April 25, 2012

A nice looking late season storm is about to arrive!



Wonderful Wintry Weather

February 27, 2011

A very cold storm was forecast for this weekend, with snow levels possibly down to 500 ft.  We did get quite a bit of rain on Friday, but the precipitation was over by the time the temperature dropped.  However, all was clear at dawn the following day.   This made it really difficult to decide where to head out for the day, and I ended up staying close to home in the hopes the weather would get more interesting.  Luckily, some large cumulonimbus clouds started developing over the mountains in the afternoon.  It looked like the weather was clear along the mountaintop ridge, so I gassed up the car and we headed on up.

While at the gas station, we could see precipitation moving in from the east.  Normally, our weather comes from the south or west, so this was a bit unusual.  Even from such a distance (several miles) I could tell that the precipitation was not the usual rain.  On the way up, we started getting fat drops of rain, which then turned to icy pellets, and actually started accumulating on the road.  When we left Goleta, it was almost 55F, but had dropped to near freezing by the time we reached the ridge-top.

The precipitation had intensified greatly and a large amount of graupel was falling and accumulating.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen this form of precipitation, so it was very cool to experience something new.  Photographing in these conditions is always a challenge.  The lighting conditions and weather were changing rapidly and with the road conditions deteriorating, I couldn’t spend a lot of time up there.  However, I managed to come away with several images that I like.

“Cumulonimbus Clouds”  –  Lake los Carneros, Goleta  (2-stop, soft, GND Filter)

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First Front of the Fall

October 4, 2010

It was only a little over a week ago that it was well into the 100’s here in So Cal.  Now, our first cold front of the season is heading our way.  It probably won’t bring much in the way of rain, but it certainly brought the wind!  It also brought some interesting clouds to the local mountains.  Here are a few snaps from the brief evening walk.

“Clouds I”

“Clouds II”

Favorites from February 2010

March 14, 2010

While doing some digital organizing, I realized that I have only posted a small fraction of my favorite images from last month.  The bulk of my time was spent searching for the local bobcats.  Day-by-day, they have become more difficult to find and with warm weather in the forecast I think they will become far less active during the day.  Thankfully the warm weather should really kickstart the wildflowers and I hope to get out to as many of the hotspots as possible this season.

“Young Male Bobcat at Dusk”  –  Goleta, CA

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Funnel Cloud in Goleta!!

March 6, 2010

A short while ago, fellow photographer and friend, Bo Criss, alerted me to a funnel cloud/waterspout forming near UCSB.  I happened to be at Lake Los Carneros at the time and it was clearly visible.  Here are a few shots I took before it disappeared.

“Funnel Cloud over Goleta:  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA

Flying into March

March 2, 2010

Wow, I can’t believe it’s already March!  It seems like 2010 just got started and here we are, less than two weeks away from Daylight Savings Time already.  Oh, if you’re a fan of seeing the sun in the morning, I have bad news for you.  Once we turn our clocks back, the sun will rise later than it did in the dead of Winter.  (At least that’s what my resident “Date and Time” expert has told me.)  In any case, here are some recent bird images to go along with the snappy title of this post.

“Great Blue Heron with Potato Bug”  –  Goleta, CA

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Rainbow at the Lake

March 25, 2009

What better way to finish off the weekend than with an amazing rainbow arcing over the lake by my house.  My roomate was nice enough to text me about the rainbow and I raced out the door with my cameras.  The first photo is a composite of four individual photos stitched together.  I need to do some more work on it, but wanted to share a photo of the entire rainbow even if it isn’t perfect.  If you look closely, you can see a faint double-rainbow.


“Full Rainbow”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Swallowed by Color”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“Watery Treasure”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA


“The Source”  –  Lake Los Carneros, Goleta, CA