Al's Photography Blog

Al's Photography Blog
Folly Beach, South Carolina

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Skywatch Friday - Windsock

I recently climbed a local mountain, Mount Herman (elevation 9,063 feet, or 2,825 meters). It's a popular place for paragliders, but there weren't any this time, although I have some photos from a couple of years ago that I'll post before too long. This week's Skywatch Friday post was taken at the top, where someone has installed a good windsock to aid those adventurous souls.
To answer a couple of recent questions:

1. I'm not an expert on Yellowstone, but I believe it's buildups of various minerals (including sulfur, which is quite noticeable in the air) that causes the incredible colors in the pools and hot springs.

2. The green light from my first night shot in the July 21 post is from a house about a mile away. I don't know what causes the color.

3. A while back someone had asked if my little dog Socks actually walks on the hikes, or whether I carry him or put him in my backpack. Usually he walks the whole way, even on long hikes (he's hiked more than 6 miles with me and been ready to play when we get back home). On occasion he has to be picked up over the biggest steps, but he's very sure-footed even on steep terrain.

31 comments:

  1. Marvelous capture as always, Al! Love the colorful windsock and such lovely, summery skies! Hope you have a terrific weekend! Enjoy!

    Sylvia

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  2. Love the sky, and the windsock to help the flyers.

    Nice to have a 4-legged hiking companion that can hold his own, even with help from his friend.

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  3. This is a great shot - it looks like it was a tad breezy up there at the top of the world! I really love the popcorn looking clouds!

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  4. Excellent, the blue color really holds the key to the beauty of this shot...

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  5. You made it to the top of the mountain, Congratulations. The Sky is lovely.

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  6. Beautiful sky!

    Happy SWF weekend.

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  7. So glad I can hike along with you!

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  8. Beautiful sky

    Regards, Bram

    Seen on Skywatch Friday

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  9. Nice shot say hi to Socks for me Have a good week XXX Don

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  10. What lovely blue sky you have. Finally summer eh?

    IDK how I didn't visit your MY WORLD post this week, but I love those public art installations.

    My sky is at http://ewok1993.wordpress.com

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  11. Hi Al, I'm surprised it didn't blow you off the summit!

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  12. Ciao Al
    molto bella questa immagine ;-)
    Mi piace molto.

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  13. The wind sock capture is very rewarding!

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  14. The contrast between the colours of the wind sock and the sky is very attractive.

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  15. I love those bright colors against the sky.

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  16. what a great shot! those clouds are like cottons.

    by the way, i am your new follower.

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  17. The windsock against the blue sky is simply awesome! That was what brought me to your site from SWF's page.

    You have a wonderful companion for your hike. :)

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  18. Sounds like a nice hike. The photo is very pretty and colourful I like it.

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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  19. I have not ever been to Yellowstone. I would love to see this great wonder of our land. I enjoy seeing the scenes you share with us.

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  20. This photo captures the joy of summer, of freedom! cheerful and lovely!
    (PS: Socks is a cute name!)

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  21. That is something else. A great composition! Love it happy weekend!
    SWF~Fiery

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  22. i'm sure the windsock aides many an adventurous souls too. great capture. hope all is well.

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  23. I love the bright colors! It must of been really windy!

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  24. Must have been well worth the climbing to get a great view even thought there where no paragliders - great shot from the top!

    btw: I like your pictures from Yellowstone :)

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  25. I remember asking your third question.

    The wind sock, the Japanese like them , one for each son.

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