Winter Scene of Birds Flying Over the Mississippi River

Winter at Mississippi River

Photo Credit: Valeriy Kalugin

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Awesome Washington State Sunset

Winter Sunset, Lopez Island, Washington, USA. The winter sun sets behind San Juan Island, lighting up heavy cloud cover from underneath. I shot the photo January 30, 2015, with a Canon PowerShot S2 IS. This image is straight from the camera without any retouching or cropping.

We see many stunning sunsets in the San Juan Islands. Some attribute this to the fact that the sun sets behind the frequently rainy west shore of Vancouver Island, BC. They get the rain; we get the refraction.

Photo Credit: John Polstra

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Rain and Fumaroles Over Soufrière Hills Volcano

Photo location: Montserrat, West Indies

(eastern Caribbean island of Montserrat). Taken with an Ipad from the deck of our live-aboard ketch, Roxy.

Photo taken 14 March 2017

Rain and fumaroles over Soufrière Hills Volcano, 4800 feet. The recent eruption in 2005 made quite a shambles of the south end or Montserrat. The hot summit still vents steaming sulfurous clouds that mix with the constant rain cloud formed over this peak. This photo was shot within the exclusion zone as we cruised past. The pyroclastic ash flow also vents steam.

Photo Credit: Mark Hoenke

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Rain Storm Over Mount Pelee

Photo location: Saint Pierre, Martinique, French West Indies
(eastern Caribbean island of Martinique). Taken with an Ipad from the deck of our live-aboard ketch, Roxy.

Photo taken 23 February 2017

Rain swirls over Mount Pelee. Martinique is one of a string of volcanic islands. Mount Pelee, 4500 feet, at the north end of Martinique’s backbone is one of the highest in the Caribbean. Pelee erupted most recently in 1902, burying the town of Saint Pierre, 30,000 population. The lone survivor was a prisoner in the drunk tank according to legend.

The high mountains cause near constant rains from the persistent easterly trade winds. The high elevations are tropical rain forests. A hike to Pelee’s summit from Saint Pierre is an aggressive long day of climbing.

Photo Credit: Mark Hoenke

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