Monday, December 17, 2018

Winter Has Arrived

I looked at the photos I took on Saturday to see if there were any stories to tell. Nope. Not really. It's been rainy and blustery here for days. We did drive into the "big city" of Eureka to visit with the kids and grandkids. The sky was full of clouds. Roger said, "Well that's the real 50 shades of gray out there." We had a good laugh. It's true. I don't think we've ever seen so many variations on a theme. It was this dark at 10:00 in the morning. Bleak but beautiful.

We zoomed along the highway. I was photographing the sky through the windshield and through Roger's driver's side window at 50 mph. Not the best for really good shots, and I was using the old iPhone. But it sure was quite a sight.  I couldn't resist.

On the ride home the sky had lightened quite a bit and there were patches of blue. We are definitely in winter mode here. The winds have been blowing like crazy, loud enough to wake us in the night. If it weren't so stormy we'd head out to the ocean to take a look at the 30 foot waves crashing at the shoreline. We are under a "High Surf Warning" at the moment. We may try on Monday, but plan to view it from a very high very safe place. It's hard to resist wanting to see such big waves.

The National Weather Service warning:


* IMPACTS...Large breaking waves along the coast will lead to
  increased wave run-up on beaches with waves topping and
  washing over large rocks and jetties. These large waves can be
  erratic and unpredictable. Use extra caution near the surf
  zone as these large waves will be capable of sweeping people
  into the frigid and turbulent ocean water. Mariners traversing
  the bar are urged to exercise extreme caution especially
  during max ebb which is predicted to occur around 900 PM
  Sunday and 1000 AM Monday, or stay in port until the threat
  subsides.

Wouldn't you want to go take a look? Of course you would!

Update: We went to see the waves. Wow in every way. Hard to capture on a blustery wind-blown day, standing in the chilly temps. Here is one view that almost captures one moment.

21 comments:

  1. YES YES YES! A thoushand times YES! I would love to go take a look!
    Once when I was visting a friend in Watertown NY, I woke up in the morning to a sound like a train, except it never got closer and never receded. I eventually realized I was hearing the wind roaring across a landscape denuded of its trees. I've certainly heard high winds before, but never across land with its forests gone. Of course my friend and I drove to Lake Ontario and got out to walk. Hooo-eee! I was in heaven! An ocean would be even better. I'm green with envy!

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    1. Sorry about the typos. I clicked preview then couldn't back out to where I could edit.

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    2. CCorax-- Well, we didn't make it out to the ocean. Too blustery and cold. For the past few nights we could hear the ocean. It's two miles away! The sound was grand. Ah stormy winters.

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  2. Yes, to capture the moments we experience when in the wonders of nature...full of wonder - wonderful!

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    1. Barbara-- Yes, capturing the moments is one of best parts of retirement. I had no idea what was going on out there when I was sitting at my desk all day!

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  3. You remind me that winter is relative! Snow?Freezing temps? Now I would be watching the big waves roll in.

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    1. Red-- It's true. Winter is relative. Here we rarely if ever get snow, but we get plenty of rain. Southern California goes crazy if they get an inch of rain. LOL!

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  4. those are some mighty waves! Glad you kept your distance. When I lived on the Monterey Peninsula we'd get crazy storms with waves washing up over the streets -- actually that happened in Santa Cruz, too. Very energizing.

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    1. Tara-- There were so many people watching, we were surprised. Yes, we were all safely on high ground. I remember waves crashing up over the low wall onto the sidewalk in Capitola. Ah yes, very energizing!

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  5. Wow! What amazing skies. There were occasional times when Lake Michigan had swells like that, looking for the world like ocean waves.

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    1. NCmountainwoman-- There were some videos posted on a San Francisco paper of Lake Tahoe with waves like this. It's really quite a sight!

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  6. Winter storm waves are wild, aren't they? Your photo shows their extraordinary power. I can hear them in my mind and feel the cold wind. It's been biting cold and windy here with similar dark sky. Lake Whatcom has had small waves in the past week that are large waves for a lake of its size!

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    1. am-- Yes! Winter storm waves really are a sight. The sound is pretty wild too. It is always a surprise to see waves on a usually placid lake. Ah, nature!

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  7. Your someone after my ow heart doing things like that, I'd be well upi for getting closer though my wife would have something to say

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    1. Billy-- We were surprised that quite a few people showed up in watch these waves from a safe vantage point. I definitely wouldn't want to get any closer!

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  8. Oh yes. I am fascinated by the power of an angry sea. Be safe but enjoy.

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    1. Patti-- It is so incredibly powerful, it's good to go take a look. We loved it.

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  9. I would be right up there with my camera too. Wow! Those waves! I'd be one of those crazy persons up close.

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    1. Sharon-- There were a lot of people out there, more than we've ever seen. For our neck of the woods, that means about 25 people! All had cameras. All couldn't take their eyes off these amazing waves.

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  10. Your sky shots are beautiful. And be careful around those waves, they can be deadly.

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    1. Catalyst-- So glad you liked the photos. We were very careful out there.

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