FRAMES ~ Photo Challenge #100 : Weather

Here in the PNW the weather keeps life interesting.

Sure it might rain for 4 months straight but you just better watch out because Mother Nature might just throw a 70 degree sunny day in the middle of that 4 month rain stretch just to keep you on your toes.

Co-photojournalist Larry Steagall and I have a love/hate relationship with the ever present need for a “weather art” for the next day’s paper.

Our conversations with our editor  usually go something like this, “Sigh, okay yes there are umbrellas outside because it is of course raining but we’ve already ran 5 umbrella shots this week… ” Or, “Alright I’ll hit every park and beach in the county AGAIN today to illustrate this so-called warm-weather you speak of I mean it’s only 50 degrees out right now but yeah I’m sure someone will be sunbathing at 10 am…”

And yes while we drag our feet, grumble and occasionally roll our eyes , we do love them deep down inside because weather art is always good art, the hunt for that photo is always fulfilling and people love the weather- I mean it is the first thing my parent’s talk about when they call me from Michigan and I’m assuming that my parents aren’t the only weather junkies out there.

Oh and let’s not forget storms! Storms of course give us great visuals from flooding to trees down to the ever present rainbow after the storm.

Okay enough rambling, your challenge this month, if you choose to except it of course, is to show me your best weather shot.

Be it an umbrella toting person, a sunbather, a tree down with power crews working among the lines – if the image tells the story about the weather at that moment/day well that is a challenge entry right there.

And don’t forget to think about the details ( galoshes, sunscreen, sunglasses, puddles, umbrellas of course, inner tubes, beach blankets, flip flops etc etc. ) as well as the overall scene of the image. Does that make sense?

Sure this challenge is open to interpretation and all “out of the box” creative interpretations and execution of images is always encouraged.

You can email your entries to mreid@kitsapsun.com or use the handy Upload Photo Challenge Pix link at the right side of this page. Please make sure your real life name is somewhere in the upload fields or in your email to me.

Remember, I ENCOURAGE you to shoot the photo in the week that the challenge is assigned but of course will begrudgingly accept photos taken earlier this year.

Deadline for photos will be Monday, May 2nd.

Those chosen as “Stand-outs” will be published in the Kitsap Sun on the following Sunday.

Here are a few photographs telling the story of “weather” from our archives to get you thinking:

Kaseem Bell, 11, floats in Wildcat Lake on a sunny and warm Monday, July 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kaseem Bell, 11, floats in Wildcat Lake on a sunny and warm Monday, July 28, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Audina Michaud, 2, carries a bucket of water back to the shore for sand castle construction at Kitsap Lake Park in Bremerton on Monday, July 1, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Audina Michaud, 2, carries a bucket of water back to the shore for sand castle construction at Kitsap Lake Park in Bremerton on Monday, July 1, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Nathan Thompson, 16, and Thor Breitbarth, 16, dive into the water from the dock at Oyster Plant Park in Poulsbo, Wash. on a sunny and warm Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
Nathan Thompson, 16, and Thor Breitbarth, 16, dive into the water from the dock at Oyster Plant Park in Poulsbo, Wash. on a sunny and warm Tuesday, April 29, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID /KITSAP SUN)
A rainbow streaks across the sky as the Washington State Ferry M/V Spokane heads to Seattle from Bremerton on a stormy Saturday, March 12, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A rainbow streaks across the sky as the Washington State Ferry M/V Spokane heads to Seattle from Bremerton on a stormy Saturday, March 12, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
While wearing a festive pumpkin hat, Lillian Manuguid, 1, splashes in a mud puddle while cheering on the Kingston Cross Country team with her mother Karla during the Westside Classic Cross Country Championships at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash. on Saturday, October 31, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
While wearing a festive pumpkin hat, Lillian Manuguid, 1, splashes in a mud puddle while cheering on the Kingston Cross Country team with her mother Karla during the Westside Classic Cross Country Championships at American Lake Golf Course in Lakewood, Wash. on Saturday, October 31, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A flock of ducks take flight as Ari Toman, 3, runs in their direction while enjoying a rainy afternoon at Lions Park in Bremerton, Wash. with his family on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A flock of ducks take flight as Ari Toman, 3, runs in their direction while enjoying a rainy afternoon at Lions Park in Bremerton, Wash. with his family on Tuesday, January 19, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lt. Doug Weller, of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, ducks underneath a large tree that had fallen and was leaning precariously on power and cable lines on F Street in Bremerton on Thursday, November 6, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Lt. Doug Weller, of South Kitsap Fire and Rescue, ducks underneath a large tree that had fallen and was leaning precariously on power and cable lines on F Street in Bremerton on Thursday, November 6, 2014. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
The view through a rain soaked windshield causes a painterly effect as a pedestrian with an umbrella walks along Pacific Avenue in Bremerton, Wash. on Monday, November 19, 2012. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
The view through a rain soaked windshield causes a painterly effect as a pedestrian with an umbrella walks along Pacific Avenue in Bremerton, Wash. on Monday, November 19, 2012. (AP Photo/ Kitsap Sun, Meegan M. Reid)
Sycamore Tree Preschool students and chaperones walk through Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton as they celebrate the last day of school with a field trip on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
Sycamore Tree Preschool students and chaperones walk through Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton as they celebrate the last day of school with a field trip on a rainy Wednesday afternoon. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
The 11:25 am Seattle to Bainbridge ferry passes near the end of a rainbow as it heads to Eagle Harbor on Sunday, December 11, 2011. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
The 11:25 am Seattle to Bainbridge ferry passes near the end of a rainbow as it heads to Eagle Harbor on Sunday, December 11, 2011. MEEGAN M. REID/KITSAP SUN
A trio of pedestrians carry umbrellas as they walk along the Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
A trio of pedestrians carry umbrellas as they walk along the Clear Creek Trail in Silverdale on Tuesday, May 21, 2013. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bill Christman bails out the floor of his car with a drink cup while parked in Poulsbo's Anderson Parkway on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Christman was on break from work when he parked in the lot to take a nap, when he awoke and opened the door water rushed in from the flooded lot. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Bill Christman bails out the floor of his car with a drink cup while parked in Poulsbo’s Anderson Parkway on Saturday, October 10, 2015. Christman was on break from work when he parked in the lot to take a nap, when he awoke and opened the door water rushed in from the flooded lot. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Juanito Dedios strolls past the mural on 4th Street in downtown Bremerton on a rainy Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Juanito Dedios strolls past the mural on 4th Street in downtown Bremerton on a rainy Tuesday, December 8, 2015. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kim Demko leads the way down the muddy path followed closely behind by her dog Bella (center) and Kyah , who belongs to fellow park regular Marty Burkhart, at Bremerton's Bark Park on Friday, January 22, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Kim Demko leads the way down the muddy path followed closely behind by her dog Bella (center) and Kyah , who belongs to fellow park regular Marty Burkhart, at Bremerton’s Bark Park on Friday, January 22, 2016. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
With a chain of daisies on her head, Catalina Gracier, 4, spins around while enjoying a nice day at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The daisy chain was made by Juliana Guyt, 19, who was approached by the curious youngster as she sat among the flowers linking them together. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
With a chain of daisies on her head, Catalina Gracier, 4, spins around while enjoying a nice day at Evergreen Rotary Park in Bremerton on Tuesday, March 22, 2016. The daisy chain was made by Juliana Guyt, 19, who was approached by the curious youngster as she sat among the flowers linking them together. (MEEGAN M. REID / KITSAP SUN)
Flowers are refracted in the raindrops collecting on the stem of another plant in Blueberry Park in Bremerton, WA on Monday, September 27, 2010. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)
Flowers are refracted in the raindrops collecting on the stem of another plant in Blueberry Park in Bremerton, WA on Monday, September 27, 2010. (Meegan M. Reid / Kitsap Sun)