Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Monday Was A Day Without Fog

Almost all of California's central and northern coast is known for its foggy summer weather. The interior heat pulls in the moisture from the evaporative ocean air, and voila fog fog fog. Arcata is no exception and is really known for its gray summer days. So when a day dawns clear and bright in the month of July, it is a day to run outside and look for the splendors of the sky.

First, we saw beautiful and subtle iridescent clouds. Always a wonderful sight.

Then, we drove to the neighboring town of Eureka to look at rentals for the kids and grandkids who are moving up here in August. It was a lovely little adventure and on the way home the sky was like a cloud sampler.

And finally, after dinner we took a look west, straight down the street and saw this.

So pretty with that hint of pink iridescence above the sun. But then, of course, the sky went a little crazy and had to wow us with a sunset sundog.

We loved ending the clear day with a sky like this.

18 comments:

  1. funny, when I took my sky picture at the park yesterday, I thought of you. Naturally.

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  2. beautiful skies and neat to have family closer

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  3. Great skys, you had a good day

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  4. I wish I could see the world through your eyes.

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  5. It's not the sky; it's you. You bring the beauty wherever you go.
    You sure you're not a supernatural being?

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  6. Wonderful clouds. A bit of fog makes us appreciate clear days all the more.

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  7. Tara-- I have definitely come to love the ephemeral nature of our skies.

    rain-- We are so happy about having the kids move so close. What a wonderful thing to have happen.

    Bill-- We were delighted with the all-day show!

    paullamb-- I always think of the line from an early Beatles' song: Had it been another day, I might have looked the other way…

    CCorax-- I have come to know over the years where and when to look. It's a bit of science and a bit of an obsession.

    NCmountainwoman-- We were so happy to see blue skies.

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  8. Your beautiful photos and posts are bringing me much peace of mind these days. M

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  9. Many years ago when I was in graduate school, my advisor gave me a large composite satellite image of the cloud-free western US. It took lots of images on different days to get the entire west coast cloud free, and even then there was a huge fog bank off the coast of southern California.

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  10. karmanot-- Thank you for your very kind words. I'm glad these photos bring you some peace. We have been thinking of you.

    Mark -- That is so interesting. Yes, getting to photograph the west coast cloud-free would be quite an endeavor. Every now and then it happens, particularly when there's an off-shore breeze from the hot interior of the state. It can be clear and very hot at the coast.

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  11. Wonderful to learn that kids and grandkids are moving to Eureka soon!

    My favorite photo is the one on the way home. For me, there is nothing anywhere like the beauty of the land, sky, rivers and ocean in Humboldt County when the fog lifts.
    Your photo transports me there. Thanks so much!

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  12. am-- I'm so glad you liked that photo. I took from the car window driving up Highway 101 from Eureka to Arcata. We were going 50 mph. I was surprised by how well it turned out. Humboldt County is quite beautiful. Sure hope we get some rain here this winter.

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  13. Whenever I see things in the sky that I can't name (which is most things), I always think about you and that you could probably tell me what I was looking at. I'm glad you a nice day like that to enjoy.

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  14. Pat-- Thank you! I discovered my love of atmospheric optics just a few years ago, and now I can't take my eyes off the sky.

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  15. time to find land for communal living! how exciting. just
    wait until sept - our experience of the northern CA coastal area is that sept is THE summer month of clear, blue skies. I recall an Aug that was so layered in fog it was 12 days before we could even see the GG Bridge underneath, but sept rolled in with blue skies and glorious photo ops north to ft bragg!

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  16. Sky-- I am looking forward to fall here. We know it's going to be beautiful. Also really hoping we have a nice rainy winter. We need it. Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. We get a good view of the sky here, too (funny how it seems to be better in some places than others!). They say, don't they, that exiles takes solace from the sky, as wherever you go (or have to go) the sky stays the same.

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  18. sackerson-- I had never heard that about exiles before, but it sure resonates with my. The sky is definitely my solace. Thank you for stopping by.

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