictures – and watching those shows! so i think the book would be awesome!!

  17. angela m says:

    I think my husband and daughter would enjoy reading this book

  18. Looks like a fun book

  19. Oh boy – this book has my dad’s name written all over it

  20. Andrea Amy says:

    OMGosh my husband would LOVE this book. In fact, for his vacation from work this year, he’s actually going down to Oklahoma with Cloud9 tours to do some Tornado chasing. This would make the perfect Father’s Day Gift. (He actually gets back home on Father’s Day after his tour)

  21. Laura S. says:

    I think my husband would really enjoy this book.

  22. Virginia Rowell says:

    I sounds great, my son would love this, he is always looking for signs of tornados!

  23. I saw a tornado when I was little and have always been intrigued by them. Twister was also my favorite movie so this puts me in mind of it. Would love to read a book about it.

  24. The photography looks amazing. My husband is an amateur ohotgrapher. We both love to read. Sounds like a perfect fit!

  25. It looks beautiful and there IS an empty spot on coffee table…. 😉

  26. looks like a great bood

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