Dancing on Thin Ice

To the poet, to the philosopher, to the saint, all things are friendly and sacred, all events profitable, all days holy, all men divine. —R.W. Emerson

Tag: weather

more cloudy skies

I’ve been preoccupied with other projects and have thus neglected this site for months. Tsk-tsk! For the next little while my posts might be just random images that I like. For starters, here are some San Francisco skies that I shot with a little Canon G3 back in 2003.

“Gathering Clouds”

“Throne Lights”

“After the Rain”

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orological atmosphere

One of the best things about the building in which I live is an accessible rooftop, where I have a fairly unobstructed view of the sky. Last night I was fortunate to see a spectacular sunset made even more luscious by the appearance of lenticular clouds in the northeastern sky. Altocumulus lenticularis are stationary lens-shaped clouds that form at high altitudes over mountainous regions, normally aligned perpendicular to the wind direction. When stable moist air flows over mountains, enormous standing waves sometimes form in the mountains’ lee. If the temperature at the crest of a wave is at or below the dew point, moisture in the air can condense to form a lenticular cloud. When multiple lenticular clouds are generated by the crests of successive waves, the resulting formation is known as a wave cloud.

“Altocumulus Lenticularis”

when raindrops fall

I’m going to gripe a little, so you can skip what I’m writing today and just look at the pictures. I’ve had degenerative disc disease for nine or ten years and there are days when the pain is bad enough that I’m unable to sit at my computer for very long, much less think clearly. Yesterday was one of those days and so is today. Just look at the pretty pictures.

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Ironically, the rainy weather and stormy skies that I love are now often harbingers of intense pain; further evidence that life is a zero-sum game.

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