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Opening in the Clouds

photo of sky
photo of sky

Opening in the Clouds

Okay, so, this was a pretty dramatic moment and I almost wrecked my car. Most of the day was heavily overcast but for this one opening in the clouds that moved overhead beaming golden sunlight onto the landscape below. Just wish I could have caught a bit of the autumn colors in those trees.

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Not a Single Moment

anne frank
anne frank

Not a Single Moment

Anne Frank would have been 84 years old today.

This quote is at the bottom of each email I send, a constant remind of what I can do if I choose.


A Message From the Gods

cloud irridescence
cloud irridescence

A Message From the Gods

It’s an interesting and beautiful atmospheric occurrence, and not terribly common, called “cloud iridescence”, named for Iris, the Greek goddess of the rainbow and messenger of the gods. Here, the sun is behind the larger dark cloud, which makes the cloud appear darker as well as the edges lighter. These cumulus clouds are made of ice and water crystals of about the same size and have to be small for this effect. The angled sunlight shining through the thinning edge is perfectly refracted through them as it is through mist after a rain when we see a rainbow. You can read more about the occurence here.

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Life-giving

winter sun on bare trees
winter sun on bare trees

Life-giving

You can be sure those trees are soaking up that warm winter sun and soon they’ll be sprouting little green leaves. For now they make a nice, stark composition against the wispy clouds.

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Church on the Hill

church on hill with sun
church on hill with sun

Union Presbyterian Church in Robinson, PA

What a play of light on a bright winter late afternoon; I even like the birds in the air. I had to point my camera right into the brightest spot to get the silhouetting and the deep blue of the upper sky, all while sitting at a stop light and photographing through my driver’s side window. It’s Union Presbyterian Church in Robinson, PA.

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Two Textures

clouds and snow
clouds and snow

Two Textures

Uncertain clouds, uncertain snow.

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Apparent

sun shining from behind cloud
sun shining from behind cloud

Apparent

Briefly in a heavily overcast day, the clouds variously parted and, with the haze of cold snow in the air, put on quite a lovely show of shadows and light.


Between the Rain and Sunset, 2011

panorama of autumn sunset
panorama of autumn sunset

Autumn Sunset

Rain had fallen intermittently all day, but the day had been steadily dark and cold even without falling rain. But as often happens on long rainy days, the clouds broke at about sunset to give a view of faded blue sky trimmed along the edges with heavy clouds, offering reflected light but no direct sunlight. Suddenly the autumn leaves shone again even in the cooler light. I carefully watched the light, deciding that when my errand was done, or as soon as I could, whichever came first, I’d head for my favorite ridge to photograph what there was of the sunset, hoping for lots of red from the humidity in the air and sunrays from the layers of clouds breaking up, but I’d take what I could get.

No such dramatics were in the plan for this evening, but watching the valley settle into night as I watched the clouds march steadily from the north, hearing only the wind as it swept from far beyond the horizon across my face, tugging at my hair and skirt on the hilltop where I stood, one tiny dot of a figure in this complicated and beautiful landscape, chilling my fingers with the first real cold of winter in its direct and determined path. In the center is Carnegie, somewhere in there is my house, and all of the familiar streets and scenes of my days reduced to a few amorphous blots of color, light and shadow.

In just minutes the north wind had carried the cloud cover over the valley once again like a blanket, leaving the valley in deep shadow but for the dots of light collected in the velvet darkness, small shreds of red showing through at the horizon; the sun has not given over yet, there is still some fire in its day.

autumn night

Autumn Night


Sunrays, 2011

sunrays around cloud

Sunrays

I hope you had an absolutely, perfectly beautiful day! And you have another one tomorrow!


Evening Clouds, or Evening Waves?

pink clouds at evening

Clouds or Waves?

They share many shapes and qualities, and after all the heat and haze these were simply very interesting over on the eastern horizon.


To Catch a Cloud

trees, sky and cloud

To Catch a Cloud

Two trees use their bare twigs and branches to snag a passing cloud.

This changeable March weather brings heavy rains, high winds and clear blue skies with puffy clouds, all in the same afternoon.

Along Chartiers Creek and the railroad tracks just off Main Street in Carnegie, PA.


Between the Rain and Sunset

panorama of autumn sunset

Autumn Sunset

Rain had fallen intermittently all day, but the day had been steadily dark and cold even without falling rain. But as often happens on long rainy days, the clouds broke at about sunset to give a view of faded blue sky trimmed along the edges with heavy clouds, offering reflected light but no direct sunlight. Suddenly the autumn leaves shone again even in the cooler light. I carefully watched the light, deciding that when my errand was done, or as soon as I could, whichever came first, I’d head for my favorite ridge to photograph what there was of the sunset, hoping for lots of red from the humidity in the air and sunrays from the layers of clouds breaking up, but I’d take what I could get.

No such dramatics were in the plan for this evening, but watching the valley settle into night as I watched the clouds march steadily from the north, hearing only the wind as it swept from far beyond the horizon across my face, tugging at my hair and skirt on the hilltop where I stood, one tiny dot of a figure in this complicated and beautiful landscape, chilling my fingers with the first real cold of winter in its direct and determined path. In the center is Carnegie, somewhere in there is my house, and all of the familiar streets and scenes of my days reduced to a few amorphous blots of color, light and shadow.

In just minutes the north wind had carried the cloud cover over the valley once again like a blanket, leaving the valley in deep shadow but for the dots of light collected in the velvet darkness, small shreds of red showing through at the horizon; the sun has not given over yet, there is still some fire in its day.

autumn night

Autumn Night


Sunrays

sunrays around cloud

Sunrays

Have an absolutely, perfectly beautiful day!


Layered Sunset

layers of clouds

Layered Sunset

This tall layering of various types of clouds and different colors for each layer reminded me of one of those layered desserts. But the varieties of clouds, their shapes and densities and the patterns they are whipped into from winds aloft never ceases to amaze me. These clouds are so varied in part because the lowest layer is rain clouds moving in over the horizon from the west bringing turbulence. The changing season guarantees interesting skies just about all the time.


So, is it going to rain or not?

clouds

Rain?

There have been storms all around me, but not more than a few drops in my back yard. As I photographed this, big raindrops were falling here and there and it grew darker and darker and windy, but nothing came of it.


Evening Clouds, or Evening Waves?

pink clouds at evening

Clouds or Waves?

They share many shapes and qualities.


Uncertain Light

farm with clouds

Uncertain Light

It’s one of those days when it’s either dark and brooding underneath a continent-sized purple cloud or glaringly bright. It’s always fun to try to catch the swift movement of clouds in a photo, light areas and dark as the clouds march across the sky. And a lovely surprise to find a farm on a hilltop on a back road; the best reason to take those back roads.