Sun beams through the fog

Fog is one of the most captivating things to photograph from all perspectives – above, within, or in the “twilight” zone. Photography from above the fog produces a submersion feeling for lower elevations with higher land points above the layer like islands in an ocean. Photography from within the fog creates a mystical perception with…

Bay Area Waterfalls!

The Bay Area has many waterfalls in beautiful settings. However, most of them are trickles a good portion of the year. With heavy rains expected all week in the Bay Area, it’s time to think about checking out waterfalls! Here is a selection of some waterfalls I have visited and want to visit. With 21…

Lots of Photos!

Over the past couple days I visited Salt Point State Park, the Sonoma Coast, Mount Tamalpais State Park, and several parks along Skyline Blvd.  I watched two amazing sunsets, one on Mount Tamalpais and the other on Borel Hill in Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve. This flurry of activity was spurred by sunny skies and…

Snow on Skyline

The crest of the Santa Cruz Mountains seems to get snow at least once a year, but it’s still a rare enough occurrence that I get excited about it. On Monday, I drove up to Skyline Blvd. and found picturesque winter scenes after 2-3 inches of snow fell at the higher elevations that morning. Here…

October 13th Storm

October 13, 2009 was a day for the record books in Bay Area weather and a bonanza for weather geeks like me 🙂 Numerous daily rainfall records were set across the Bay Area as the strongest October storm since the 1962 Columbus Day storm battered the region. Impressive rainfall totals were tallied in the usually…

More Sunset Photos

I thought the sunset from August 1st was great, but the light show on August 14th was even better! No smoke this time, just an idyllic uniform layer of high clouds producing an intricate pallete of colors – yellow, orange, pink, red, purple.  Amazing! Click image for larger versions.

Sammamish Sunset

A gorgeous sunset tonight in Sammamish looking over Lake Sammamish towards Bellevue and the Olympic Mountains. The amazing redness is due to a forest fire over the Olympic Mountains that spread smoke between our location and the setting sun.

First Rain of the Season

An unseasonably strong weather system shoved the ridge of high pressure that resides in California all summer off to the east allowing for the first substantial rain of the season. Due to the unusually dry spring, I had to look all the way back to March to find the last prior rain event of this…

Return to winter in the High Sierra

Plans to climb in the high Sierra this Memorial Day Weekend have been spoiled by an usually cool and unsettled weather pattern. This is especially untimely considering there hasn’t been a significant snow in several months! High elevation temps (over 10k feet) are under freezing all day with poor visibility and snow showers. The snow…

Sammamish

I’m in my hometown of Sammamish, WA for a week and a half. Naturally, the weather is cool and rainy. A steady rain fell all day today and temps struggled to get to 50 degrees. Fortunately, I am brining some of the California sunshine as a hot ridge of high pressure is expected to build…

Anomalous Weather

While the March weather in Washington has been colder, wetter, and snowier than usual, California has basked in sunshine, sunshine, and more sunshine. The last week of March in Seattle was the third coldest on record and snow fell in many parts of the Puget Sound lowlands, a highly unusual event. Moreover, temperatures in the…

Not too late for snow in Sammamish!

I got a call from my mom in Sammamish, WA this evening and she told me that it was snowing hard with several inches of snow on the ground. Sammamish is my hometown and is located 30 minutes east of Seattle near the Cascade foothills and typically receives more snow than Seattle proper. However, snow…