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#41 Tom Kellie

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Posted 29 December 2015 - 02:17 PM

NYE will be a quiet evening at home with Mark's family.

 

~ @Patty

 

That sounds very nice.

 

Enjoy!

 

Your photos and comments during the trip have been a December highlight.

 

As I love the American Southwest, knowing that you were there was great.

 

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2016!

 

Tom K.


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Posted 30 December 2015 - 08:22 PM

Happy New Year @Tom Kellie!


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Posted 10 January 2016 - 06:32 PM

~ @Patty

 

I've been thinking about you and the Monterey – Carmel – Pacific Grove area.

 

Have you and Mark already returned home from your winter trip?

 

The photos you posted and the description of your stops were the only holiday sights and sounds that from the USA that I saw.

 

I hope that 2016 will bring you unexpected wildlife sightings, whether birds, mammals or others.

 

Your regular posting of otter images is such a joy!

 

With Happiness,

 

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Posted 11 January 2016 - 07:03 PM

The UK has been unusually warm and wet so far this winter. However today I was able to get high enough in the Lake District to enjoy some more seasonal fare.

 

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Posted 14 January 2016 - 01:35 AM

A couple of winters ago when the ice buildup along shore was impressive.  Taken from my window:

 

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Walking along Lake Michigan

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:26 PM

@Tom Kellie, we're in Los Angeles right now and heading home on Sunday. Had a good trip back from Texas, a GTG with @Atdahl and his wife at Catalina State Park in Tucson and some minor weather disruptions in Southeast Arizona. This was the day we attempted to go to Ramsey Canyon.

 

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Posted 15 January 2016 - 11:35 PM

@Tom Kellie, we're in Los Angeles right now and heading home on Sunday. Had a good trip back from Texas, a GTG with @Atdahl and his wife at Catalina State Park in Tucson and some minor weather disruptions in Southeast Arizona. This was the day we attempted to go to Ramsey Canyon.

 

~ @Patty

 

That photo shows that you've really experienced winter weather.

 

I'm glad that you met with @Atdahl.

 

What an epic American Southwest trip!

 

I leave for Hong Kong and South Africa on Sunday.

 

Safe travels back to the lovely area where you live.

 

Tom K.


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Posted 16 January 2016 - 11:15 PM

Have a great trip @Tom Kellie!


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Posted 23 January 2016 - 09:31 AM

Great skiing day yesterday - mobile snapshot

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Posted 10 February 2016 - 12:33 PM

And from last weekend´s ski tour (P&Ss):

 

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Posted 30 April 2016 - 01:20 PM

In February I have been with 2 friends in Tromsø / Norway for 10 days.

There was about 1m of snow.

Temperatures were about zero degrees celcsius.

 

Main reason of the trip was the hunt for polar lights.

 

3 nights clouds

2 nights clear sky, no polar lights

2 nights clear sky and low energetic polar lights

3 nights clear sky and high energetic polar lights.

 

One night we were norteast of Tromsø on the road to Oldevik.

There was a dark area in the mountains, called Snarbyeidet.

 

 

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View in the opposite direction

 

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Posted 30 April 2016 - 04:39 PM

@Photo-Kiboko, these are beautiful! Something i would really love to photograph someday.
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Posted 01 May 2016 - 02:46 PM

@Photo-Kiboko That's on my bucketlist. Maybe a trip to northern Finland for some wolves, bears, wolverines and Northern Lights...


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Posted 01 May 2016 - 04:00 PM

Some very unseasonal weather!!   

 

Taking the dog for a walk in the Lake District yesterday.

 

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Posted 01 May 2016 - 04:12 PM

@Zim Girl Stunning.


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Posted 02 May 2016 - 09:52 AM

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@Peter Connan

 

It was my thrid trip to hunt for polar lights.

Be careful, polar light photography can end in an obsession.

It is as infectious as the Virus Africanum and the Arctic Virus.

 

It was my third attempt to photograph polar lights.

The first attempt was in February 2014 in the Kusamo area in Finland.

We had low clouds the whole week. No sun, no moon. no stars no polar lights.

Everything was white in the mountains. There was no horizon between snow on the ground and clouds in the sky.

The trees were covered by snows completely.

It looks like somebody has given me a "black-and-white" memory card.

It was a very relaxed vacation.

 

The winter weather in Finland can be stable.

You can have clear sky for several weeks or clouds for several weeks.

 

Wolves, bears and wolverines are on my bucket list, too.

The sun has an 11 year cycle. Four years high activity and 7 years low activity.

The solar cycle is heading to the low activity period.

There will be polar lights in the low activity period, too. But with lower energy and a smaller probability for flares.

 

Tromsö is the self named capital of polar lights.

It is easy to reach and has an excellent infrastructure.

I would not recommend a hotel in the centre of the town.

The parking fees are very high.

It is better to go for a BB or Hotel outside of the town.

 

Tromsö is located very close to the polar light circle.

There are good chances for polar lights, even with very low activity.

I have seen lights even with very low Kp numbers around 0.33 to 0.67.

Then you have just a faint stripe in east-west direction.

 

Depending of the weather forecast, you can either drive to the mainland or to the islands.

I strongly recommend to go out, even if probability for clear sky or gaps between clouds is low

and the solar activity prediction is very.

 

Sometimes something magic happens (Grötfjord, west of Tromsö):

 

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Posted 02 May 2016 - 09:59 AM

Thanks for the detailed information @Photo-Kiboko.

Guess i will have to plan for 2024...
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Posted 02 May 2016 - 10:10 AM

@Photo-Kiboko Thanks for the detailed information, I'm hoping to get to Tromso and the Loften Islands early next year as a change to the heat of Africa. Did you self drive and what were the road conditions like?



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Posted 02 May 2016 - 06:42 PM

I can't take photos like @Photo-Kiboko but there are a few NL shots in my Norway trip report posted today.

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Posted 03 May 2016 - 12:19 PM

@Big Andy
I was in Tromsø with two friends and their wife’s.
Both friends had a rental car.
I need not to drive myself.

Road conditions:
There is lots of ice on the road.
The snowplow does not push the snow completely.
The remaining snow will be compressed to ice.
The chains of the snowplow press a pattern into the ice.
Also they put some gravel on the road.
This provides some grip.
The Norwegian cars have tires with spikes.
However, our rental cars have no spikes.
On main roads you can drive well, even without spikes.
Parking lots and ways to private houses are a different story.
They are extremely slippery.
It gets even worse, if it starts raining.
A water film is on the ice.
It is too slippery to walk.

 

One night we were hunting polar lights in Grøtfjord, Tromvik and later in Rekvik on the Island Kvaløya.
We could not return from Rekvik, because the road was too slippery.

There was no gravel.
The car just could not make the hill.
There were no people in Rekvik.
There was no cellular phone access.
No other car has passed.
Walking to Tromvik was not possible at night, because of strong winds and snow drifts.
We have spent the night in the car.
On the next morning, the snowplow arrived and towed us uphill.


Icy road near Andersdal. It is a secondary road with some gravel.

 

 

 

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Main road after snowfall in Tønsnes on the way to Oldevik.

 

 

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A private way to a house. These ways are extremely slippery.
You have no chance without spikes.




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