Clouds on the Ground

30 Dec

Earlier this week I scheduled rental on a Cessna 172 for this morning.  It was before the forecast started firming up for today’s weather.  I had to cancel my flying for this morning.  The clouds are on the ground.  The Metar was OVC 001 which means that it is overcast and the cloud ceiling is 100 ft.  Definitely not high enough for flying.  I have to admit I’m disappointed.  It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve been up flying and was looking forward to it.

The above picture is standing at the shore of the lake this morning.  Usually I can see the opposite shores west, north and east.  This is the eastern view.  I can at least see a little in that direction.  To the west and north nothing but the whiteness of the snow on the lake and the fog. 

When I was down by the lake this morning I could see headlights off in the east.  I couldn’t believe someone actually planned on driving on the lake with a pickup truck.  The ice is not good this year.  Remember my earlier post about the annual intelligence test?  I have a feeling that before this weekend is over someone, maybe that truck will go through the ice. 

I could tell that it is much warmer this morning.  In the distance I could hear the crows cawing.  That is something you usually don’t hear on most winter days around here.  Only on the warmer days. 

Just as I started to walk back up to the house I heard a gas-powered ice auger start drilling holes.  That pickup truck must have found its perfect ice fishing spot….or not!   We will see what the day brings.


Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Flight training, Nature, Photography


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12 responses to “Clouds on the Ground

  1. 36x37

    December 30, 2010 at 10:51 am

    Oooo. Now I’m worried about that truck.

    I hope the weather clears for you soon so you can take that Cessna for a spin. Happy New Year to you, Jeanne!

  2. flyinggma

    December 30, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Me too! I just don’t think that they should be driving trucks on the lake this year. It just didn’t have much time to make ice. jeanne

  3. Carol Ann Hoel

    December 30, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Ice fishing! Brr. I wouldn’t enjoy ice fishing.

    Now I understand the name of your blog. You fly! How very exciting! Well, now that I look around, I could have known this sooner. Ha! Sometimes I have my head in the sand. Blessings to you, Jeanne, flyinggma…

    • flyinggma

      December 30, 2010 at 1:34 pm

      It is exciting to fly. I got my pilot’s certificate in April. I would spend all my time flying if I could afford it.

      I’m not much for the cold that goes ice fishing. But on a beautiful day being out on the lake ice fishing can be wonderful.

  4. planejaner

    December 30, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    It’s disorienting, when what you can usually see…can’t be seen.

    My husband and I spent several days one year at Lake Quinalt, in the rain forest here in Washington state…not one day, ONE day, could we see farther than about 3 trees away…so foggy.

    (made for a romantic get-away, though…wink-wink)

    • flyinggma

      December 30, 2010 at 1:36 pm

      Sounds like fun to me….romantic get-aways are always fun no matter the location. Blessings, Jeanne

  5. nrhatch

    December 30, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    I’d rather go flying with you (clouds or no clouds) than ice fishing with “him.” 🙂

    • flyinggma

      December 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm

      Thanks! I’m much rather fly than ice fish for sure. Jeanne

  6. Thomas Stazyk

    December 31, 2010 at 7:23 am

    I would imagine you are getting pretty tired of winter already!

    Hope you had a great holiday season and all the best in 2011.

    • flyinggma

      December 31, 2010 at 7:51 am

      I am tired of winter but have enjoyed it more this year since I have been making a habit of taking my camera with me wherever I go. It’s easier to see each day as different when I do that . Always looking for the next best picture.

      Blessings to you and your wife in this New Year, Jeanne

  7. sunshineinlondon

    December 31, 2010 at 9:54 am

    It’s been pretty misty over here this week too … not as thick as yours. Glad you were kept safely on the ground, and I hope you enjoy your flight when you can take it!
    Sunshine xx

    • flyinggma

      December 31, 2010 at 9:56 am

      I have another flight planned for next Thursday if the weather cooperates. Enjoyed your post on Knole Park. Jeanne


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