Living in Your Own Private Cryosphere

Albedo is the reflectivity of the earth's surface. Ice, white and bright, has a high albedo, reflecting back the sun on itself, whereas water draws the solar radiation deep into its hues. Water is always in flux, mutable -- liquid, vaporous, frozen -- evaporating, condensing and expanding. This fluidity of form and purpose fuels life with its hydrological rhythms. And, it stores life, even as deep as 4000 meters below the East Antarctic ice [...]

2018-02-15T21:49:10+00:00 December 12th, 2013|Blog, Photography, Weather|9 Comments

I Wish I Was the Moon

Full moon rising orange over Seattle last night ... the real moon, not Photoshopped into the background. :) ~ click for larger image - ©ingridtaylar ~ I Wish I Was the Moon - Neko Case How will you know if you found me at last 'Cause I'll be the one, be the one, be the one With my heart in my lap I'm so tired, I'm so tired And I wish I was [...]

2013-04-26T05:26:36+00:00 April 26th, 2013|Moon, Uncategorized, Urban, Weather|4 Comments

Seattle Birds on a Wire

Like a bird on the wire, Like a drunk in a midnight choir I have tried in my way to be free. Like a worm on a hook, Like a knight from some old fashioned book I have saved all my ribbons for thee. If I, if I have been unkind, I hope that you can just let it go by. If I, if I have been untrue I hope you know it was never [...]

2013-03-06T19:01:09+00:00 March 6th, 2013|Uncategorized, Weather|5 Comments

On Little Cat Feet in Seattle

Carl Sandburg's metaphor of fog creeping in "on little cat feet" over the harbor and sky is 21 words of descriptive perfection. But, it wasn't this gentle, pitter-patter idea of fog that formed me. It was a more treacherous fog, the fog of the mire, the one shrouding fantastical and coal-black specters: The cloud was within fifty yards of where we lay, and we glared at it, all three, uncertain what horror was [...]

2012-11-18T02:27:40+00:00 November 18th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|8 Comments

Crepusculars at Highway Speed

These three photos show the extent of my photography in recent days: freeze-framing highway scenery from a moving car. We're driving through Oregon, in one of those storms where the windshield wipers simply melt into cascading rain. Selfishly speaking, I'm grateful it's not my turn to drive when the weather is that much bigger than technology. I once drove through a fog bank so thick, coming out of Tehachapi, that I nearly pulled to the [...]

2012-11-08T16:20:06+00:00 November 8th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|5 Comments

How Birds Handle Hurricanes

Stay safe, sound, dry and warm my human and nonhuman friends on the East Coast. We're keeping tabs on the latest reports and send every ounce of positive energy and thought your way. ------------------------------------ I've heard some of the more sensational stories of hurricanes blowing birds way off course. But, I wasn't sure what other avian coping mechanisms came into play when big storms hit. Here are links to a few pieces I found on [...]

2012-10-29T20:50:12+00:00 October 29th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|1 Comment

Flying Into a Half Moon

It's thematically appropriate that our move to Seattle -- Jet City -- inspired my first aircraft-on-moon shots. I'd just photographed the Wolf Moon at the Space Needle ... layering two exposures to bring the moon into focus. On the ride into the city, I then noticed that this winter whopper of a moon tracked behind the flight path to SeaTac. I grabbed a few shots of the one plane that crossed over the [...]

2012-08-17T14:53:22+00:00 August 17th, 2012|Moon, Urban, Weather|2 Comments

Seattle Sky Electric

:: They're tendrils of light, wicked with amperes, coulombs and megajoules ... :: A vision in voltage that sparked my night and then my morning, :: Cracking the sky into pieces until it murmured, then crumbled into a cup of reverie. I was awake for this 2am electrical storm over Seattle ... one that didn't stir a soul for its bare whisper of thunder. For more than an hour, these forks of lightning bolted across [...]

2012-07-09T02:52:29+00:00 July 9th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|4 Comments

Heat and the Osprey Canopy

I've never heard as much talk about the weather as I do here in the Northwest. Most people I meet do not like the drizzle, despite the fact that it's an integral facet of living in a marine environment. For me, when the temperature starts to hit 80, I seek basement bunkers. Heat stroke cured me of sun worship. And then, living through years of Los Angeles water rationing and drought, I developed a love-love [...]

2012-07-04T12:08:42+00:00 July 4th, 2012|Uncategorized, Weather|3 Comments

Say It’s Only a Cormorant Moon …

... sailing over a cardboard sea. The sun came out and I raced down to the locks where, just a few days before, I'd seen the most perfect light on alighting herons. There's a rookery that spans a ravine, the northern terminus of which is at the Ballard Locks. Several Great Blue Heron couples (Ardea herodias) took up residence there last month, as they do each year ... above the roar of the spillway, the [...]

2012-04-01T15:34:58+00:00 April 1st, 2012|Moon, Uncategorized, Weather|6 Comments