Saturday, August 20, 2016

Canyonlands National Park: Mammatus Clouds Over the Island in the Sky

Mammatus Clouds Over Grand View Point Road
Island in the Sky Segment, Canyonlands National Park.  Utah.  April 28, 2016.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: August 20, 2016


Weather was a huge theme on my long trip this spring. This was taken on the same day as yesterday's photo, running up and down Canyonlands' Island in the Sky segment dodging storms between hikes. While it sounds bad, it was a great way to spend the day.  The stone is always there (in our human timeframe, at least), it's the skies that define the photos and make each moment unique.

These mammatus clouds formed early in the day as a huge storm was rolling through.  It is hard from the photos to really understand the scale of these formations, but they are huge and amazing.

Mammatus Clouds Over Rock and Stone
Candlestick Tower Overlook.  Island in the Sky Segment, Canyonlands National Park.  Utah.  April 28, 2016.
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Later on, I was talking with another photographer who was marveling at how most of the tourists were completely missing the show.  Oohing and awwing at the two thousand foot cliffs, they neglected to look up and notice the very spectacular, and much more temporary show going on over head.

I must admit that I was semi-guilty of the same thing.  I noticed the clouds and was in awe of them, but running through my photos today, I realized that I spent too much time with my camera pointed into the canyons instead of towards the sky while these clouds were overhead.

To be fair to myself, though, the weather was creating spectacular sights no matter where you looked at the time.

Mammatus Clouds Over Canyonlands
Candlestick Tower Overlook.  Island in the Sky Segment, Canyonlands National Park.  Utah.  April 28, 2016.
http://www.aflitt.com/canyonlandsnp
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Links


Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mammatus_cloud

Friday, August 19, 2016

Canyonlands National Park: Storm and Light at Candlestick Tower

Storm and Light at Candlestick Tower
Grand View Point Road, Candlestick Tower Overlook.
Island in the Sky Segment, Canyonlands National Park.  Utah.  April 28, 2016.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: August 19, 2016


A stormy day at Canyonlands spent chasing down some short hikes in the gaps between the lightning storms.  This was a theme for a lot of my travels this spring.  

I've decided to go ahead and dive into my favorite photos from the spring trip.  My time may become very limited for awhile, so rather than let them sit on my hard drive for who knows how long, it's time to get some of them out into the world.  I can worry about the writing and the storytelling later, though I will get to that too, eventually...

Thursday, August 18, 2016

Murderbait: "I See You Called"


Murderbait - I See You Called (Live at Kelly's Olympian) from A. F. Litt on Vimeo.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Yellowstone National Park: Old Faithful and Clouds

Old Faithful and Clouds
Upper Geyser Basin.  Yellowstone National Park.  Wyoming.  August 2, 2014.
http://www.aflitt.com/yellowstonenp/e72d1ec98
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: August 16, 2016



I am still buried in multiple tasks that are distracting me from posting much, but I've wanted to sneak this one in for awhile...  It's just a basic shot of Old Faithful, but I like it.

I've been avoiding getting into this year's photos too much because there is a lot of writing involved with the posts I'd like to make. In fact, a lot of those shots may be more focused on longer blog posts than shorter POTD style posts... Eventhough a lot of these posts aren't very short. When I get caught up with my recent video work, and a little more caught up with some of my older photos, I'll be diving into the new stuff more.

As for Old Faithful, I saw something on the television the other day about how an earthquake a few years back slightly changed the "plumbing" of this geyser, and lengthened the time between eruptions by quite a few minutes. They showed a clip of the park's superintendent joking that every superintendent's biggest fear is that Old Faithful will quit erupting on their watch.

Links


NPS: 
https://www.nps.gov/yell/learn/nature/oldfaithfulgeyserfaq.htm
Webcam: https://www.nps.gov/features/yell/webcam/oldFaithfulStreaming.html

Wikipedia:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Old_Faithful

Tuesday, August 09, 2016

Yellowstone National Park: Kepler Cascades

Kepler Cascades
Firehole River.  Yellowstone National Park.  August 2, 2014.
http://www.aflitt.com/yellowstonenp/e7dd6fe64
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: August 9, 2016


I've been buried in video work, both shooting and editing, since my last, true "photo of the day" post, but I wanted to take a few minutes to sneak one in today.  No time for much writing, so here's a quick waterfall shot.  Until next time...

Links


Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kepler_Cascades


Monday, July 25, 2016

Skinny Puppy, 2014

Skinny Puppy, Eye v. Spy Tour, 2014
Roseland. Portland, Oregon. December 17, 2014.
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No time to write today, so here's a concert photo!  This has bounced around a bit, but I don't think it's ever been put out as my Photo of the Day before...

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Antique Auto Tour on the Columbia River Highway

Rowena Crest, Historic Columbia River Highway (2014)
Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.  Oregon.  July 15, 2014.
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Photo of the Day by A. F. Litt: July 23, 2016


Today is the Friends of the Historic Columbia River Highway's annual Antique Auto Tour. Since it is the centennial of the HCRH this year, instead of traveling back and forth from the Western Antique Aeroplane & Automobile Museum (WAAAM) to Rowena Crest, they will be driving from Troutdale to the Columbia Gorge Discovery Center today, with a lunch stop at Marine Park in Cascade Locks.

This photo, from the 2014 tour, is not new to the world.  It's been bouncing around for a couple years, but this is the first time it's been featured as a Photo of the Day.


(Yes... If you get to the end, you'll notice that the film has been delayed a bit, and the web shorts have been paused for a bit...)



Links


Friends of the HCRH: 2016 Antique Car Tour