Monday, September 30, 2013

Still Raining, For Heaven's Sake

All weekend, on and off, it rained. This morning we had a grey, pink and blue sunrise, then it rained some more.

Sunrise, September 30, 2013, from Port Angeles's west side (Click for larger image.)

The river jumped up exactly as predicted.

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At the last possible moment in the water year, the rain pushed the precipitation measure at the Waterhole Snotel over last year's total (look at the red line).

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Last night, it snowed just a little at the Visitor Center on Hurricane Ridge.

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I don't do this often, but this post is a mirror of what I put on the tribe's Education Department blog this morning. The sunrise photos are, after all, from my own deck...

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Rain Lovely Rain

It's been raining the way non-local people imagine it rains here. Rain rain rain. All the yards on the alley, and up and down our street, are green. The river has jumped up, and will go higher.

Forecast for the Elwha River (Click for larger image.)

On Thursday there was the first snow up on the mountain, now washed away by todays warmer rain. Monday is the end of the water year, and it looks like this weekend will put us over last year's curve.

The gauge at the Waterhole SnoTel on Hurricane Ridge (Click for larger image.)

Friday, September 20, 2013

About That Water Horizon

Out on the deck in my flannel nightie, taking pictures. My attention zooms, the camera zooms. This is what I see, and show:

Before sunrise, September 20, 2013 (Click for larger image.)

but it's barely ten degrees of the 360-degree horizon. 3% of the full circle. View below is zoomed back out to more like reality, about 50 degrees of the circle; there are bits of water over the roofs to east and west, though the only substantial bit is the one at the end of the street that I usually focus on.

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This one is for Kate.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

As Promised, A Glimpse of the Salt

Morning. Blue but hazy day, sunshine and no fog, but thick thick moist air; you can't see Canada across the Strait.

September 18, 2013, morning; the neighborhood, the Strait (Click for larger image.)

The harbor, Ediz Hook, a freighter passing on the Strait just beyond the Hook, but still no Canada through the thick air.

September 18,2013, midday. Port Angeles Harbor from the third floor of the Landing building. (Click for larger image.)

Afternoon. The Strait. If you are determined to puzzle it out, you can see Victoria: the profile of Mount Douglas, and the buildings around the Inner Harbor, but fuzzy fuzzy.

September 18, 2013, afternoon. View from Ediz Hook. (Click for larger image.)

And, out of chronology, what you can see when you can really see. Labor Day, a picnic way up on the hill in JL & JL's garden. Perfect weather. Port Angeles Harbor, Ediz Hook, the Strait of Juan de Fuca, and Victoria on Vancouver Island clearly visible (the next country north, across the Strait).

September 2, 2013, afternoon. View from (Click for larger image.)

This post is for VR, who insisted I must go out and take pictures of salt water.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Any Day With Pelicans in It

August 26th, 2013. Pelicans on the move, Rialto Beach. (Click for larger image.)

Except for necessary emails re medical and family business, twitter is the only place I can talk these days, and that not very much. But I'm still here. VR has assigned me to go get three photos of the ocean. Luckily she is Canadian, and they call all salt water 'ocean'. Watch for pix from Ediz Hook and Salt Creek. Don't expect words.

Silt On My Boots

Here is an aerial photograph of the Elwha River flowing into the Strait, on August 21. Thank you to photographer Tom Roorda and to Coastal Watershed Institute for continuing to capture and share this record of ongoing change...

Elwha River, August 21, 2013 (Click for larger image.)

Found this draft post hanging around in blogger. Why not share? Was out there two days later with GF and SF. All the sandbars were covered with gulls.