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Lenticular Clouds over Mt Rainier mean the weather is changing!
To be a good photographer you need to understand the weather. Ansel said “Bad weather makes for good photographs”. When the forecast says “Another beautiful day in the Pacific Northwest” I usually leave the camera gear in the bag. The the forecast says “Storms coming”etc I get excited.
For my friends in the Pacific N’West, BC in Canada and No California… hold onto your hats–a real dousy is ab out to hit us again!
I am sure you know that No California is going through its wettest winter on record. The empty reservoirs are full to their banks and rivers are already at or near flood stage. You probably have seen the news on the Orville Dam. Well perhaps the worst is yet to come.
Some areas in the Sierra Nevada Mountains have received over 20″ of water content in the recent weeks which is 200-400% of normal for those areas. Luckily they are sparely populated.
Starting tomorrow ( Wed Feb 15th) the hose will be on with a real blast this time.
Here is the precipitation forecast from the US model for the next 9 days. From the Cascade Mountains down to the Sierra and Coastal Ranges of California between 5-10 inches are forecast.
Looks like the whole west coast is getting blasted. Check out the plume of moisture forecasted to come on in from Wednesday on.Even So Cali will get into the act.
The blue indicates a lot of rain. Slight deviations to the forecasts you hear on the radio & TV can change things. Please be prepared.
We (in the Pacific Northwest..Washington) will feel the effects of this storm first on Wednesday then California will get into the act from north to South. San Francisco proper could see 2″ of rain by Friday night. Yet another storm will affect the Bay Area next Monday & Tuesday into Wednesday.
Some predictions( through Sat AM): Tacoma, Seattle, to Bellingham about 3″ rain”
Washington Coast, Olympic Peninsula 4-6 (Forks to Port Angeles)–even Sequim WA, in the rain shadow will get about 2″ !
Bay Area north to Portland Or. 2-3″ heavier near the mountains and immediate coast.
Paradise on Mt Rainier at about 5400′ elevation will get about 2″ of snow out of this storm!
THESE NUMBERS ARE JUST THROUGH SATURDAY!–BE SAFE… BE VIGILANTE!
Summer is amazing on Whidbey Island. I love it there in all seasons but when the temperature hits 70 degrees and the sun is out it doesn’t get much better than that. Granted the photography is a bit limited when the light’s bad ( early mornings and late evenings are best when its clear) but there is just so much to go on the island its amazing.
Go for a stroll on one of the driftwood beaches and check out the colorful rocks. Keep your eyes peeled for the many bald eagles flying around . They can show up just about anywhere at any time.
These few short weeks are prime time for the lavender fields found at the Lavender Wind Farm. They have a store in Coupeville as well as at the farm itself just about a 15 minutes ( beautiful) drive north of Coupeville. If you like to shop the stores in Langley are packed with stuff you’ll find only on Whidbey Island.
If you like mussels ( and any other seafood for that matter) have dinner at the Front Street Grill on the water in Coupeville. Tell Sean (Owner/manager) hi for me.
Jesse ( the best bartender I know) is there most of the time. He’s the best! The view of the harbor is amazing as well.
I like to stay at the Coupeville Inn. Nice clean rooms, good prices and you can walk to town instead of looking for parking when its crowded.
Coupeville is pretty much centrally located on the island. You can get up to Deception Pass in about 1/2 hr and to Langley , south island in the same amount of time.
You can get to Whidbey easily by taking the 20 minute ferry from Mukliteo… or a bit longer ferry ride from Port Townsend. You can also drive from the north to the island from Anacortes or points north and east.
Anyhow–if you are in the Seattle area get over to Whidbey ASAP…even for a day–JG
The Palouse region in Eastern Washington is in prime “green” color right now. The weather has been great.
I ran my Photography Workshop there last week with great success. I wrote an article about the Palouse and our time there on my regular blog…. you can access it HERE. There is lots of information there and many images to view.
If you can get over there this is the time. The Siesta Inn in Colfax is a great place to stay. Tell them I sent you.
Sprague Wa. is tight off Interstate 90 West of Spokane. After exiting, drive into town and look to the right….you’ll see all the old (mostly International and GMC) trucks from the 50’s and 60’s. about 3 blocks on your right. This is one place that cameras are welcome. It’s best to be here when its cloudy or even raining as the flat light makes for better images of the old rusted trucks.
I drove through here yesterday on the way to Jackson Wyoming. It was cloudy, windy and very cold but I was eager to try out a new Fuji Lens (90mm 2.0)
Sprague is an old farming town what offers some unique subject matter. Walk around and you’ll see what I mean. The great thing about Sprague is that it’s right off the interstate 90….. don’t miss this place! Continue Reading
Just finished another great photo workshop on Whidbey Island for the Pacific NorthWest Art School last weekend. Whidbey is a beautiful place and was very quiet and peaceful as the tourists are mostly gone for the season.
Next year, 2016, I’ll be doing 4 workshops there:
Find … See … & Create – January 29-30
Close Up Photography – May 6-7
From Concept to Print – June 23-26
Abstract Photography – November 11-12
I hope you can join me!
Here are 3 images I made recently from the Olympic Peninsula in Washington. I am constantly amazed at the sharpness of my Fujinon Lenses on my Fuji X-T1. The rocks and landscape on the Olympic Peninsula were made with the new 16-55mm 2.8. The fern image was made with the 50-150mm 2.8 — nothing done to this at all in post processing! Amazing!! Thank you Fuji!
Spring… Green is everywhere. Our brain is able to process more hues of green than any other color. Green is abundant … and so many hues … and a little rain really makes the greens pop. Add some rain and WOW! April & May are my favorite times to be here.
I spent a few hours scouting the area before my workshop (that starts tomorrow) for some good locations to take my attendees. Here are a few images taken off the normal path that most folks go to photograph. I’ve been coming here many years and this place never ceases to amaze me. The trick is to learn how to deal with the clutter and make simple, yet powerful images. I’ll be teaching this starting tomorrow!–JG
We had a good and eager group in Whidbey Island for two full days of presentations and some field work on the weekend of February 14 & 15. I really love teaching at the Pacific Northwest Art School (PNWAS) … not only are the folks there great, but the classroom setup is first class. The night before my workshop they asked me to do a presentation on our ULTIMATE ICELAND photography workshops and our soon-to-be-announced Ultimate Norway destination, which everyone there thoroughly enjoyed.
A local writer, Jack Penland, attended the 2-day workshop and did a great write-up for the Whidbey / Camino Islands webpage titled “Art Class Escape on Whidbey Island … What is it like taking a class from an internationally-known photographer at Whidbey Island’s Pacific Northwest Art School.”
““The light will start getting good in about 20 minutes,” Jack Graham told me. I was thinking to myself, “We’re talking about light here, so I must really be in an art class. Who woulda thought?” Granted, it was 6 in the morning on a Sunday and we were standing on the Coupeville wharf waiting to photograph the sunrise, but it was still an art class. After 40 years of ducking and dodging, a run I began in middle school, there I was—art class.”
You can read the rest of the article by clicking HERE.
I would like to thank the PNWAS for their support and friendship. I will be running more events there in the summer and fall of this year. Please consider joining me for one or all of these very specially priced workshops:
May 1 & 2: Abstract Photography
June 18 – 21: Main Event: The Light of Whidbey Island
August 1 & 2: Keep It Simple
November 7 & 8: Abstract Photography
Click HERE for more information and to register. See you on beautiful Whidbey Island!
3 nights past a full moon + some light noise from Tacoma + no Aurora = a nice night chatting with other folks and getting a shot of Mt Rainier and Reflection Lake in moonlight. I have to say the Fuji X-T1 performed great—VERY little noise at ISO 1600 ( F4 17 second exposure) using the 10-14mm lens. No auroras, but oh well—it was a nice night on the mountain! —JG