Thursday, December 10, 2009

Skywatch: These Clouds aren't Kidding Around





Some ominous and looming clouds upon our arrival to a field site in the Vermilion Cliffs area in Northern Arizona. We spent a couple weeks here last August on a project (bats-in so many words, trying to figure out how we can help them not get killed by bat blenders, aka wind turbines). These pictures are all from one day, about 2 pm to sunset. Funny thing is, it actually didn't rain that day, though it obviously threatened to do just that. (Photos in chronological order0

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16 comments:

Jane said...

Very stormy and imposing but lovely contrast. Thanks for sharing:)

Guy D said...

Wow Jill, those ominous clouds look fantastic. Excellent pics.

All the best
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Darla said...

I say they are serious for sure!!

John W. Wall said...

Did you figure out the bat-blender problem?

The Early Birder said...

Superb constrating series. FAB.

J Bar said...

Awesome shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Carolyn Ford said...

I love them all but the last one is so "over the top" beautiful! Wow!

eileeninmd said...

Awesome scenery and skywatch photos. It does look stormy. I loved the last photo. Sorry to hear about the bats and the turbines. I assume the same happens to the birds too.

Natural Moments said...

I used to be a field biologist too. I spent many years studying sea otters and conducting bird surveys. Keep on loving the outdoors.

Samson said...

love the last shot, its amazing

GS Hills

Sally in WA said...

It sure looked like it was going to rain! Wonderful captures to get a feel for how quickly the sky changes.

Johnny Nutcase said...

thanks, everyone, it was a pretty awesome storm front to watch. pretty crazy lightening too!
yes, the turbines are bad for the birds too :(
we were all over AZ, CA, and OR doing some experimental playback, acoustic monitoring and videotaping the bats, trying to figure out how to deter them from turbines. and yes, it did work - we were using hoary bat (a predator bat) vocalizations. long story though, because now a friend is studying the Hoary and it seems they are attracted to the call...gah! We didn't notice an increase in them in our study though..okay, i could go on forever about this!

JOE TODD said...

We both had some very serious clouds for skywatch this week. I'm off to find another firetower

Light and Voices said...

Wowza that last photograph is awesome!
Joyce

Pearl Maple said...

Fabulous views across the countryside, thanks for sharing a peek with Sky Watch Friday.

Arija said...

They were just scaring you away...
glad their bark was worse than their bite and you did not get washed away. Great cloud and landscape shots.
Thanks for the most descriptive wind-turbine expression, it has just been entered into my personal vocabulary.