Sunday, December 27, 2009

Above the Inversion at the Newcastle Golf Club

On Christmas Eve I got up at about 5am so I could drive out to North Bend and hike up to the top of Rattlesnake Ledge because there was a nice temperature inversion. If there is enough low-level moisture, this is often a recipe for a low layer of clouds and fog. Last January some friends and I hike up Rattlesnake Ledge and were treated to a spectacular sunset above the inversion.

This year I was hoping to catch sunrise. However the inversion layer was much shallower than I thought and it only extended east to Issaquah. So I drove around the Sammamish Plateau and then Cougar Mountain trying to find someplace at the right altitude with a view. I was about ready to give up when I found the Newcastle Golf Club. This place has a SPECTACULAR view! I really don't know if I was supposed to be there (there was a sign that said golfers only where I was shooting) but the grounds keeper didn't ask me to leave (in fact he asked for my business card, which I had).

I was also shooting with my buddy's Canon 5D, he let me borrow it since I am in the process of moving to a full frame camera.

You can see (and order) them all here. Here are a select few:

Mixing Out
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Sunrise Above the Inversion

Above the Inversion

Newcastle Golf Club

Slanted Cloud Deck

And in this image you can see some nice Kelvin-Helmhotz waves!
Kelvin-Helmhotz Waves at the Inversion
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Rick and Eileen said...

The 3rd picture down, don't know if you did something in photoshop but in this one the trees almost look like they are in a painting. Really like it.

Reid said...

People really seem to like that one :-) It's a golf course though, so the trees are very well maintained...