LANDSCAPE

It was clear growing up as a weather enthusiast the primary skill set I had to acquire to reach the most people was going to be landscape photography. It was the connection of science and technology to the natural world as a visual explanation of great derivations. Overtime I began applying methodology of storm chasing to seasonal events in nature. Breaking down physical laws and identifying limiting factors and potential in target rich environments. Knowing how and when those factors interact with optical phenomena gives you an edge when it counts and the opportunity to discover hidden potential when it doesn't.

 

Take Mt Tamalpais for example: 

You'll notice an oak savannah above a Redwood forest. This is a huge indication that a temperature inversion is going to form just above the redwood tree line under typical fog conditions. In this case noting natural boundaries by exploring for certain types of plants with unphotogenic conditions then returning when the conditions occur. The height of the inversion layer can be determined from a local atmospheric sounding and will suppress the fog and flatten the top of the cloud. With plenty of access points on the mountain you can easily rise into the inversion and stand above an undulating sea of fog or descend into the fog looking for additional atmosphere or possible rays of light.

 

It's just one approach and usually results in the same effect; a lifelong search to understand the nature of the landscape and identify factors and elements that lend themselves to its character. With the introduction of of my son and watching the destruction of numerous natural wonders that I loved, it's clear nature should be respected and shared. I offer my services as a naturalist and meteorologist as a guide with the goal that knowledge is power and truth speaks for itself.

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The Coastal Range

The Diablo Range

The Sierra Nevada