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This week’s skies

Earlier this week we had some haze from wildfires in the upper atmosphere. It gave a kind of eerie, other-world feel.

But the weather shifted and the past couple of days we’ve had some interesting rather choppy clouds.

For Hammad Rais’s Weekend Sky and the Lens Artist Challenge: Skyscapes or Cloudscapes.

Almost Alpenglow

View of Mt Baker after sunset last night. Photo taken on the ferry from Vashon Island to Southworth on the Kitsap Penninsula. The island in the foreground is Blake Island.

For Wordless Wednesday.

Also, with a few words of explanation (below) for Hammad Rais’s Weekend Sky, and Jez Braithewaite’s Water, water everywhere.

The sky at dusk was unusual yeterday evening. The air was very clear and one could see to Mount Baker in the North Cascades, which is rarely visible because of moisture and smog in the atmosphere. Yet the soft edges of the nearest clouds are rain. This was taken from the ferry between Vashon Island and Southworth on the Kitsap Penninsula. The island in the foreground is Blake. Between the sound, the rain and the snow on the mountain I thought it suited Water, water everywhere.

Winter is just ducky

I love ducks. The types of ducks around here vary by the season. American widgeons and goldeneye are two species that winter here in the not-so-sunny Puget Sound region. The mallards are around all year.

It’s fun to watch the ducks. The goldeneye are diving ducks that fish together in groups.

For Denzil Nature Photo Challenge.

Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2023 Week 10

This challenge is simple: step back for a few minutes each week to find a lovely thing, a precious moment, anything you find lovely. Then post about it. You can just post a picture or you can go into detail and tell it as a reflection, story or poem.

It could be anything:

a smile…a rainbow…a flower…a kind act…a tasty treat

What was lovely in your life this week?

Quick note: I have been alerted that ping-backs aren’t working sometimes. If you use “whatsoever-is-lovely” as a tag it can help me find your post in case the ping-back doesn’t work.

Continue reading Whatsoever is Lovely Challenge-2023 Week 10

Nothing but blue skies…

…At least for now. They are predicting snow later today.

This is a a follow up to the Winter Storm Watch post. Here is approximately the same view this morning.

Early morning skies: View from Cedarhurst on Vashon Island across Colvos Passage on Puget Sound toward the west.

In the above photo you can just see the top of the mountain I mentioned in that post, Mount Constance. Zooming in you can see the snow from the storm:

Mount Constance in the Olympic Mountains of Washington state peeking over the Kitsap Peninsula.

A reminder of the cloud break up that the mountains cause (you can also see how the water is affected by the neutral density filter)

The same view as a winter storm blew  in.

For Hammad Rais’s Weekend Sky challenge.

Keep warm and safe!

Winter storm watch

The clouds were moving consistently from south to north (left to right in the photos). I believe that the consistent shape break up is due to the Olympic Mountains, which arise pretty much straight out from the edge of the bulk head.

I set my camera up on a tripod as the first bank of clouds arrived, put on neutral density filters (CPL plus a six stop), set the aperture set at F/16, and ISO at 64. Then I took the above sequence of photos between 4:00pm and 6:25pm. The length of the exposures varied depending on the ambient light but generally went from about 5 seconds for the first shot, at about 4:00pm to 10 for the last one, which was during twilight.

For Wordless Wednesday and Hammad Rais’s Weekend Sky