Saturday, July 23, 2016

Smoke on the water

I stopped by the Sipsey Fork of the Warrior River yesterday afternoon just as the sun was sinking low. The turbines had at Smith Lake had been turned on to generate power to help keep our air conditioners on.

The water at the bottom of the lake is 52 degrees and when that cool water mixes with the warmer water, a mist rises that looks like smoke.

Heat and humidity together are perfect for the creation of thunderstorms. As I stood on the banks, the cool water acted like a natural air conditioner. Off to the north, I saw clouds hanging low and I knew it was time to get back into the truck and head for home because it would soon be unsafe to be standing out in the open.

I did stay long enough to get a photograph.


  1. Very interesting. I did not know this. Such a calm photo. Whould love to see the smoky mist off the waters.

  2. Sherry sees a cloud like that and it is INSIDE for her. On the other hand I love it. I do not know why. In the last two weeks we have has some of the most beautiful clouds, including some Black ones . I love 'em all. Very good shot! have a good Sunday over your way!

  3. I love this picture with the mist hanging over the still water. I wish we would see some dark clouds but we have not had any rain since July 9th! Our grass looks more like hay and it is so humid and hot that I am happy staying inside

  4. Now you are in my old stomping ground. I used to live in Walker County and know the place you were, well. Thanks for the picture.

  5. That sky does look menacing.

  6. Anonymous11:08 AM

    You are an AMAZING photographer!!

  7. Wow! That is some picture.

  8. Rick, great photo! I am in need of a picture for my Saturday Haiku feature this week. With your permission, I would love to use this one (giving you credit, of course).

  9. Wonderful photo Rick! What a threatening sky.



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