Month: September 2013

Weather: Do You “Get” It?

Weather: Do You “Get” It?

(Ironically, this story was originally scheduled to run on Wednesday, September 11th, just as the Colorado Rockies were being hit by massive storms that caused flash floods along the Front Range of the mountains, inundating several towns, including Estes Park, which Tales Told From The Road publisher, Dick Jordan, is scheduled to visit later this month.)

With computers, its “WYSIWIG.”

With weather, it’s the same: What you see is what you get.

Weather Map
(born1945 Flickr Photo)

We don’t “get” weather in the San Francisco Bay Area where I live.

That isn’t to say that we don’t get weather, it’s that we just don’t “get it.”

And that’s because unlike other parts of America, “real weather” doesn’t really happen here.

For about six months, roughly from May through October, you needn’t listen to the radio or watch the TV news broadcasts to know what the weather will be like today, tomorrow, or next week. That’s because the forecast is the same, day in and day out:

“Low clouds and fog extending inland night and morning, becoming mostly sunny by midday. Highs: 60s to 70s along the coast, 70s to 80s around the bay, and 80s to 90s well inland.”

But if you are traveling east of the Rockies during that same six month period, you’d better keep a “weather eye” on the weather and the Weather Channel to keep from being blown away.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Still Water Photography

Travel Photo Thursday: Still Water Photography

In last week’s “Travel Photo Thursday: Capturing A River,” I showed three different ways to photograph the same spot in a rushing mountain river.

This week we’ll look three shots of the waters of the same lake.

Mountains Trump Lake

What makes Maligne Lake in Jasper National Park such a wonderful place to be is not the lake itself, but the mountains surrounding it. You can tell that this photo was taken on a lake, but lake is just the stage on which the scenic beauty of the place plays out.

Still Waters Run Deep

This image was shot in color, but then rendered into a black and white photo using Photoshop Elements. Doing so caused the mountains to be a less prominent feature of the photograph while at the same time emphasizing the unmoving, liquid at their bases.

Water White on Still Water

I pointed my camera over the stern of the tour boat as it raced back to its dock on Maligne Lake. The sun was starting to drop toward the summit of the mountains on the lake’s western shore, casting shadows on the peaks on the east side of the lake.

The lake waters, normally a deep blue at that late afternoon hour, became a frothy white “vee”  with a greenish eel-like stripe running back down the centerline of the boat’s wake.

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Travel Photo Thursday: Capturing A River

Travel Photo Thursday: Capturing A River

(Randy Son of Robert Flickr)

Water, water, everywhere, nor any drop to drink.”

That literary line of lament comes from The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

The lament of a traveler trying to photograph a river might read:

Water water, everywhere, how to capture it, let me think.”

Here are three different ways I “captured” Sunwapta Falls in Jasper National Park.

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