Saturday, February 18, 2017

Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers

Morning Sky

The weather forecast gave the impression I'd stay dry if I finished my shopping by mid-afternoon. I got in my car, and although the sky was cloudy, it wasn't raining. That was at 10:55 AM.

Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Sky View 2-18-17, Paso Robles, 10:55 AM, ©  B. Radisavljevic 


I drove to Atascadero, parked on Traffic Way and took a few photos. This is one that shows how green the hills are now. As you can see, the sky was blue looking northeast. 

Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Sky View from Traffic Way in Atascadero about 11:30 AM, ©  B. Radisavljevic

I walked around and took more pictures in the almost deserted Sunken Gardens.  It was windy, and you can see how the wind and earlier rain had combined to make the fountain spill over onto the surrounding area. 


Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Fountain at Sunken Gardens in  Atascadero about 11-45 AM, ©  B. Radisavljevic

After leaving the park I made my way to Smart and Final to shop. I was there by noon. By 1 PM I was back in my car, and there was still no rain. I headed to Trader Joe's in Templeton. I had planned to stop at Von's but it had started to rain hard by the time I drove the short distance there and the parking lot was full. I only needed one thing there and opted to skip it and go straight to Trader Joe's. It rained on and off all the way to Templeton. Fortunately when I got to Trader Joe's the rain had stopped and the sky was blue again. I left my hat in the car. 

Afternoon

That turned out to be a mistake. As I left Trader Joe's I could see the rain coming down as I reached the exit. My hat was in the car, so I tried to keep my glasses dry. As luck would have it, the rain became just a drizzle as I walked to my car. When I got home the rain had pretty much died down. I was able to unload the car without getting wet. At 4:30 I went to my front yard to take a picture, and this is how the sky looked then. 

Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Sky View 2-18-17, Paso Robles, 4:30  PM, ©  B. Radisavljevic 


As the Sun Went Down

These photos were taken at 5:25 PM

Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers


Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Sky View 2-18-17, Paso Robles, 5:25  PM, ©  B. Radisavljevic 



Sunset

These photos were taken from different angles at sunset. I show them in order. 

Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Sky View 2-18-17, Paso Robles, 5:48  PM, ©  B. Radisavljevic 


Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Sky View 2-18-17, Paso Robles, 5:48  PM, ©  B. Radisavljevic 

Sky Journal of Day with Sporadic Showers
Sky View 2-18-17, Paso Robles, 5:48  PM, ©  B. Radisavljevic 

It was eerie to drive in and out of showers as I passed under storm clouds on my way home.  I'm grateful we've gotten more rain, but not enough to do much damage. Our friends in Northern and Southern California have had much more damage. 

I"m seriously thinking of getting one of these rain barrels to collect and save some of this water for the summer. 


How has your weather been this week? How has it affected you personally or those you know?



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Sunday, February 12, 2017

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal

An Unintentional River Walk

I didn't mean to go for a river walk today. It was raining when I left the house about 2:40 and I only intended to shop at Smart and Final downtown and come right home. By the time I left the rain had stopped and it was a gorgeous afternoon. As I drove up 21st Street, I saw a photo I wanted to take so I parked on Spring. That photo didn't turn out, but I kept walking to 20th. I noticed there that the sky was quite different on the east side of the street than the west side. The east side was dark and gray.

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
The East Side of 20th and Spring Street Is Gray

The west side was bright blue with only fluffy white clouds. Just by turning your head you'd get a different sense of what the weather was like. 

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
The West Side of 20th and Spring Is Bright and Blue

I took a few shots I will share in another post of a surprise I found, and then I started home on South River Road. That's when I noticed what a lovely day it was for a photo walk along the river. 

The Salinas River Between Navajo Avenue and 13th Street


I parked on Navajo right where it curves to parallel the river. Then I strolled up to the 13th Street Bridge. After taking a few photos from the bridge, my camera battery died. That meant the walk back to the car was much faster than the walk to the bridge. This photo was taken very close to where I parked. You can see the Derby Wine Estates Building across the river. 

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
Looking Across the River to Derby Wine Estates Building

It appears the city planted some colorful shrubs on the slope. I assume the mustard is wild. From this view, you only see one channel of the river. Vegetation and sandbars keep you from seeing the other channels from here.  


Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
Colorful Shrubs Combine with Wild Mustard to Beautify the Slope

One thing I can't show you is the sound. The trees chirp as you pass them. The birds and bunnies scamper along the ground so fast they are almost impossible to photograph, but I heard the brush rustle. Birdsong accompanied me all along the way. This is one of the last shots I got before my battery died.



Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
Looking North from Salinas River Trail North of Niblick Road


I finally got to the bridge after taking over a hundred photos. You can the see the whole width of the river from the bridge, but I couldn't capture all of it in the shots I took while my battery was still alive. I was facing south toward Niblick Road when I took this shot. It will give you an idea of the river's width.  

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
View of Salinas River Looking South from 13th Street Bridge

Sky Journal February 11, 2017


This was a day of swift weather changes. I took my first photo at 12:19 PM. Doesn't it look like a beautiful day?

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
It's a Beautiful Day to the East at 2:19 PM

This is the same scene at 2:30. It doesn't seem too much different except for that creeping gray cloud to the left of the oak tree. 

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
Gray Cloud Is Sneaking up to the Tree, 2:30 PM

When I stood facing the tree and turned left to look south, I saw a much different picture that was more accurate in predicting the weather. It was taken only seconds after the one above.

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
Gray Rain Clouds Approaching from the South at 2:30
 

Sure enough. Although I was hurrying to leave on my shopping errand, I couldn't beat the rain. The drops started to come just as I took this photo at 2:40 before I got into the car. 

Salinas River Walk Photos and Sky Journal
At 2:40 the Rain Began

My entire walk took an hour and fifteen minutes. I highly recommend this walk for anyone who likes to photograph the river and the critters who live near it. 

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Wednesday, February 8, 2017

What a Difference Five Minutes Can Make in the Sky

Evening Sky on Wordless Wednesday 


Just a few words! the sky was gray almost all day. I wasn't even going to post photos. At around 5 PM I looked out and saw this scene instead of the steady gray, so I was going to title it The Most Exciting Sky of the Day.


What a Difference Five Minutes Can Make in the Sky
Paso Robles Sky to the West at 5 PM, 2-8-17, after a Gray Day


I went in the house, downloaded the photo and edited it to post. Then I looked out the window again and saw this. 

What a Difference Five Minutes Can Make in the Sky
Paso Robles Sky to the West at 5:05 PM, 2-8-17, Approaching Sunset

What a difference a few minutes and the sun can make in the sky!


Monday, February 6, 2017

46 West Wine County is Green Again

46 West Wine Country is Green After the Rains

I had a view minutes to stop and photograph the green pastures on my way to our Templeton house today. I stopped at the Tooth and Nail Winery castle parking lot and walked as far east on the property as I could go. I took this photo from behind the winery. I love the green pastures, the fences that divide them, the oaks, and the green grass between the rows of vines.

46 West Wine County is Green Again
Countryside East of Tooth and Nail Winery



When I saw the cattle enjoying one of the pastures just east of Tooth and Nail Winery, I knew I had to photograph them. I used my zoom because I could not get too close. I took the photo from the back of the Tooth and Nail Winery. The photo is divided in the middle by Highway 46. You can see a vineyard on the other side of it, as well as the oak trees.


46 West Wine County is Green Again
Castle Grazing on Land Just East of Tooth and Nail Winery


This view as I looked down at 46 West from the castle parking lot drew my attention. Since I used a zoom, the view across 46 looks closer than it really is. The light is dim looking south, since I took this series of photos around 4:40 and the sky overcast.


46 West Wine County is Green Again
Looking Across Highway 46 West from  Tooth and Nail Winery Parking Lot



Sky Journal 

I'm changing the location of the sky journal today. It was gray almost all day between the oak and the palms where I usually record changes in the sky. The photos around 4:40 from the castle grounds were more interesting.  This is my favorite. 


46 West Wine County is Green Again
Sky View from Tooth and Nail Parking Lot, 2-6-17 about 4:40PM Looking West



When I got to the house, I had to capture this sky as I looked east on 46 toward Highway 101. It was about 4:50 and you can see just how gray the sky is in contrast to the tiny bit of light where the road meets the horizon. Notice the mustard is beginning to bloom on the side of the slope


46 West Wine County is Green Again
Looking East on Highway 46 West about 4:50, 2-6-17


Lastly, we see the sky looking southwest over some of our trees as I turned in my driveway. Just a bit of sun is peeking through the gray clouds.

46 West Wine County is Green Again
Sun Peeks through Clouds Over Trees on Our Land. 


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Sunday, February 5, 2017

Moss in My Backyard and 2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal

Moss Beside My Back Lawn

Never before this week have I seen moss growing in my yard -- not even on the north-facing part of my property. Let's face it. Moss doesn't grow during a drought. It is, however, growing in my yard now on the east side where the rose garden meets the lawn. It is definitely getting enough moisture to survive for the time being. 

Moss in My Backyard
Moss in My Backyard

Photo Sky Journal for February 5


The day began and ended with a gray sky. Occasionally during the afternoon, I saw some blue. When the sky was gray, I seemed to be walking in a cloud, with droplets clinging to me as I moved. 

2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal
2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal 11 AM

By 1:15 there were small breaks in the clouds where a bit of blue was visible. 

2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal
2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal 1:15 PM


By 3:40, the sky looked almost normal for this time of day. The sun was bright. 


2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal
2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal 3:40 Pm


By the time the sun was almost down at 5:15, I was wondering why the rain hadn't started yet. I didn't hear it start to come down until after 7. 


2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal
2-5-17 Photo Sky Journal 5:15 PM

I miss having a colorful sunset. 

This Photo Sky Journal began on February 2, 2017, to record the changes in the sky during the day from the same location each day. 

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine

Down by the Paso Robles Train Station


This afternoon I was just leaving an appointment around 5 PM on Seventh and Pine when I heard the Amtrak train coming into the station. I managed to get my camera out before the train was completely out of sight. 


Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine
Amtrak Train Pulling into Paso Robles Station around 5 PM


I walked as fast as I could hoping to get to the depot for some other closer shots. I was in luck. One of the boarding passengers didn't have all her luggage aboard yet. As she was rushing toward the open door, I noticed she had dropped a scarf. I ran to pick it up for her, but she was so flustered about her luggage she almost didn't notice me trying to hand it to her. I wanted to give it to her so I could finish getting my photos before the train pulled away again. 

Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine
A Peek throught the Amtrak Train's Open Door


The lady and her escort finally took the scarf and I turned north again to take this photo of the train while it was stopped. Notice the sign for the Paso Robles Depot. 

Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine
Amtrak Train Parked at Paso Robles Depot about 5 PM -- Please Pin Me



Zazzle Products Featuring the Paso Robles Train Station


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These products all come from photos I have taken at the Paso Robles Transportation Center (Amtrak train station) in the past.


Sky Journal February 4, 2017


I welcomed the sunshine today after yesterday's rain. This is how my usual photo spot across the street looked at about 11:30 AM.

Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine
Late Morning Sky at 11:30 AM


By 2 PM the scene had changed. You can see the contrail high in the photo. 

Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine
2 PM, Fluffy Clouds with Contrail

At 4:20 when I left for my appointment,  the sky looked like this. The bright sun was behind the tree trunk of the oak. 

Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine
Sunburst behind Oak, 4:15 PM


When I came home about 5:15 PM, the sun was ready to say goodbye. 

Down by the Station and Welcome Sunshine
Sun Almost  Down, 5:15 PM


Kind of a mellow sunset, don't you think?

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