Here is a new Mars observation from this morning between 4:30 and 5:30 EDT as Mars was approaching the meridian. Seeing was pretty good (yay!).
Plenty of haze and some dust in the Martian atmosphere so the contrast was low, although Mares Sirenum and Cimmerium were relatively dark, especially on their northern side. I was able to confirm the Gomer Sinus--it popped into view twice when the seeing was very stable--you need really good seeing for that bad boy.
The bluish North Polar Hood (NPH) was prominent and the broad, yellowish morning limb arc was still making a showing. With the magenta filter (W30) I could see what looked like a fairly large, bright cloud just in from the southern limb. It wasn't there with the red filter (W23A) so it must have been water ice or CO2 and not dust.
The South Polar Cap (SPC) is really shrinking--it's late spring in the southern hemisphere of Mars--summer begins at Ls 270 degrees.
Same routine with the sketch--2B and HB pencils and a stump at the eyepiece and colored indoors immediately after with color pencil dust applied with a Q-tip.
I've enjoyed seeing more great sketches from Kris, Paul, Chris, and Uwe.