Monday, May 12, 2008

Cloud Cover

Several times in the past few weeks I have left my house with a sunny, blue sky overhead, drove into fog as I headed down into Homer, and spent a morning in town with the sky overcast. Growing up a flatlander, it never ceases to amaze me how I can actually live above the clouds, and how weird it is to drive through them. It happens often enough that I feel a little sorry for the people in Homer who don't realize what they're missing--a little extra sunshine, and the thrill of seeing the mountains across Kachemak Bay soaring above the clouds (Homer-ites get the view you see above: the mountains below the clouds). As you can see from this picture, the clouds do seem to hover over Kachemak Bay, and it is often clear over Cook Inlet. I don't know what the dynamics are that create this distinctive cloud cover.
By the way, if you look closely in the picture above you'll see the Coast Guard Cutter across the bay. The big picture in the banner of my blog is this same view except using my zoom. Amazing how zooming in can take a kind of boring picture and make it beautiful.

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