Sometimes Your Luck Runs Out
Photograph - Fusion Photography
This is taken from an original painting titled Capture of Fort Louis, Martinique by Anderson 1794 which is a common use wikimedia image. It has been extensively reworked with the addition of photograph cloud layers and the addition of boat photographs with the one in the foreground taken on Whidbey island, Washington State and the sail boats, Lake Washington which is a 25 mile expanse of water sitting to the east of Seattle. I wanted to capture the essence of the original sea and cloud scene and turn the work into something entirely different....an image I had of the seas effect on man's creation. The sky is turbulent and foreboding and presages the destruction of the ship and dingy in the foreground. Whidbey island is a beautiful place to visit in the Pacific NOrthwest. It is situated in Puget Sound and has several small and beautiful towns. At the Northern is a wicked passage that can be treacherous for small boats when the tide is flowing. Towns to see are Coupville, Langley, and Clinton. At the far north is a beautiful park and bridge going to the mainland accross Deception Pass. The clouds in the image were taken over the South of Hoods Canal which is another narrow 75 mile long fjord on the East side of the Olympic mountains. Hoods (as the locals say) has some of the best oysters in the world. Hood Canal and the rest of Puget Sound were created about 13,000 years ago, during the Late Pleistocene, by the Puget Lobe of the Cordilleran Ice Sheet. The water, in the summer, is warm enough to comfortably swim in which is in contrast to Puget Sound which doesn't change but 3 degrees from summer to winter. The concern of locals and others in the Northwest is that the canal is experiencing unprecedented hypoxia in its waters. Natural causes of hypoxia in Hoods Canal include the timing of freshwater inflows, water layer stratification resulting from seasonal changes in surface temperature, and climate change. The oxygen level may also be partially due to a change in wind direction. The prevailing north wind generally pushes oxygenated water into the oxygen-depleted area of the Southern portain of the canal. A sustained south wind will cut off this source of oxygen. Low pressure typically brings southerly winds. High pressure northerly winds. Coastal upwelling from the Strait of Juan de Fuca brings in a surplus of nutrients into the Puget Sound, but fails to circulate oxygen through Hood Canal. Chronic hypoxia is now observed year-round. This area of low-oxygen is often seen in Lynch Cove, but has been spreading towards the mouth of Hood Canal. Since shellfish and crab depend on good oxygenated water there is great concern regarding this problem.
April 13th, 2013
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