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Old 01-06-2011, 09:18 PM   #61
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I've read that there is a lot of rain in Seattle. Your pictures remember me of Michigan Upper Peninsula, where I lived 4 years as student, but maybe the winter is harsher in the UP.

The only benefit of the desert is that we have a blue sky almost all year, and that I only use a jacket in maybe 1 or 2 months in the year.

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Seattle doesn't get a lot of rain, but a lot of drizzle. Their rainfall is less than NY or Boston and about half what we get in Florida. The ironic part is that Seattle is known as the rainy city and FL is known as the Sunshine State. Oddly, I'd say both are true.
Ain't that the truth. Drizzle, drizzle everywhere. Although, less than 100 miles to the west are some temperate rainforests with up to 170 inches of annual rainfall. Wet, wet, wet.

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I've read that there is a lot of rain in Seattle. Your pictures remember me of Michigan Upper Peninsula, where I lived 4 years as student, but maybe the winter is harsher in the UP.
Winters here are wet and fairly mild. It snows a few times a year and lasts just a few days.
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Winters here are wet and fairly mild. It snows a few times a year and lasts just a few days.
at sea level. above 4000 feet it is snow, but nowhere near as cold as Michigan
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Well, I live in north central Illinois. We have all four seasons with a vengeance (that's the snow picture).
Recently, our downtown development commission cleared out and built the Riverfront Plaza between the two main bridges across the Rock River. Since this is Ronald Reagan's hometown, there's a big statue of him.
I'm just shouting distance from Phenomshel. The hometown of Richard Pryor, Sam Kinnison, and I suppose some other people too.

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Seattle doesn't get a lot of rain, but a lot of drizzle. Their rainfall is less than NY or Boston and about half what we get in Florida. The ironic part is that Seattle is known as the rainy city and FL is known as the Sunshine State. Oddly, I'd say both are true.
Ok, I stand corrected. Maybe Florida has more clear sky days than Seattle. I have been in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area and the weather is gorgeous.

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I love Hermosillo, it is one of my favorite cities in Mexico
Really? There are not many American tourists here. Most of them just cross the city down to San Carlos, a beach town where many "snow birds" live in Winter.

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Winters here are wet and fairly mild. It snows a few times a year and lasts just a few days.
I thought Seattle weather was colder

More about Sonora

La Angostura [The Narrowness] Dam in the upper Sonora River


View of Isla Tiburón [Shark Island] in the Gulf of California


Valley of the Yaqui River


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I have been in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area and the weather is gorgeous.
You know what they always say when you're in FL, "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes." There have been many a time when it's gloriously sunny before I walk into a store, and by the time I left the ground is completely soaked, but the sun is out, the sky is blue and if it weren't for the wet ground, you would never know that it was pouring rain a moment ago. That way it does that still fascinates me.
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You know what they always say when you're in FL, "If you don't like the weather, wait 15 minutes."
Yep. That's true in other places like Mexico City. You can have the four seasons of the year in one day

This is Yécora, a place high in the Western Sierra Madre.

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Wow, that snow scene is beautiful. Makes me want to walk through it. I can hear the snow crunching under my feet and taste that clean fresh after snow air.
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Ain't that the truth. Drizzle, drizzle everywhere. Although, less than 100 miles to the west are some temperate rainforests with up to 170 inches of annual rainfall. Wet, wet, wet.
I thought the bluest skies you've ever seen were in Seattle.
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But when I see all these beautiful photo's of the United States; I immediately want to go there again. We cruised through the US twice for four weeks; about 10 years ago. We loved it.
The same here... Those pictures make my surrounding area boring! And I'd go to the US again, in a flash, if they hadn't instituted the rule that you're guilty of terrorism unless you can prove you're innocent...

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Beautiful country. I used to live in El Paso. I love the desert.
When I lived in the US, I learned to appreciate the desert too. The starkness of the lanscape, magnificent!
It also made me appreciate the rain we get here. Whenever people complain about the rain, I think, without it, it wouldn't be so green and lush...
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I'm just shouting distance from Phenomshel. The hometown of Richard Pryor, Sam Kinnison, and I suppose some other people too.

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Ok, I stand corrected. Maybe Florida has more clear sky days than Seattle. I have been in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area and the weather is gorgeous.



Really? There are not many American tourists here. Most of them just cross the city down to San Carlos, a beach town where many "snow birds" live in Winter.

I thought Seattle weather was colder
when I was growing up we spent a fair amount of time in Hermosillo, I really fell in love with it. unfortunately lately I mostly have had to race through it. I spent most of August and September in Alamos... not even a little bit of fun. I was SO miserable!

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actually spring and summer are one of our best kept secrets!

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The same here... Those pictures make my surrounding area boring! And I'd go to the US again, in a flash, if they hadn't instituted the rule that you're guilty of terrorism unless you can prove you're innocent...



When I lived in the US, I learned to appreciate the desert too. The starkness of the lanscape, magnificent!
It also made me appreciate the rain we get here. Whenever people complain about the rain, I think, without it, it wouldn't be so green and lush...
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I've lived in Anchorage, Alaska, for the past 12 or so years. I tried to include a few photos that show a non-snowy side of Alaska. Everyone always imagines Alaska covered in snow, but we have an absolutely goergous summer as well (though it is fairly short).

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I took this one from the top of a hiking trail. I go on a lot of hikes and take lots and lots of photos, but I believe I snapped this one at Flat Top Mountain. A very easy day hike trail. There were 3 of us who started the hike, but only 2 of us made it to the top. About half way up, we met a guy who was running back down the trail. He didn't even stop, just flew past us and gasped something about a moose. Sure enough a few seconds later a big, angry moose comes charging down the trail, and all 3 of us bolted in different directions. One of my buddies kept on running and didn't stop till he was all the way back down the trail. He gave us a call a little later to let us know he was safe in the car and wasn't getting back out.

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Downtown Anchorage by night. Anchorage is of course a port town, so you can see the inlet and mudflats in the background. There is an amazing set of recreational paths that hug the coast for miles and miles. Some of the best bike riding you can ever find. Or you can ski it or go skijoring during winter. I had been planning to take some firework photos, so was out at night practicing my low-light skills when I took this one.

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We always joke that we only have 3 seasons up here in Alaska: Summer, Winter and Road Construction, but we actually do have a brief Fall and Spring. It isn't anywhere near as vivid as the Fall changes you see on the East Coast of the States, but we get a bit of color here and there. I snapped this photo at a local lake when a friend of mine in Florida asked me to take some Fall inspired shots.

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Fireweed. My favorite wildflower. Here in Alaska we have sort of a love-hate relationship with the Fireweed. When it blooms, it is a beautiful sight. The color just pops, and the plant just seems to be everywhere. Later during the summer the blooms turn into cottony white fluff. We consider that the official sign that summer is winding to a close (thus the 'hate' part of the love-hate relationship). I took this one in a field right down the street from my house, next to a church.

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OK, I had to include at least ONE photo that had snow in it. I do live in Alaska after all I didn't honestly sneak up on a sleeping polar bear, I actually took this one at the Alaska Zoo. This fellow was enjoying an afternoon nap and had no desire whatsoever to indulge us photogs. I couldn't pass up taking some of him anyway though, he just looked so comfortable (or 'cuddly', as my lady remarked).
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