Late Afternoon Clouds

Today continued the dominant pattern of the winter, with breezy conditions and periodic rain. Temperatures warmed up to the lower 50s around 4pm this afternoon. It was pleasantly warm (for the season) as I sat and watched some of the clouds race by. The lower clouds were moving quickly from the SSE towards the NNW, but an upper layer of clouds seemed to be more stationary. When I first started watching, the cloud tops of the lower layer were illuminated by the sun (I was fortunately under a patch where the clouds had dissipated). As the sun dropped, the lower clouds became darker, while the upper layer of clouds took on pale hues of the setting sun.

I heard a report of a Wood Duck at Swan Lake yesterday. Neither Connor nor I were able to find it in a couple of trips to look.

It’s been a pretty busy first month+ of the year, and I have not prioritized maintaining a habit of posting. On the plus side, I have made some progress on other projects, but I usually end up having some small regrets about gaps in the posting as time goes on. I enjoy having the windows to the past provided by the posts. It’s something I especially notice when I have photos but end up not remembering much of the greater context, so the photos end up just being there. That’s probably going to end up being the case for a number of days by the time I get photos processed and posted. (The sad fact is, I haven’t actually been getting outside all that much, so there won’t be that many days of photos to back post).

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Sunset View of Mt. Edgecumbe

Thinking there might be another colorful sunset and deciding I had recovered enough from recent illness to try and work on conditioning, I was motivated to get up to the first viewpoint along Verstovia trail. As it turned out, after getting started a little later than I intended, I found I was not quite as recovered as I had imagined. It seemed just as well that a bank of clouds out towards the horizon resulted in a pretty, but not especially spectacular sunset.

While Connor walked on ahead, I followed close behind Rowan (who was also recovering from a recent cold) and tried to muster enough motivation for both of us to continue forward up the trail. We could see through the trees that the sun was sinking behind the clouds, so were not surprised to find the sun was out of sight leaving warm tones coloring the lower part of the sky centered in the southwest where the sun had dropped.

Rowan was not thrilled to be going up the hill, though in the photo below she’s doing a pretty good job of impersonating a joyful hiker. Both kids regretted not having brought water. It took Connor about 21 minutes, and Rowan and I an uncomfortable heaving 25.

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Sunset Color

As the sun was setting this afternoon, the sky became too colorful to ignore, so I spent a little time enjoying the fire-tinged clouds from my house.

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Raven Radio Show #96 – Victoria Vosburg and Jen Cedarleaf

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The 27 December show featured a conversation with Victoria Vosburg and Jen Cedarleaf, organizers of the local Christmas Bird Count. We talked about the upcoming count and other (mostly bird related) topics.

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Raven Radio Show #95 -Tom Thornton

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The 13 December show featured a conversation with Dr Tom Thornton, editor of Haa Léelk’w Hás Aaní Saax’ú: Our Grandparents’ Names on the Land. We talked about place names in Southeast Alaska (and beyond), as well as the all the work from many contributors that went into compiling the names in the place names book.

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Raven Radio Show #94 – Andy Szabo

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The 29 November show featured a conversation with Andy Szabo. Andy is the director of and a researcher with the Alaska Whale Foundation. Much of our conversation focused on Humpback Whales.

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