19 Mar 18 Lately there has been a lot of discussion about our globe experiencing another Grand Solar Minimum. It is a rather interesting discussion regardless of your take on it but a part of it that has caught my attention is a discussion of changes in clouds and cloud patterns that we should expect. Now, having NO meteorological experience save for that given in ground school in flight training, I have to admit that I have little to no knowledge of how accurate the discussion of changing clouds and cloud patterns may be. That said I can say that I have been seeing increasingly different types of clouds in our local area from that which I can remember from either my youth or what I was photographing as recently as a decade back when we returned here after retiring. Of course there is always the proposition that, like seeing everywhere the same car as you just purchased when you weren't aware of them prior, having read about the idea of new clouds has just drawn my attention to same. That however does not account for the photographic record. Regardless of the reason, real or imagined, the cloud displays to which we are being treated are simply delightful. A fun thing to do for me is to photograph clouds which I can use to create digital "brushes" which allow me to add a cloud or two to an otherwise boring sky and as you are aware I infrequently do so but also tell you when I do it. So all the clouds that have been showing up lately have me out collecting as many of them as practical. While doing such Sunday I got a few cloud shots which had more than just clouds in them, and I'm sharing one of those today. I may share a second version of the same image for Tuesday as we are heading up to the Skagit Monday for a Snow Goose shoot and will likely return home late. The shot today is from Norwegian Point, next door to my cousin's home on Puget Sound, looking across the Sound. Whidbey Island is at the far left, Seattle is off screen at the far right, and the Point-No-Point light house is immediately to the left of that small tower on the horizon. Of course it is the clouds that caused me to take the shot, but I think it all goes together quite well.
This is pretty much straight from the camera save for a small amount of contrast enhancement. Nikon D500; 18 - 200; Aperture priority; ISO 200; 1/320 sec @ f /16.