Sunday, November 23, 2014

Nature's Patterns in Weather Predicting


Bees, Gulls and Cows, Is it going to rain?



Weather is perhaps the most decisive factor in planning a day out with nature photography. It not only sets the stage for any wildlife being out but also is a determining factor in my safety and comfort zone.  In this modern era of scientific forecasting sometimes the weather just does not want to cooperate, so I must turn to other means in making my decision to venture out or stay home.  

The old saying "red skies at night, sailor's delight, red skies in the morning, sailor take warning” is based on the weather moving from west to east and would mean that the moisture has passed with a red sunset. 

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 With a red sky in the morning, the sun shines on moisture in the atmosphere at a low angle, therefore rain is possible.  However rain actually reaching the ground and giving a good soaking occurs so infrequently out here in the high desert of the Great Basin U. S. The one factor that I can always rely on is the wind.  

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Seagulls or Inland gulls are sensitive to the slightest fluctuations in air and water pressure and can therefore respond to drops in air pressure just before a storm.  Flying in tight circles, they adjust their sense of balance to the air pressure changes. 

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Gulls will also remain grounded when they sense that a storm is coming. 

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Flowers are known to give off stronger fragrances just before it rains due to a lowering of air pressure.   

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It has been noted by beekeepers that bees return to the hives before the rain sets in.  This could be that they are also sensitive to the changes in atmospheric pressure. 

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I've always heard that cows will sit down when it is going to rain, I am not too sure if this is true or maybe they sit down in hopes that it will rain.  One interesting theory about cows is that they can sense when there will be an earthquake which might be from their ability to hear on a much lower pitch than us.

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Speaking of earthquakes, some people do confirm that dogs can predict an earthquake hours before it will strike. The incessant barking and howling of dogs in 1975 at Haicheng, China convinced the city to evacuate, saving at least 150,000 lives. 

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I think my favorite of all predictions or maybe it's a superstition is the one about rain coming within the day of a cat cleaning behind its ears. 

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As much as I love the rain, I sure do wish this weather forecast was more accurate.  Or maybe I'd rather it not rain so much to make up for all the times that Skip cleaned behind his ears and it didn't come true. 




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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Autumn at Siesta Lake


An artist retreat in fall colors


What could be better than spending an warm autumn Saturday at a place called Siesta Lake? 

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Located in Yosemite National Park, Siesta Lake is on the east side of Highway 120 (Tioga Pass Road) just before the White Wolf turn-off. 

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The small lake is easily overlooked in the summer but during the early autumn it stands out, highlighted in gold and yellow hues against the blue waters.

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Lying at 8,000 feet (2438.4 m) elevation, tall pines reach toward the sky and provide a scenic setting for a quiet retreat.  

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Sitting for a moment to enjoy the setting and gazing across the lake, I am reminded of Monet's Garden with the lily pads floating in the still water.


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A narrow path leads around the lake but in some areas the ground can be boggy so it's best to tread lightly.  

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 An interesting log lies across the path, accented against the deep blue hues of water.

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As the day winds down and I take my last look across the lake, Ansel Adams words come in my thoughts,  “Yosemite Valley, to me, is always a sunrise, a glitter of green and golden wonder in a vast edifice of stone and space.” 


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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

From Destruction to Creation, after the Rim Fire



A return trip before winter's closure


A return visit to the northern edge of the Rim fire led me to new discoveries in the pine forest memorial land of charred and dead trees.  This second visit before cold weather closed down the Tioga Pass road was devoted toward spending as much time as possible and allowing nature to lead me with my camera.  


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Wildfires can be beneficial to forests by clearing out over-crowded vegetation, thereby creating space for new growth. With all the tiny pines that were thriving in this area, the Rim fire has allowed for a rejuvenation of growth.  Unfortunately this fire was not an act of nature but caused from carelessness which burned 400 sq. miles at a cost of $127 million. 


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Hiking deeper into the cemetery of dead trees, I stood at the base of so many monolithic trees that were still towering over the forest floor.


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Up high from the green canopy a raven cackled as if to remind me to enter with reverence, for it was not only trees that met their demise in this charred forest. 


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Every turn of the camera revealed a different scene with a unique story that immortalized a once thriving life. I was drawn to a young pine that had succumbed to the intense heat, finally resting on its side, with bare branches reaching up.  


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Life amongst death as a bramble bush takes residence against the charred trunk of a once majestic pine.  The hollowed base of the tree will likely become someone's den for the winter.


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One of the most awesome scenes of survival was this mighty Ponderosa pine that was almost cored from the fire, yet still alive and standing tall.


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  The pine's strength and perseverance really touched my emotions. 

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Sap oozing  down from this hollowed out recess in the charred pine gave me impressions of being in a cave.

 
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 In a small area I noticed a number of round, blackened balls that I think might have been Black Oak Acorns.  Black Oak Acorns were a food staple of the Yosemite Indians.  


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The opportunistic side of nature never ceases to amaze me, some critter has made a home in this hollowed out trunk

 
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An intriguing scene and I wander if the boulder was cracked by the intense heat?


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A shape beckons me to take a closer look, the abstract form has humanoid qualities and reminds me somewhat of a Hawaiian Tiki Totem 


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In one of the most devastated areas of the fire a huge pine lays stretched out for many meters.



I can only imagine how many years this tree had been growing. 


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 Over time and like with the Titanic, nature will reclaim what is left of this hull, leaving only a layer of mulch and some charred bark. 


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New growth accents the landscape and Lupines are beginning to grow on the forest floor. 


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 A destroyer of living matter, the fire leaves in its wake abstract creations, the outline of a heart catches my eye in the upper section of the trunk.


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 Intricate shapes accent the landscape,  nature's Biomorphic creations that are charred and appear as if decorated with Pryographic designs. 


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All over this land where the dead have come to rest lies a tribute to so many once thriving lives.  As I begin to retrace my steps and make my departure, I feel blessed that I have been given such an opportunity to experience this touching side of nature. 


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 The seasonal change of winter is coming soon and one never knows what changes it might bring to this unique memorial site. Maybe I'll return again after spring's thaw.


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With my Nikon and tripod, my goal is to recreate the scene as it appears in nature, to preserve in a photographic image the awesome, yet simplistic beauty of the scene that waits around a bend or over a hill. Sometimes it's a colorful landscape, and many times I'm allowed in the presence of the numerous creatures that adapt to life in the wild.

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