As I was reviewing the photos from a hike this week I noticed these two that were taken of essentially the same scene from an almost identical perspective. The main differences between the two were time (the first was taken at 6:40AM and the second at 7:47AM) and weather (clouds had swept over the mountain between the two photos).
It is amazing that as you climb higher you get to the level of the clouds. At that height when you are on the trail you can see those clouds coming right at you and then they surround you as they dump all that water on you…It does bring out the most beautiful shades of green. Thank you for sharing your really gorgeous photos.
Interesting to see the change in weather in the course of an hour. I’ve been on a mountain and by the sea when heavy fog rolled in really quickly. It is very disorienting. As you said in a comment above…always have the all important map and compass!
Yes, when the weather is unsettled things can change fast! The visibility and the temperature too. A few years ago on a hunting trip I parked the Jeep and hunted through a stretch of ridgetop for about an hour. Then drove back down in 4 inches of new snow.
I do. I visit there at least three times a year and that particular spot is on the edge of a cliff that drops about a thousand feet to the north. On a good day I can see for about a hundred miles from there.
When I lived in Berkeley, I used to go to the top of the hills and watch the fog roll in through the Golden Gate. Sometimes it would come in above, sometimes entirely below. Now and then, it would thread through the spans themselves. It was so beautiful.
As for quick changes – I thought sea fog was the worst, but these clouds are in the competition. When I still was learning the basics of sailing, my instructor drilled into me that I always should plot a course, so that in a fog, I could sail the reciprocal and get home. Fog and low clouds are beautiful but unnerving. It’s almost impossible to know where a fog horn is sounding – or where another vessel is passing. I imagine it’s the same on the trail.
Fog and clouds can be formidable events. I remember once in Seattle I was at a theater when a very dense fog came in and it seemed to take me forever to find my car. That can be so dangerous at sea or in the back country! Today I was hiking on a trail that was new to me and most of it was covered by deep snow banks and sometimes a snow field. I watched the weather very carefully because following only footprints in limited visibility in that country would be a very harrowing experience!