Cooperative Long-tailed Ducks

Heavy rain fell from thick gray clouds this morning. Brighter clouds prevailed this afternoon, gifting us with only occasional showers of rain and later graupel. While watching the channel, I saw Long-tailed Ducks spending some time as close to the shore as I’ve ever seen them, offering a nice opportunity to get some pictures.

A Grayed Day for Catching up

As forecast, snow was falling this morning. By later in the morning, it had turned to rain. I spent much of the day working on photos from yesterday, and catching up with some thoughts and observations about the snow and taking pictures of moon rise.

Full Moon Rising after a Sunny Sunday

The forecast had been calling for clearing skies, so I was a little surprised to see blue skies and sun when I looked out the window this morning. Apparently the clouds had moved off a little more quickly than expected. Last night’s snow had resulted in enough accumulation to make things white, but it didn’t … Read more

Sitka Nature Show #233 – Rachel Lauer (encore)

The March 28th show featured a conversation with marine hydrogeologist Rachel Lauer. We spoke about her work investigating the plumbing systems of the sea floor and how water moves around and through faults deep under the ocean surface. This conversation was recorded and originally aired in Fall 2018.

Herring Weather and a Full Moon

I woke this morning to see snow falling outside. Occasional showers continued throughout the day, with more rain mixed in during the afternoon, and snow back in force this evening. The herring fishery had an opening north of town. With the mix of snow, rain, and sun, it was a good reminder why I think of such conditions as herring weather.