By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
These are the out-of-this-world pictures produced by a landscape photographer who ran toward terrifying storms instead of away from them.
Mitch Dobrowner has had a passion for photograph since he was a teenager growing up on Long Island, New York.
He made his home in the American Southwest, the site of many spectacular and deadly weather events.
His work has been recognized around the world, placing first at the International Photography Awards in 2009 and 2010.
'Landscapes are living eco systems and environments. They have existed well before, and will hopefully be here way beyond the time we are here,' he writes on his blog.
Nearly all of the stunning images were shot in the western U.S. - where the wide expanses of the Great Plains and high deserts allow massive tornadoes, thunderheads and other storms to unfold without visual interruption.
Mr Dobrowner's impressive work has been featured in the National Geographic magazine and published in dozens of other outlets.
'Hopefully the images presented help communicate how I feel and what I see during those times,' he writes.