Sunday, September 13, 2015

Autumn 2015 Is Knocking On The Door


August 22, 2015
John W. Flannagan Reservoir
Post-Sunset Water Reflections
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

A long-time exposure reveals the movement of water around coves ( the white streaks ) amid the light lingering after sunset in late August 2015.  The blue shadow of Pine Mountain rises in the background on the rugged Virginia-Kentucky border.

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The Appalachian Climate Center

The first significant cold front of Autumn 2015 is adding a notable chill to the air of the famed and beautiful southern Appalachians as the middle of September arrives in the eastern USA.

August 22, 2015
Breaks Interstate Park
The Towers Rock Formation
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

A few glimpses of the color season ahead were seen along the rugged Towers Rock Formation in majestic Breaks Intestate Park during late August.  Partly a response to abnormal dryness in mid-late August, amid hit-miss showers & thunderstorms, and thin soils along the cliffs.

Reflections Upon Summer 2015
Beautiful & Fragrant Yellow Rose
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

Perfect exposure and light captures the pure beauty of a fragrant smelling Yellow Rose against an ideal background to bring back memories of late Spring-Summer 2015 as another season of color beckons!

November 2, 2014
Looking NW from High Knob Massif
Autumn Meets Winter In 2014-15 Season
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

Looking northwest across Little Stone Mountain Gap toward the Black mountains at sunrise amid the first significant winter storm of the 2014-15 season.

With the first mountain valley frost ( high valleys ) into morning hours of September 14 it is apparent that time is passing!  While the first snowflakes typically fall during October, only time will tell 
if Autumn Meets Winter this year in the grand fashion which occurred just over one year ago.

Winter 2014-15
Rime Coated Crest Zone of High Knob Massif
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

The days and weeks upcoming should be savored as colors change in advance of what appears to be another stormy winter season ahead.

August 22, 2015
Beautiful Light Upon John Flannagan Lake
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

*A strong +ENSO across the Equatorial Pacific and a persistent warm pool of water over the NE Pacific into the Gulf of Alaska suggests that this winter season will not mimic those of 1997 and 1982 ( the strongest El Nino's of recent record ).  Forecaster's take note!

August 22, 2015
Detailed Perspective In Breaks Interstate Park
Front View of The Towers Rock Formation
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

August 22, 2015
Breaks Interstate Park
Enjoying The Stateline Overlook In Breaks Park
Photograph by Wayne Browning - © All Rights Reserved.

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