Quiet Splendor

A day of driving about following an interview in Goldendale… the light came out, skies were fascinating, and here are just a few images from today’s adventure.

January 26, 2016

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Fog shrouded hills and fields as I drove into Goldendale on Highway 97.

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Random creek thru the fields off Bickleton Highway

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Returning down Hoctor Road, I was fascinated with the standing wave clouds emanating from the direction of Mount Adams, and then I spotted this seasonal runoff creek. It seemed to make the perfect counterpoint to the clouds.

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Nearly the end of the day, a view of Dalles Mountain from Hoctor Road, and the fog returns.

Power of Nature

This last week we have had some amazing sunsets and thunderstorms. and I was lucky enough to get some images that made me dance.  These are all from Oregon and Washington near the Columbia River, White Salmon and Hood River.

July 21 was amazing when the sky blew up in all directions.  On Facebook I have seen so many amazing images from that sunset in many places in the PNW, and of course the smoke from so many fires certainly add color to the sunsets.  The color cannot all be blamed on  the smoke however, as we get these colors occasionally year around.

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These next 3 images are also on my Smugmug site in the best print gallery.  You can see them large in high resolution by clicking on the images.  They will open in a new tab.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over White Salmon July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

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Sunset over Mount Hood July21. This image can be seen large by clicking on the image where it will open in a new tab in my galleries page.

 

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this image was taken at the end of twilight, long after most visible sunset glow had faded. Using a 30 second exposure, we are able to see the remnants of color more strongly.

 

 

As if all that beauty was not enough, July 22 was an amazing Thunderstorm traveling north from Oregon up through Washington along the Cascades.  These next images are from that evening, and the cloud photos all have faces that are remarkable.

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The upper cloud is where the face is as shown in the previous post, and the clouds below looming over the hills east of Hood River, Oregon are the thunderheads that become the storm shown with lightning below.

These next two storm photos at sunset are available for purchase and can be seen large by clicking on the photos.  They will show up in a new tab on your browser.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see.  Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North.   This shot was taken near the end of sunset.  I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

This image was shared over 2000 times on facebook recently, and most people were commenting on the face they could see. Taken from the West side of Hood River looking South East, the storm cell was spinning clockwise over the Valley while moving slowly North. This shot was taken near the end of sunset. I took hundreds, but this is the only one processed at this point.

 

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible.  High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo.  It will open in a new tab on your browser.

During that amazing sunset and storm, Mount Hood was still visible. High resolution image can be seen larger by clicking on this photo. It will open in a new tab on your browser.

 

 

Lenticulars and Sunset July 3, 2014

Seemingly all over the Pacific Northwest on July 3, the sunset lit up the sky with wonderful wild fire colors.  Prior to that over Mount Hood and Mount Adams, and continuing downwind to the East of White Salmon, WA, long strings of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds stacked up in clusters running primarily North and South across the Columbia River Gorge.  This set of images was all taken in the late evening of that day, from above White Salmon. Below at the bottom of the post are some links regarding lenticular clouds, weather, and atmospheric optics.

As I drove through White Salmon, Washington there were streamers overhead, and long stacks of lenticular plates building up along the ridges East of town.

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Later in the Evening as I was coming down Snowden road, the sky caught on fire after I thought it was going to fizzle (yes, I should have known better! )  I was not in the best location overall, but I am still tickled with some images I captured.

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ALSO, BE AWARE I do also sell images on prints, metal prints (aluminum) Canvas Gallery wraps, Thinwraps, and Standouts.  It works best to contact me directly to ask about a specific image, but my Galleries Link is a good place to start looking 🙂

 

INFORMATIONAL LINKS FOR WEATHER, LENTICULARS AND ATMOSPHERIC OPTICS

The Cloud Appreciation Society

Lenticular Clouds on Wikipedia 

My Lenticular cloud photos on SmugMug (also can be found via the Galleries link in the sidebar on this page)

Even larger collection of Lennies on Flickr (these are all mine as well)

 

Remarkable collection of weather, cloud and optics links

My favorite Atmospheric Optics site,  atoptics.uk

another remarkable informational page about Weather 

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Locally you can see my photography in a show at Boda’s Kitchen in Hood River, Oregon on the 400 block of Oak Street downtown.

Contact me directly for more information about prints, calendars and books.

Horsethief Butte, Lake, and Lennies :-)

What a day for a daydream… la la la!   This afternoon I took off on a chase the light and Lenticular cloud mission, driving East from White Salmon along Highway 14.  Unsure of what I wanted to catch or which way to go, I kept my eye on the sky, with frequent stops to jump out and catch a photo or three.  Before I knew it I was past Dalles Mountain and ahead of me the Golden Hour light was shining on Horsethief Butte and some bare red bushes by the road, so I quickly pulled over at the Trail head and began to explore.

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A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art

A rich Red Osier Dogwood foreground with a Lenticular Cloud and Horsethief Butte on Highway 14 in Washington make a grand backdrop. Click on this image to learn more about prints of this and other fine art images

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I had thought to drive much further out or up towards Mount Adams east side, but found myself entranced by the many compositions all around me at the Butte.  Wandering down the trail, the light and clouds grew ever more fascinating

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Large stacks of Altocumulus lenticularis clouds to the south and east of The Dalles, Oregon began to glow with sunset colors

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Double stack of Lenticular Clouds at sunset, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 East of Dallesport. Click on image to see larger or to purchase prints

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Explosion of Color and Lenticulars over Oregon, seen from Horsethief Butte along Highway 14 in Washington, just East of Dallesport. This image available for purchase as prints  in my photo galleries, just Click on the image to learn more.  Also, It would make a great Metal print, gallery quality. Contact me for options.

To the West, Mount Hood in the distance was wearing a lovely cap that turned orange briefly during sunset, and the sky took on the pink and orange in the area where the sun had just set over Horsethief Lake.

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This is just a sampling of this evenings photo shoot… I have not taken this many images at one time in many months.   Hope you enjoyed… for me it was a transcendent, spiritual evening standing out over the Columbia River with all this light and color and joy washing through the cells of my body!   Thanks for looking, and feel free to use the share buttons at the bottom..

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Please check out the links in the side bar to learn more about my photography.  I do have a large gallery show hanging once more at North Shore Cafe in White Salmon, Washington through March.  Come on by if you are in the area!  You can find my photo greeting cards for sale at Artisan’s in White Salmon, and at Dickey’s farm in Bingen.

High Speed Photography

As family and I traveled to Utah for a funeral,we drove through blizzards much of the way down, and then coming back 2 days later we had these lovely blue skies. I was a passenger in the back of the little Prius, (which is rare in my life), rolling down the window and shooting in both directions as we rolled along.  In Utah the speed limit is 80, so that was pretty high speed!  These images are all from the early hours of leaving Salt Lake and heading up into Idaho.

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Twilight and Lennies

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Many times in life I have stood and watched as the sunset faded and twilight blue hour came on. And several of those times I have watched as cloud spun like whirling dervishes in the fading blue light as the stars began to peek out one by one.

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Just before Christmas Lennies

I was thrilled on the 22nd to get my early Christmas present!  You know me and my Lenticular clouds.  I was pretty excited to find these in Trout Lake for sunset.  Next day was rainbow day with wild rain, and the third day was sunny and blue skies!  Weather change indicators these are often called.

These images are linked to SmugMug where you can see my galleries of fine art photography and even purchase prints

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Click on this image to see on SmugMug or to order prints

These images are linked to SmugMug where you can see my galleries of fine art photography and even purchase prints

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