10 Jun 14. Growing up, the astute weather forecast was neither the one on the radio or the T.V, although the T.V. celebrity did a pretty good job of drawing a pretty picture. The astute forecast went "Look outside your window; if you can see Mt Rainier, it's gonna rain; if you can't, it is. Plan accordingly." Overall, on a yearly basis, that was the most accurate approach to deciding the appropriate planning. The local school where the cherubs attend has a special program for end of the year 3rd grade, in that the students get to spend roughly 50 hours over a continuous 3 day period at a church retreat that is located right on Puget Sound not all that far from where we live. Scheduled activities include beach discovery, outdoor skills, some artistic stuff, and more activities I don't remember. Grandma and Papa attended the first day along with Mommy (our daughter Jennifer) and participated in the beach event to differing degrees. Jan and Jennifer stayed right with the group and assisted the kids while I did some of that also along with taking a few photos, no surprise there I guess. There was some significant cloud cover when we arrived and as the day progressed it both increased and moved quite a distance 90 degrees to us. I thought it offered some dramatic presence as well as enhancing the photos, but it was also threatening to get us wet. So we decided to call it quits at the end of the beach activity and return home. Just as we got to the vehicle the rain began, so I thought my reading of the clouds, I could see Mt Rainier, wasn't all that bad. According to our daughter who elected to sleep over with us rather than the chill'ns, the rain was only momentary and didn't ruin the day's activities which I thought a nice ending. This shot was taken as the clouds were beginning to close in and get darker. It looks pretty good in full color, but since we are dealing with rain clouds I thought that conversion to B&W sorta completed the picture. Other than that conversion, and a very tiny bit of micro contrast enhancing to give it a little "grain," it is straight from the camera. Nikon D300s; 18 - 200; Aperture Priority; ISO 200; 1/640 sec @ f /10.