Wednesday, December 22, 2021

Year End Sunset Summary

January: a hint of color as the sun goes down
I've only posted four times this year - barely or non-geologic posts - so doing a regular year end summary makes zero sense. So I decided to just pick a favorite sunset photo from each month and post, mostly without comment.
July: the first of many smoky days
August: more smoke
September: most of the smoke is finally gone
October: but not all of it

Happy Holidays everyone!

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Snow Day!

Views from my front and back doors this morning. All told, there has been about 6" of snow, 5" shown in the photos.

Tuesday, September 21, 2021

Color, minor geology

Geology: pencils for drafting cross-sections, hard hat and books, conglomerate.

Wednesday, June 30, 2021

Dust Storm in Nevada

When I got up this morning, I could barely see the nearby East Range and couldn't see the Eugene Mountains at all for all the thick dust. I eventually went out to get some coffee, and ended up searching for locations to get a few photos. The dust had cleared a little, though. The above shot shows the partly hidden East Range (and doesn't show the completely hidden Eugene Mountains). The closer part of the East Range is about 9 miles away; the Eugene Mountains are 24 miles away.
Here's a shot looking more or less east toward the Sonoma Range, which at only 8 miles distance look pretty hazy.
Off to the north, things weren't quite as hazy, although you can still see a white haze.
After getting coffee, I looked at the weather satellite photos for the Pacific Southwest, which clearly showed a large dust storm, probably a haboob, moving northward and eastward from the Fallon and Carson Sink area, beginning around 8:00pm last night, continuing as late as 11:00pm. By the time I remembered to grab a screen shot of the satellite photos, it was late this afternoon, so I couldn't capture the beginning.
These screen shots are from about 8:00pm PST last night. I've added the outline of the front of the dust plume in the second shot.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

Washoe Lake, Slide, Mt. Rose, and Lake Tahoe

Just a quick shot taken from a plane a couple days ago, looking south from around 12,000 feet or so. We circled Lake Tahoe completely, finally coming into the Reno airport from the south—an approach I'm not sure I've been on in my several decades living in the area.