Saturday, April 29, 2017

Winter rains are over!


March and April have been interesting months, storms have been getting progressively weaker, moving thru faster, and now it is over. The Sierra snowpack is awesome, reservoirs are even letting some water go for fear there won't be enough space to take in the melting snow. I read something about how some Tahoe ski resorts are thinking they can stay open all summer. I've taken almost 300 shots of the aerial festivities I've been treated to, edited them down to 15 - which is enough for two posts.

So in no particular order, here's the take:













 What are these odd horizontal strips about? I have no idea except to wonder.







Title for the above? "Orphan cloud"



Judy Garland would like this one.
I think Jeff Beck has done a marvelous rendition,
I'm sure you can find it on youtube.

Stop in again in a couple of weeks for part two of March/April images.




Sunday, March 5, 2017

To write 'It's been a wild month!' would be an understatement!



The shot above reminds me of fireflies i enjoyed back east:








There were many interesting skies to behold! Pictures are worth many, many words, especially mine, so let's get right to it.















I love to see the sky kissing the earth, gently.
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3/4 Sat
A quiet and rather sunny week, but forecast calls for 'scattered showers' over the weekend.

The daylight hours were what i have dubbed 'rainbow skies' - that is to say broken cloud cover, some sunlight, some rain, producing numerous partial and fast moving rainbows. I am happy to note that i will last longer than these, and am around and sentient enough to appreciate them.

I guess i must be constantly under 'scattered', because at 9 PM it's raining sideways - lightly so, but still 'sideways'.

The next AM there are signs it ain't over yet. I'll call this a mini-mammatus:


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammatus_cloud
(lots of great images here!)

"Mammatus are most often associated with the anvil cloud and also severe thunderstorms. They often extend from the base of a cumulonimbus, but may also be found under altocumulus, altostratus, stratocumulus, and cirrus clouds, as well as volcanic ash clouds.  In the United States, sky gazers may be most familiar with the very distinct and more common cumulonimbus mammatus. When occurring in cumulonimbus, mammatus are often indicative of a particularly strong storm or maybe even a tornadic storm".

The shot above was taken around 9AM.
By 10:30, there was hail!

I hope the rest of March is just as interesting as February was!
My Canon Powershot camera is always within quick reach!