Sunday – Views of the Neighborhood

This week was very unusual on the Gulf Coast. We were caught in a weather pattern called an Omega High (so named because of the jet stream shape resembling the Greek letter Omega). This Omega High caused the winds to die down to zero and as a result, the Gulf took on a calm as if it were a lake. Here is a photo of the calm.


To give you some comparison here is the photo taken last week.

Morning on the Gulf



  1. Calm, peaceful fabulous.
    Looks like the sort of day I wouldn’t mind being in a boat (I do not travel at all well on water).

    1. Yes. Normally the seas are at about two feet. This makes a small boat uncomfortable.

  2. That’s quite a difference. Both scenes are lovely in their own way, though. πŸ™‚ — Suzanne

    1. Yes they are. The one thing we have been amazed with is how the beach and Gulf look different every day.

  3. Wow! That’s s lot of water to be that calm. I’m enjoying this series John.

    1. Thanks, Dan. I’m on the hunt for a picture of our resident alligator. He is very elusive though.

  4. Wow! I could stare at that top picture all day…beautiful! Happy Sunday!

    1. Thanks Jill. Happy Sunday to you as well. (no song on this one)

  5. Looks beautiful and a little creepy. How long do Omega Highs last?

    1. This one was about two days. (hard to say since it moved out in the night)

      1. Wonder how it be to try sailing during that time. The water looks so calm that I’d fear getting stuck.

  6. That looks like a great day to be out on the water. I’ve been out in 20 foot seas before, and the roller coaster idea wears off fast.

  7. It looks almost like blue glass. πŸ™‚

  8. Wow, that is a big difference. The top photo is so calm and peaceful, but the bottom one is what I love to watch. It is much more interesting with the roughness and the whitecaps.

    1. So true. Thanks, Michelle.

  9. So calm and blue. Reminds me of the lake where I grew up. Smooth as glass. πŸ˜€ ❀

    1. Very unusual here. πŸ™‚

      1. Wow. Now you have proof it happened. That’s a bonus. πŸ™‚

  10. That’s an amazing contrast, John. Have a sublime Sunday. Happy Mother’s Day to your wife. Hugs.

    1. Thanks Teagan. Hugs

  11. Give me a camera-shy alligator any day – I’d worry more if I could easily find it, especially out of the water… 😦

    1. He did make a brake for it once.

  12. We’ve been in that Omega pattern, too, but we seem to have had endless rain. It comes and goes, and just when you think it’s gone for good, another wave swoops in. Your calm Gulf looks much nicer than that rough view, though I kind of enjoy seeing things stirred up now and then. Hope your wife enjoys her Mother’s Day!

    1. She is and thank you Debbie. I really like the calm.

  13. A beautiful calm day in the hood!

  14. Breathtaking photo, John. Thank you for sharing your view. I miss the gulf some days.

    1. Thank you for the visit Audrey. πŸ™‚

  15. Your neighborhood is divine, John.

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