|Copyright 2010 by Paul K. Anderson|
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Lights from Samish Island, City of Anacortes and across the Strait of Juan de Fuca to the Olympic Peninsula are seen from the Chuckanut Range as a mid December storms clears.
|Clearing December Storm ©Paul K. Anderson|
|Oyster Creek in December ©Paul K. Anderson 12-14-2010|
Chuckanut, Oyster and Colony Creeks are at high levels and have been observed carrying a significant level of sediment based on observations of water color.
Compared to Sunday, Oyster Creek has cleared up significantly by Tuesday.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
|The Chuckanuts hide behind dark moisture laden clouds|
of the Pineapple Express above Samish Bay near Edison.
©Paul K Anderson
People in the midst of cities are
driven crazy by where
they are and what they
are doing to keep
Where is the way out?
But still it isn't easy
for a person to
take the road
out of town.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
Editors note: Todays pineapple express and heavy rains are causing flooding on many western Washington streams. Below is a blog post I wrote back in Jan. 2009
The Pacific Northwest has more than its share of rainy, gloomy weather in the winter.
The jet stream changes course, the "Pineapple Express" soars in from the tropics near Hawaii and inches of rain falls in the lowlands and the mountains.
In Jan of 2009, over a 48 hour time frame, 6" of rain fell. In the foothills and lower mountains the rain melted feet of snow pack, all of which contributed to the flooding of western Washington streams.
The snow over the last several weeks insulated and protected small mammals - voles, field mice, from predation by the raptors - hawks and eagles.
Eight American Bald Eagles worked a flooded field swooping down to the water and throwing out their talons at the helpless voles and mice trying to swim to the only high ground - the county roads.
Thousands of acres of blueberry bushes, were covered.
Approaching dusk I drove into the small village of Edison. Warm inviting lights of the Edison Cafe, The Longhorn Saloon, Slough Foods, The Bread Farm, and Farm to Market Bakery shone out onto the wet street inviting neighbors and visitors to stop by and get dry and warm.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
|The Value of High Places ©Paul K. Anderson|
|Oil Tanker Waiting Near March Point ©Paul K. Anderson|
It cleared off late yesterday afternoon so I drove up to the launch site on Blanchard to get away from town. When it does clear this time of year, sunsets over the Salish Sea can be deeply chromatic with saturated reds, yellows, oranges, purples and blues.