Category Archives: Clouds

Bangs Photo Journey

My camp resides in a postage stamp sized grassy environment.  These grasses cover much of the island with a density that makes exploring without adequate protective clothing impossible.  The tree population is 90% deciduous scattered about in small stands.  There are no trails here.  I’m glad as there are few islands in the bay devoid of human intrusion.

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Euproctis chrysorrhoea Brown Tail Moth

There is a Brown ail Moth Caterpillar near the tent.   The are limited to the coast of Maine and Cape Cod at this time but once covered much of New England.  This moth is oh so not nice as its larva eats voraciously, defoliating trees and shrubs and the caterpillar has poisonous microscopic hairs.  Contact with these hairs cause a poison ivy type rash that may last from a few days to several weeks.  It can become a full-blown dangerous allergic reaction in some people.  Their nexts are built at the ends of branches rather than in the croch like gypsy moth. Click for source and more information.


Altocumulous perlucidus

Altocumulous perlucidus

The sky is changing from mostly clear to cloudy.  These clouds are Altocumulus perlucidus which are a mid-level cloud forming at heights from 1.2 to 4.5 miles above sea level.  Height is determined by the severity of atmospheric disturbance.  They are formed by the accumulation of moisture and air that is forced high enough for the clouds to form.  The heating of the ocean provide the moisture in this case and the upward movement of air is most likely due to convection.  The perlucidus version of altocumulous clouds indicate a change in weather within six to eight hours.  VHF does call for deteriorating weather and rain in the evening.  Click on any of following for resource and info.  Clouds online   Names of Clouds   WeatherOnline

I head over to my dry clothing and gear, stuff it in a bag once more, carry it back to camp and put each item in its place which is mostly in the cockpit, sealed under my dive flag “cover.”  Camera in hand I walk to what’s left of my sandless beach to capture a few more scenes and plants before hiking up over the cliffs toward the south as far as possible to grab a few more photos.  This shouldn’t take long as the cliff exposure is a very short distance before hitting trees, shrubs and brush.  The tide is rising as well which will cut this portion off if I wait much longer.  I’ll take my nap later.

Zoomed in on buoy from cliff.  It’s position and movement indicates current and speed.

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Orographic Clouds

I live on an open plateau (1,850 ft.) barely north of the Presidential Mountain Range in New Hampshire.  One of the pleasures of being up here is witnessing the interaction between the mountainous topography with the sky/weather.

My favorite cloud formations are  Orographic Clouds.  The most basic definition says that they are formed by air being forced upslope.  Click to learn more

I have plenty of good quality photos of this cloud type but would like to share some from one particular evening, April 17th 2009.   The reason being that there were several of them whose formation took place at the same time.  Some actually traveled over a lengthy period of time, moving across the valley from the Carter-Moriah Range over to the Presidential’s.  In my case, Mt. Madison.

[*Note, I do have a question as to the creation of a stratus cloud(s) during this time?  It was so thick that it appeared to be a solid wall, literally swallowing the sun.  It was also at a perfect 90 degree angle to the Orographic display and so close that I  placed one foot inside and the other outside of the cloud at the same time.  Inside this stratus was nothing but moisture and a few feet visibility.]

These photos were taken with film which is great but I didn’t properly store the photos.   I “processed” them with Photoshop, leaving some of them a bit saturated and just for fun used the program’s choice of “levels” on all of them.  Most of them were pretty close but some were rather interesting and are included with the others as duplicates.

This summer I saw a rare Orographic formation while driving home.   They are Kelvin-Hemholtz Waves and from what I’ve read they form quickly and don’t last long which was my experience.   I happened to have my camera with me but it was almost dark and so little time.  The formation dissipated in about one and a half minutes.

A Wish Granted

The crunch of Abbie B on the low tidal rocks of Surprise Beach is why I put Kevlar over the hull.   One might call this, “Maine Tough-Weave.”

Dan offered three choices for finishing out Abbie B, Fiberglass, Carbon-Fiber or Kevlar.   I already knew quite a bit about Fiberglass.   What I found interesting is that Carbon Fiber is very brittle and will crack, splinter, or shatter with age or serious impact.  Kevlar!

I’m still tired from my pre-vacation craziness and find myself content to be on Jewell Island.   I can rest here.   In this place, where history is filled with the ghosts of men and women layered through time.   Each one having its own distinctiveness, both diverse and unique.   Now, I’m here.

Abbie B is floating on the incoming tide, (10.2 ft tonight) while I busy myself with a cursory exploration of the camping areas.  There are two places, Beach and Punchbowl.   The Punchbowl is choice in excellent weather as it is situated on a rocky, bluff-like, protrusion.   It is tucked down a bit but the wind is flowing through the tenting area at about 8 mph.   I’ll take the more protected but view-less site.

Oops, Sorry Abbie.   I’m coming!   Now, the crunching sound is under my feet.  Hate to lose ya gal!  I hasten my pace.  Up ya go, gal.   Her hull gives off a swishing sound, like that of fine sandpaper on light wood.  Better.

The late afternoon light dims into early evening, according to circadian rhythmic time.  A beat a love.  Even in “civilization,” my body follows it’s tune.

I hit the internet awhile back looking for a clearly defined circadian explanation.  Guess what? There are a lot of sites offering a test questionnaire to see if a person “is at odds with your routine” and the like.  Others, talk about its severity and label it as a “disorder.”  A certain demonstration of how the voracity of social greed or gluttony is dictating beliefs as to what is nature and what is sickness.  Silly us!

I guess I am loosening up.  Great to be feeling better.  Brrr, the wind is serving cool air.  I better change.  But first, picture time!  Here’s my evening pleasure before settling in for a night of restful sleep.


Cirrus spectacularus