Brrrrrrrrrrr. An Almost-Wordless Wednesday post.
3 days ago
"This old saying actually has a scientific explanation. It relates to moving high and low surface-pressure weather systems, and the way that the colors in sunlight are scattered differently by dirty and clean atmospheres. This is the explanation of how these phenomena combine to color our sunrises and sunsets." (NOAA link)I read then reread the NOAA page, trying to absorb the explanation of how a low pressure system has a cloudy and cleaner atmosphere causing different scattering of blue vs red light rays, etc. The diagrams helped and I thought I had a grasp on it, right up to the statement:
"A cleaner atmosphere at sunrise or sunset is colored by a mixture of all but the blue colors, giving it a yellowish appearance."What? this week the atmospheric pressure was high, very high, and this is what a sunrise looked like… definitely yellowish. So much for science and folk wisdom - this calls for further study.
|Photo: Early morning view thru the pilothouse window|
|Photo: Snow on the westerly peaks, with much more predicted this week.|
|Photo: Beautiful sunset, with advancing storm clouds.|
|Photo: tug with an unusual tow heads for Cape Caution|
|Photo: this tow might benefit from minimal swell and wave height|
|Photo: this helicopter flew up and down canyons, buzzed along the shoreline and disappeared over the ridge line - photo op or timber cruising?|
|Photo: what WAS that chopper doing there, perched on the rocks?|
|Photo: a modern day logging operation in Smith Inlet|
|Photo: The bottom of the channel is 700 feet below the hull; that's plenty deep!|
|Photo: Wow! it's 1518 feet deep in the channel, so close to shore. The contour lines indicate steep slopes up to the surface, which usually continue up into steep cliffs above the water.|
|Photo: Sir Alexander MacKenzie marker in Dean Channel|
|Photo: A channel at the mouth of the Elcho River.|
|Photo: Elcho River where the water becomes too shallow to transit further by dinghy.|
|Photo: The tiny dot on the water is Rhapsody at anchor in Elcho Bay.|
"A mile and a half from the mouth of the river lies the Dean River canyon- a narrow, steep section with strong current and many small falls. For an anadromous fish to successfully navigate this section on its way to spawn, it must be not only strong but resilient. Evolution has dictated that there are simply no weak Dean fish- any steelhead in the Dean with less than world-class athletic ability will quickly fall out of the gene pool, losing its battle with the canyon.
Dean River steelhead crush flies. They jump repeatedly. They torch drags. They sprint downriver. They sometimes sprint upriver. They don’t quit, and they often leave shaken anglers wondering what the heck just happened on the end of their line."
|Photo: Anglers begin a run up the Dean River.|
|Photo: Dean River's mouth barely hints at the steep canyon and rugged country beyond.|
|Photo: The entrance to Elcho Bay was a welcome sight.|