Snohomish Washington

Clouds formed over Chelan’s Wolverine Fire visible in western Washington

(Snohomish, WA) Large clouds borne from the heat and rising thermals of a central Washington wildfire were visible in the Puget Sound area on Tuesday afternoon and early evening.

While viewing a Beyond90Seconds Periscope broadcast of the clouds, viewer Brendan Magee commented that he was able to confirm that the clouds were coming from the Wolverine Fire in Chelan.

Magee is a volunteer firefighter with the Getchell Fire Department in Snohomish County.

The clouds rising over a specific area of the Cascade mountains on Tuesday proved to have a rather predictable behavior: A cloud would rise, then seemingly collapse.

That pattern repeated itself several times.

Might make one think of a fire-breathing dragon exhaling puffs of smoke.

Each “puff” would quickly build, then slowly dissipate before the next determined blow.

There’s a proper (and far more precise) name for this type of cloud.

Special thanks to @SnoCo_Scanner (real name is Daron Johnson) for informing me that my Periscope camera and Canon 7D were focused on pyrocumulonimbus clouds.

According to Wikipedia:

The pyrocumulonimbus cloud (pyroCb) is a type of cumulonimbus cloud that forms above a source of heat, such as a wildfire, and may sometimes even extinguish the fire that formed it. It is the most extreme manifestation of a pyrocumulus cloud. According to the American Meteorological Society’s Glossary of Meteorology, a pyrocumulus is “a cumulus cloud formed by a rising thermal from a fire, or enhanced by buoyant plume emissions from an industrial combustion process.”


The photos in this post featuring Tuesday’s pyrocumulonimbus clouds were taken at Glacier Peak High School in Snohomish.

Hot air balloons from nearby Harvey Field eventually appeared over the nearby valley.

As the balloons rode the winds southward, the fire-borne clouds over the Cascades could be seen in the distance beyond them.


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Photos: Sun-splashed Edmonds, WA

(Edmonds, WA)  While working on a video project in Edmonds on Monday, I also had the opportunity to shoot some pictures.

I thought I’d share some of those photos here.

Earlier in the day, I’d actually wondered if I’d have any luck, at all, with the weather.

In Snohomish, it had been raining intermittently throughout the morning.

Edmonds delivered a beautiful—dare I say warm—mostly sunny afternoon and early evening.

And, at times, it felt as if I nearly had the beaches all to myself (I spent time at the beach south of the marina, then awaited sunset at another beach just north of the ferry dock).

One of the highlights was seeing a Bald Eagle atop a pole near the ferry dock.

My kind of day!


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VIDEO: Silver salmon jumping on Snohomish River

I couldn’t yet see the Snohomish River, but after getting out of my SUV and taking a brief walk, I could hear the familiar sound of salmon “having a splash.”

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First Time Lapse: Seattle

After a few years of watching the emergence of DSLR cameras, I finally took the leap and bought one a couple of months ago.  I primarily fancied (well, darn near drooled over) these cameras for their ability to produce stunning, high-def video.

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In the jargon of photography, it’s said a histogram can have a nice curve.  Still not as steep, though, as the learning curve I’m climbing.

To date, I’ve shot and edited three videos using the Canon 7D.  Each time I learn a bit more.  And each time, I come to appreciate that there is still much more to learn.

On Wednesday, I had the opportunity to work on my first time lapse.  But this was done with significant helpful instruction and guidance from a true pro, Ric Kasnoff.  Also in our group that stood shooting from an overlook in west Seattle on Wednesday, Kasnoff’s friend and  fellow-photographer Jerry Kacey.

Together, we each had cameras programmed to take photos at regular intervals while pointed across the water towards the Seattle skyline; thousands of individual photos destined to become three videos.  “My” timelapse appears below.  I use the word “my” very loosely.  Kasnoff was a great help. For this exercise, I used one of his cameras, a Nikon D7000. In no way can I claim that this timelapse is the fruit of my sole effort.

Both Kasnoff and Kacey were very gracious as they indulged my asking all sorts of questions related to DSLR cameras.

Meantime, I didn’t let the opportunity pass without shooting a few stills with the Canon 7D; as the conditions offered yet another opportunity to experiment with the settings and learn more about them.  I was pleased with the way the photo below turned-out (click image for larger view).

Photo taken with Canon 7D