Autumn and Mount Adams

 

Driving up Highway 141 recently, just before the snow made angels out of burned trees from the Dry Creek Fire, I rolled down my window to soak in the mountain valley air.  The smell of this Summers wildfire mingles with the rich fungal odor of fall.  Surely the Morel mushrooms must be happy, I thought with a wry grin. (More writing and photos below)


Rivers of fog draped across the mountain sides like an undulating snake,  or a scarf tossed carelessly over a shoulder.  Perhaps now that the Drycreek drainage is showing off the new shape that was hidden under the tall evergreens, she’s heading out to a winter party to show off.

Sighing deeply at the loss of the luxuriant evergreen giants, The smile returns as I contemplate the new growth already manifesting on the hillside. Elk, Bear, and Deer will love this change that will bring in more low growing forage of leaf and berries. I recall the bear from a couple summers ago that was feasting on wild blackberries or currents out in the older clear-cut that has been growing back.  Change is part of a forest, both natural and manmade, and often brings about a healthier ecosystem.  Not always, of course, at least not in the short term. However looking at the long-term picture of which we are just a very small part, the world has been changing throughout its history and we live such a short amount of time we tend to think it’s always been this way.  Have we affected these changes?  Certainly we have, and not always for the best, but change will still happen without us at its own pace.  We just seem to rush it along.

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The photos in the post, along with many other images from 2017 are in this gallery https://starlisa.smugmug.com/Nature-Galleries/Screen-size-images-2017/

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Meanwhile near Glenwood lovely fall leaves of Vine Maple, Dogwood, Elderberry, and Cottonwood reflected beautifully in a small stream. Glenwood-Fall_10-15-17-1054

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Back in mid October, Outlet Falls was starting to increase the water flow.  I am sure by now there is a great deal more water. Glenwood-fall-OutletFalls_10-15-17_0950

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I finally spotted my first elk herd of the season on Conboy National Wildlife Refuge recently… was not able to get good quality pics but sharing anyway.  The real treat was watching them come out of the field, up and over a fence and across the road, flowing like a river of brown.  They are so big, yet so graceful.

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Here we have a series of Mount Adams from Glenwood, taken about 2 weeks apart.
This first one is October 1, 2017.MtAdams_Glenwood_10-01-17-9752

Next is sunrise October 14.  Notice the snow around and below treeline?  That whole area is a burn scar, hit first by the Cold Springs fire in 2008 and more recently hit hard by the Cougar Creek Fire in 2015.  A bit further west, the burn scar continues its way along the south and west sides of the mountain from the Cascade Creek Fire of 2012.  There have been other fires before those 3 as well, and the Huckleberry bushes love coming back in burns.  Wildflower meadows thrive as well, and the Elk and Deer have more grazing areas.  Glenwood-Fall-MtAdams-sunrise-0897

Sunrise on Halloween DayGlenwood_MtAdams_Alpenglow_10-31-2017-2464

Later on Halloween Day, with a short lived lenticular cloud capGlenwood_MtAdams_Lenticular_10-31-2017_2625

and rainbow from November 1, 2017. Glenwood_MtAdams_Rainbow_11-1-2017_2663

I would love to hear from you..  which were your favorite photos, perhaps, or what fall means to you!

Also, you can check out the menu links on the blog, and click on Photo Galleries to see many more of my photos.   The photos above along with many other images from 2017 are in this gallery https://starlisa.smugmug.com/Nature-Galleries/Screen-size-images-2017/

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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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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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