John & Anne Wiley

2011/01/30

Stormy Weather

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,Random,SB Region,Tripp — John @ 07:34

It’s been such great weather for a while now that we grew complacent. This evening we noticed possible rain forecast for tomorrow, so we went out to pamper Tripp a little and try on her new cover (aka “wrap”). It fits much better than the first one they sent us, so we took it off again and while I recaulked Tripp’s windows Anne waxed them with Nu Finish (blocks UV, so it both protects the plexi and interior but also reduces our need for sunscreen on our faces).

Well it turned out we were in for quite a sunset spectacle. It started with the partly clouded sun going down into the trees on the knoll across the runway at UCSB.

5068 UC Sunset

5068 UC Sunset

Pretty nice, and more impressive than the pic shows. I was about to put away the camera when I looked around. Over in the northwest past the radar tower a line of low clouds was spilling over the mountains.

5072 Cloud Spill

5072 Cloud Spill

Looking up, I noticed some interesting small clouds pretending to be dancing animals.

5073 Cloud Animals

5073 Cloud Animals

Over in the northeast a jet contrail arched over more cloud overflow, so I guess Santa Ynez Valley was already solid overcast. I wonder what it looked like from that jet.

5074 Contrail Arch

5074 Contrail Arch

OK, back to work. I was hustling to finish before dark and ignored the show even though it was still going on. Luckily I glanced up again 15 minutes later and over UCSB things had changed dramatically.

5081 UCSB Afterglow

5081 UCSB Afterglow

It’s interesting to me how each of these photos doesn’t capture what we saw yet does show some part of it and each photo shows a different part. Over in the northwest the more subtle colors and reduced light made the control tower look like something in Tolkien.

5083 Dark Tower

5083 Dark Tower

Just a little back toward the West things looked (and photographed) like a different story as I captured an airliner taking off. What did those passengers see?

5089 Pastel Plane

5089 Pastel Plane

A full 25 minutes after that first pic, I snapped this last one and finished up just before dark.

5098 Rusty Sky

5098 Rusty Sky

Just as we got home the wind started up, as if to congratulate us for preparing Tripp to withstand some stormy weather.

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