Whatever Weds. First Snow of the Season!

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It snowed in the valley and mountains yesterday evening then it rained, then it rained and snowed at the same time. That was weird. What’s that phenomenon called when it does that? Big, fat chucky snowflakes coming down while it was raining. I’d never seen anything like it before.

I woke up hoping the sunrise would be pretty and there would be snow on the valley floor, alas no snow on the valley floor and barely any on the lower PineNut Mountains, but the Carson Range and Eastern Sierras are gorgeous this morning.

Morning after the first snow.

It was 28 degrees F when I stepped outside to make this image, and there’s a better than 50% chance of more snow this morning. I am hoping we get a little more today but, not tonight. He-Man and I have been meeting friends off and on for over a month on Weds. nights to play trivia at a local grill/bar. We’re having a lot of fun playing. We came in 4th on our first night of playing and have made it to the leader board every time since but we’ve not yet made it to the top 3. We’re team “The Silver Foxes”.

I need to scoot and look for the clues to tonight’s questions. I hope your week is going well, and you all have a lovely Wednesday!

Nikon D810| Nikkor 24-120mm| PS CC 24.0.0

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Wordless Weds. A Crisp and Chilly Morning

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Fog and Alpine Glow on a Fall Morning

Fuji X-T3| Fujinon 16-80mm @80mm| PS CC 24.0.0

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Wordless Wednesday 45/52 Good Morning Sunshine!

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Nikon D810| Nikkor 105mm| Hoodman Digital Film| PS CC 2018

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Walton Light Station Dawn

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I met up with one of the photography groups I belong to at Santa Cruz’s Walton Light Station for sunrise this week-end.  We hoped for more clouds, but the weather changed from cloudy to clear late in the week so we knew it wouldn’t be very colorful, and yet there was some warm color, and a lovely glow low on the horizon as the sun was approaching.

Walton Light Station Dawn

But turning to my left looking northeast across the channel  there were clouds and some color.

Harbor Channel Santa Cruz Dawn

For the history buffs:

Located at the northern end of Monterey Bay, Santa Cruz Harbor is a haven for fishing craft and vessels. A harbor light, located at the west jetty, has marked its entrance for forty years. The original light was a box light structure which served from 1964 – 1996. It was replaced by a cylinder nicknamed “the water heater” which was used from 1996 – 1999. From 1999 until May 2002, a simple pipe structure held the light which marked the way into the harbor.

In 1998, the Santa Cruz community, under the leadership of Bill Simpkins and Jim Thoits, proposed replacing the unsightly harbor light with a lighthouse of classic design, adding a little more character to a community renowned for its characters. Fundraising efforts began in earnest, and with the contributions of many people, including a major donation from Charles Walton of Los Gatos, enough money was raised to begin construction of the new lighthouse in 2001.

The lighthouse, designed by Mark Mesiti-Miller and constructed by Devcon Construction, Inc., stands 41 ½ feet tall above the level of the west jetty, and 59 ½ feet above the mean low water mark. It weighs 350,000 pounds and is built to withstand a quarter million pounds of wave energy.

The construction began with a cylindrical inner core which houses electrical equipment and a circular staircase of forty-two steps which lead to the top of the lighthouse. Surrounding the inner core is a network of reinforcement rods, onto which “shotcrete” was blown and then hand-troweled to form the conical shape. These shotcrete walls are 4 ½ feet thick at the base. Finally, a durable weatherproof white finish was applied to the exterior of the lighthouse and a copper roofed lantern room topped it all off.

On June 9, 2002, the new harbor lighthouse was dedicated, and the signal, a green light flashing every four seconds at a focal plane of thirty-six feet, was activated. It is named the Walton Lighthouse, in honor of Mr. Charles Walton’s late brother, Derek, who served in the merchant marines and was lost at sea during World War II.” ~lighthousefriends.com

It was worth the O’Dark Thirty wake up alarm, and drive over the hill I thought.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 28-105mm| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2017 & On1

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A New Day Dawns in Manhattan

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I’m back from a fun, but busy week in Manhattan. My sisters and I crammed in as much as we could in 6 days; several iconic buildings, museums, squares and plazas, two Broadway shows, a sunset boat cruise, the subway, and a whole lotta walking, and yet…we didn’t even scratch the surface!

I fell into Eastern Standard Time (EST) really easy. I was awake by 5am most mornings and checked the sky to see if it was worth getting out of bed. Two mornings were. Mostly we had a mix of morning overcast gray skies which blued up by the early afternoon.

This image is from our Penthouse deck on our second morning.

Dawn in Manhattan

Unfortunately, now that I’m home I feel like I need to sleep until noon before waking up.

I hope to catch up with everyone this week.

Nikon Df| Nikkor 20mm f/1.8g| Delkin Digital Film| PS CC 2016| Single Frame

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