A California policeman’s journey across the United States has spawned an amazing timelapse video of roiling cloud, sky-spanning stars, Northern Lights and more

Everyone loves a good timelapse, but sometimes it’s easy to feel as though you’ve seen it all.

That’s why we found Jeff Boyce’s video “Edge of Stability” to be a real breath of fresh air. Taken during time off from Boyce’s regular job as a police officer, the video crosses fifteen states in the USA, eventually passing into Canada, and shows a series of truly stunning weather events and storms.

This was no accident. Jeff’s long had an interest in storms, and for his trip he used the Storm Prediction Center to find where severe weather was likely to occur. Then, he did the exact opposite of what any ordinary person would do, and drove straight towards them.

Speaking to KSL.com, Jeff said that some days he drove more than 600 miles to get to a particular storm, but found it to be more than worth it. When he was unlucky and din’t catch one, he would photograph the night sky instead, and some of these shots made it into “Edge of Stability”.

Jeff reckons that in total he took around 70,000 shots on his trip, and about 30% of these made it into the video. He also found the time to produce a few other timelapse videos, such as “From Blue Sky to Tornado”, which is exactly what it sounds like, and is terrifying. Watch below:

Jeff’s journey took him through the states of Utah, California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Wyoming, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota, as well as Manitoba, Canada.

He said he was inspired to try making some timelapses by the photography of Nicolaus Wegner, who is well worth your time if you’ve never encountered him before.

Incredibly, Jeff has only taken up photography as a hobby in the past couple of years, an “Edge of Stability” is his first proper go at a timelapse! We’re looking forward to seeing what he comes out with in the future.

See more from Jeff at his photography website: negativetilt.com.