Photographer's Note

One of the very best things about having grown up in Southern Alberta was the chinook winds that came through during the winter. The Chinook is a strong wind from the west that brings really warm air with it. Because of the Chinook, it is not unusual for temperatures to rise from -15C to +15C within a matter of hours. I have even experienced shifts from -20 or -25. It is quite an experience, and it assures that the snow that falls will not linger for months as it does in Northern Alberta.

A chinook arch is a cloud formation, where to the west, (low in the horizon) there are almost no visible clouds, to the east of the arch, the clouds are so dense and so strangely textured. They almost look like liquid cotton (if that is at all possible). The texture you see at the top of the photo is very typical of the textures you see in a Chinook arch. Actually, there are more clouds to the west of the arch than you sometimes see.

Another interesting thing about the arches are their sheer size. They stretch from north to south pretty much as far as you can see. If you have ever been to Southern Alberta (think pool table flat), that is a long ways indeed.

Anyways, this is taken at sunset, and does show a very small portion of a very interesting phenomena. Had I had more time, I would have stitched a number of photos together in order to really give an idea of the size of a Chinook arch, as well as a look into how flat the area I grew up in really is.

This shot is quite minimally processed.

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