Stasis

Ashland Dinner Plates

It has been an interesting week of winter.  After a couple of weeks of unseasonably warm weather, we had a bout of rain, then normal temperatures.  After the rain, we stayed dry, but there was enough moisture to keep us in clouds.

But on Monday and Tuesday, the clouds got really interesting.  We had evenings of one of my favorite clouds – altocumulus standing lenticular.  That’s their name because they are in the middle of the cloud layers, they appear to stand still (relative to the ground) and they are lens shaped.

Beautiful to look at, but you sure don’t want to fly a plane through them.  Unless you are piloting a glider, then it’s “fight on!”.

Since we are lacking very distinct peaks around here, the clouds form, but they don’t become very distinct themselves.  So instead of forming over one specific mountain, we can see them scattered throughout the sky.  Get several of them forming over one peak and it looks like a stack of dinner plates.

Ashland Dinner Plates

A bit of a mess in the sky.

To give you an idea of the wind speeds involved, here in the valley we were less than 5 mph.  At the time I took this picture, the sensor up on the top of Mount Ashland was showing 45 mph.  A touch breezy.

I was hoping to catch those moments when the setting sun lights them perfectly, but that didn’t happen, no thanks to cloud cover further west.  But it was still fun to watch, especially since we could see ripples form on the upwind (right) side and travel the length of the cloud before disappearing off the downwind (left) side.

OK, enough geeking.

Except for one question…

What are your favorite clouds?

Two Valleys

Spring is here.  Even though we didn’t have much of a winter.

It’s dry down low in the valleys, but enough moisture in the upper levels to give us some clouds, which at least helps make the photos interesting.

Two Valleys

Luckily this day, there was enough moisture in the clouds that at least a few drops made it to the distant valley floor.

Character

While the last two posts have been longer exposures (15 seconds and 5 seconds, respectively) to lend a mood, an atmosphere if you will, to the image, an element of character ends up missing.

For the “Stormy McLoughlin“, the 15 second exposure, the character was really in the clouds.  Sweeping across the frame, each cloud was its own character.  In the longer exposure, the textures disappear in the sky and water and give a sense of an oil painting.

A fun feel, but missing some of the texture.

Here’s a similar angle, with a different orientation, and with a much quicker exposure (1/40th second) to capture the character of the clouds and lake.

Character

Do you have a preference?  If so, what does it for you?  What doesn’t do it for you?

Stormy McLoughlin

While the last post was looking west towards the approaching storms, this view is around the bend in the shoreline, looking north across Lake of the Woods to Mount McLoughlin.

The showers were moving quickly.

Fortunately.

Stormy McLoughlin

You might recognize this view from March of last year, when the lake was frozen solid, which allowed me to approach the downed tree more closely.  That day there were folks out in the middle of the lake ice fishing and there were tracks in all directions left by snowmobiles.

If you’ve been following, you’ll recall that we haven’t had much of a winter here this past year.  So everything looks like it’s ready for a summer of frolicking, even though the water is still too cold for that.

 

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who took advantage of my spring sale on photographs.  I do appreciate your support and encouragement!

April Showers

Looking west across Lake of the Woods, watching a snow shower form and spread over Brown Mountain in the distance, blocking the sun and dropping the temperature quite rapidly where we were standing.  It was fun to watch the curtain of snow slowly move towards us, but stay just to our south (frame left).

April Showers

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Felled

Goddess, Skinny and I took a nice break today, exploring back and side roads in the national forest just outside of town.  The weather cooperated nicely, being a relatively balmy 52ºF (+11ºC) and cloudy here in town, rapidly changing to 35ºF (+2ºC) and neurotic mix of rain, snow grains, snow, ice pellets and snow grains throughout the day as we climbed a few thousand feet and spent the day there.

It really couldn’t have been better, although some of the back roads really weren’t ready to be driven on.  We’ll go back later in the year when it’s drier.

Moving from spot to spot, I always had an eye out for anything that caught my eye.

This did.

Goddess did not see it, but sure felt the seat belt doing its job as I tested the brakes, found a spot to turn around, zipped back down the road and turned around again, pulling up right in front of this recently felled tree.

“This looks fun!” I exclaimed.  I think I heard a curse word, although in my mind it was agreement.

A nice light snow falling, a spongy mat of soaked pine needles and complete quiet.

Perfect.

Felled

Approaching the tree, I couldn’t help but think of pictures from the TV show “Game of Thrones“.  We’ve never watched the show, but the way the branches splayed out from the felled trunk sure looked like the blades from that throne.

I did try to figure out why the tree was cut down.  I’m not an arborist, so I couldn’t see any easily identifiable reason to cut it down.  But I do know that the forest service here is very methodical about where and why they cut down trees, so there must have been a good reason.

And for my selfish reasons, I’m glad they did.

By my count, this tree lived about 160 years.  That’s 16 decades of feast, drought, disease, and fire.

Getting through all of that is a good life by any measure.

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Just a few days left!

In case you missed it, I’m having a spring sale on my photos – 20% off of your pre-shipping costs.  Just use code Spring14 at Bill Anders Photography.  It’s that simple.

BAP-Spring14As always, I do appreciate your support.

 

Tulip Curve

We do enjoy opening the front door and seeing this, just a small portion of the tulip blooms in the yard.

The colors are nice, but I find more joy in the shapes and lines.

Tulip Curve

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Beak

A bit of fun, seeing things the way I see them.

Beak

I see a bird’s beak.

What do you see?

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Shasta Cumulus

Mount Shasta, California, as viewed from the foot of Pilot Rock, Jackson County, Oregon.

Shasta Cumulus

Very fitting for this vernal equinox.  It marks the end of the winter that never was for us.  It wasn’t much of one for the Shasta area either, although they were able to open one ski run for a week, thanks to man-made snow (the Shasta ski area is low on the mountain, below the snow line you can see above).

If you are tracking to the minute, the actual vernal equinox is today, 20 March 2014 at 16:47UTC.  Click here to see what time that means for your time zone.

Just remember, that doesn’t mean that summer is here.  It just means the next few months are going to be bits of summer and bits of winter.

Just today I was riding my mountain bike on a mountain adjacent to where this was taken, at about the same elevation (5,300′).  The day after this picture was taken, we got snow down below this level.  Today I was in shorts, riding through the forest, snow and mud splashing everywhere.

Cold splats against bare sweaty skin.

A bit of summer, a bit of winter.

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