What was meteorologist Glenn Zimmerman’s first love?

ST. LOUIS — As FOX 2’s chief meteorologist, Glenn Zimmerman can view atmospheric data on a screen or computer printout and use that model and information to tell residents of the greater St. Louis area what to expect when they walk out the door. But there’s another side to Glenn’s keen mind, one where his keen perception isn’t based on numbers or dates, but on mood and his own two eyes.

As a child, Glenn says he was fascinated by nature and entranced by Ansel Adams’ photography. He could face an Adams landscape and be transported to the mountain ranges or parks of the American West.

Glenn first studied photography in college and once applied to be a photographer with the National Parks Service.

“…and going around with a giant manual camera and shooting Ansel Adams style…I didn’t get the job,” he says. “When I went to college I wanted to be some kind of photographer; a newspaper photographer, an artistic photographer, anything.”

When he’s not on the air, Glenn swaps his high-top sneakers for shoes more used to the great outdoors. And while he can show his gift by photographing breathtaking views or Sedona sunsets, Glenn can unveil the wonderful in the mundane, whether it’s a long-abandoned can of beer or a lost french fry.

Glenn can shoot in black and white or color with equal aplomb. But it is the feeling of the environment where he intuitively makes a decision for a certain medium.

“It depends on the situation,” says Glenn. “It depends on the mood of the capture. Every photo has a different vibe, so there are some that scream color and others that scream black and white.”

The latter spans the spectrum from locations like New Orleans and Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. Glenn is guided by his love of the landscape and the quiet majesty of Mother Nature.

Glenn admittedly takes lots of pictures of a variety of subjects, but protects those closest to him.

“I don’t necessarily flaunt the people in my life, but I do have a lot of photos of my kids, my family, my grandkids and all of that. But they don’t show up anywhere but at my house,” he says. “So what’s showing up online is mostly nature and objects and things like that.”

The mood of the day—yes, the weather itself—influences Glenn’s decisions.

“(Sunday) I took pictures of… rotting pumpkins. And it’s just the mood of the day. It was cloudy, it was cold, it was drizzling. And rotting pumpkins, that’s just the mood of the day,” he says, undecided as to whether or not these photos will appear on social media.

When asked what he uses to photograph, Glenn gives an answer that would satisfy the passionate and sarcastic.

“I use my eyes,” he crows. “That’s a smart answer.”

He uses different types of cameras, from the iPhone to the homemade shoebox camera. Digital or film, whatever is available to him.

“There’s an old saying, the best camera is the one you have with you,” he says.

Like every photographer, Glenn has his favorite places – places that mean something special and evoke a sensual memory for him.

“There’s a valley in New Mexico that’s one of my favorite places. There’s a lake in Minnesota that’s one of my favorite places. So when I photograph those areas, they are stunning to me.”

But the act of photography is not a heady subject. It’s not a superpower. To Glenn, if you see something that makes you feel something and you want to remember that feeling, get out your camera.

“I think everyone does that. It doesn’t matter whether the photo is post-worthy or not. If it’s a photo that captures a moment you want to remember, you’ll remember that moment,” he says.

For more photos of Glenn, visit his Instagram, Tumblr, and Facebook pages.