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My kingdom for a gale !!!

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Postby Hersh » Sun Apr 01, 2007 6:36 pm


Well, this afternoon I noticed a strong wind blowing, so I went to the computer to check the nearshore marine forecast. I still can't find the NOAA wave animation map that I usually use, it must not be up for the season yet. So I got on to the old fashioned text only forecast and saw the two words that get mine and Gary's arm hairs to stand up... "GALE WARNING". So needless to say I packed up the car and headed north. Unfortunately the waves were barely three feet for the entire couple hours I was out. Not exactly what I had in mind.....

But those 2-3 footers were just big enough to get the pier wet and give me some interesting reflections to work with. And the ominous looking clouds didn't hurt either. It isn't the gale that I was so desperately hoping for, but certainly not a waste of time either. What y'all think?


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The best views today were looking back in toward land.





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Not much reflection for the outer light, but certainly a cool looking sky.





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For a lot of these I'd wait for a wave to break over the pier to get it nice & wet then I'd shoot a few, move, and do it again.





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And there were several of these little guys swimming around, can anyone tell me what they are? They were smaller than a duck, and did a lot of diving. They were with a couple adult loons, any chance they could be baby loons?
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Postby TWolfe » Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:18 pm


They're great. The reflections and clouds in the first and third photos add a lot to the photos.

Here's a site that I think Gary told me about one time...
http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/
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Postby AL » Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:21 pm


They are Earred Grebe and almost in full breeding plumage
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Postby Hersh » Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:44 pm


Wow, you guys are a lot of help... Tammy, thanks for the link, that's a section of NOAA I hadn't been to yet. And Al, I knew someone would be able to ID those little buggers for me. Thanks!!!
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Postby Biggy » Sun Apr 01, 2007 7:49 pm


More nice shots, Mike! I can't wait to go to the Lakes in November. I'm hoping for a few waves and omninous looking skies as well. Great stuff!
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Postby beachbum1616 » Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:12 am


It looks to me like heading out was well worth it. Nice shots!
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Postby Leah Loar-Mays » Mon Apr 02, 2007 8:14 am


Nice job, Mike! Thanks for making the trip! :mrgreen:

Once again, I'm longing to get back there myself.................
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Postby Rob143 » Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:16 pm


The forecast is looking a little more promising.

http://www.glerl.noaa.gov/res/glcfs/glcfs.php?lake=l&ext=wv&type=F&hr=01
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Postby Hersh » Wed Apr 04, 2007 5:24 pm


Yes it was... And wait till you see what I got !
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Postby Pharoslvr » Thu Apr 05, 2007 7:27 am


Very nice, Mike!! :)

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