About a month ago, I popped over central Washington for some sunshine. On the way back, rain blowing in off the Pacific was dropping rain, sleet, and snow on Snoqualmie Pass. I had to pull over and photograph the dark trees and rock faces poking through the fog.
Snoqualmie Pass in Fog, Washington (16″x32″)
The sun began to shine through the top of the low-hanging cloud/fog being blown over the ridge, shooting beams of light between the tree trunks.
Sunlight through Foggy Forest, western Washington state (16″x44″)
More panoramas of the Seattle skyline from the Jose P Rizal Bridge.
Setting Sun and Storm Clouds over Seattle Skyline, Seattle, WA
Storm Clouds over Central District, Seattle, WA
A friend asked me for a panorama of the Seattle skyline – I don’t usually photograph cityscapes, but I enjoyed shooting landscapes of the city from the Jose P Rizal Bridge during different times of day and weather (sunny, foggy, morning, sunset, etc.).
Low-hanging Clouds over Seattle Skyline, Seattle, WA (16″x16″)
Fog over Jose P Rizal Bridge and Seattle Skyline (#4), Seattle, WA (15″x55″)
Slate-Grey Sky and Seattle Skyline (Bulb Panorama #1), Seattle, WA (16″x64″)
Late summer fog blankets Rialto Beach.
Rialto Beach Sea Stacks and Log, Olympic National Park, WA (12″x18″)
In September, I took a trip out to Olympic National Park and spent a day near Mora and Rialto Beach. Late summer rains blew in and cleared out the smoke from forest fires, leaving low-hanging fog over sea stacks along the coast.
Rialto Beach Sea Stacks and Clouds, Olympic National Park, WA (16″x16″)
After the fog halted our coring efforts for the day, we took a few minutes to walk around in the clouds before heading back to camp (first panorama). The next day, we got up early and headed back over a nearby pass to start our long descent out of the mountains back to the Karnali River valley (second panorama).
Window through the Clouds back to Camp, near Jumla, Nepal (16″x50″)
Path over the Pass, near Jumla, Nepal (16″x52″)
As I mentioned in a previous week’s post, lake levels were down in 2016 in the mountains of far western Nepal after an especially hot year. I am accustomed to ‘bathtub ring’ images of Lake Powell in the American Southwest, but we could see our own ‘bathtub ring’ effect around our study lakes in the Himalaya.
Bathtub Rings around Retreating Lake, near Jumla, Nepal (16″x42″)
Cloud Reflections in Shrinking Lake, near Jumla, Nepal (16″x41″)
As I mentioned in last week’s post, rising air on the flanks of the Himalaya brings moisture to ~14,000 feet by around 11:00AM. We could see clouds gathering by 9:00 AM as we hiked across an open, rolling landscape to reach one of the slightly higher lakes (first panorama). By the time we cored the lake twice, visibility was down to a few feet- getting wet out on the water with no sunshine made the work miserably cold (second panorama).
Hike to the Upper Lake and Distant Clouds, near Jumla, Nepal (14″x82″)
Fogged in Upper Lake, near Jumla, Nepal (16″x74″)
We crossed into the Karnali River drainage in the fog at ~3,500m elevation. After descending just a few hundred meters, the mists cleared, and we were able to see down valley. The descent was slippery, but as the rain stopped, the land leeches retreated and the hiking was relatively easy.
Fog and Trees on the Pass (2), far western Nepal (16″x47″)
Descending out of the Clouds, far western Nepal (16″x47″)