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~ Ashleigh Brilliant


Friday, April 19, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: Unbeatable Sunrises

There was never a night or a problem 
that could defeat sunrise or hope.
~Bern Williams

Our first half of agitated April saw an amazing variety of weather (sunny days near 70ºF, snowstorms, 60mph winds) and, more importantly, photogenic sunrises and sunsets, moonrises and moonsets, and ever-morphing storm clouds. Since my archives are beginning to burst at the seams with April sky photos, I thought I'd share these four beautiful sunrises I captured earlier this month from our back patio... 

4/3/13

4/5/13

Even managed to sneak a simultaneous moonrise into this one :-) ...
4/6/13 (5:17am)

Our sunrises don't just change a lot from day to day, they change a lot from minute to minute. This next sunrise was taken just 32 minutes after the previous one...

4/6/13 (5:39am)

4/13/13


Happy SkyWatching.
And please be kind to each other.
More than you know.

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    1. Thank you! :-) Your skies were really beautiful this week too, so peaceful.

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  2. These are all so beautiful, such vivid colors. HSW

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    1. I thought the variety of clouds and colors in such a short span of days made this a fun collection. Glad you enjoyed them!

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  3. What gorgeous shots - and a much needed message.

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  4. Marvelous photography of nature's beautiful skies ~ Wonderful! ~ And thanks for the message for Boston ~ We love you, too. ^_^

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    1. Thank you! And thanks for the return lovin' - so glad to see the best possible outcome unfold last night!

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  5. a beautiful serie of colorful skies !

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  6. Unbeatable is right! I would want to watch the sunrise & sunset every day if I lived there. You get so many pretty ones! I think that last one is my favorite. WOW!!

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    1. We do seem to get more than our fair share - makes me feel obliged to share them! :-) You should get some doozies in NM, too.

      I wish the clouds in that last one had been more in focused, though they were soft looking in person too. But the colors in that one also make it one of my two favorites (along with the first one)!

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  7. Oh MY!!! Such amazing shots...they're all so beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing them!! And yes, WE LOVE YOU BOSTON!!

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    1. My pleasure, Maya, thank you for the compliment!

      That was quite a week for Boston, wasn't it? I was sure relieved last night when they found Dzhokhar were able to arrest him without using lethal force or anyone else being hurt or killed.

      My paternal grandmother's ancestors were Mayflower pilgrims and that part of my family tree were among those who settled and built Boston and its environs (many of my ancestors lived in Foxboro, where the New England Patriots football team now plays, and one branch of that tree contains John Adams and John Quincy Adams), so although I've only ever visited, I've always felt a special affinity for the city beyond just loving it for its beauty and history and atmosphere and personality. Such a fun, picturesque and interesting city to visit.

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  8. It is an honor and a privilege to live on such a beautiful planet. :-)

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    1. Indeed it is! Why anyone would want to abuse or foul it is one of the things in this life that mystifies me. Sometimes I wonder what sunrise and sunset looks like from the other planets in our solar system. And how odd it would be to see multiple moons in the night sky!

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  9. Incredible skies, and love that header photo!!

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    1. Thank you! This year's crop of lilacs has yet to make an appearance, and given that we're under yet another Winter Storm Watch starting tomorrow, that's a good thing! But I sure look forward to their fragrant arrival at last.

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  10. Dawn is a magical time - and your photos are always covered in fairy dust. Thank you.

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    1. Your comments are always so pretty and poetic! I love the idea of fairy dust on my sunrise photos. :-) It's a magical time indeed - those transitional "between times" always are!

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  11. Beautiful sunrises and my favourite is the last one.

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    1. Choosing that one for my SkyWatch thumbnail was a no-brainer. Quite the cotton-candy colors, aren't they?

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  12. You know the clouds looking like a mare's tail actually announced rain ! The Appalachian saying is also right for the French Riviera ;-)

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    1. I appreciate your stopping by to answer my question! :-) They accurately predict rain here, too. I decided to look up that saying, and apparently a version of it was popular among sailors, too. When there are just a few of those high cirrus clouds, it means fair weather, but when they start to gather like they were in your photo, it means a warm and humid air mass is approaching. So, it's apparently an earth-wide phenomenon! :-)

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  13. Oh lovely!!

    I love the fact that you showed us two shots just seconds apart...very cool to see.

    I love the moon rise shot; it gives me shivers, and makes me feel cozy and exhilarated somehow.

    What stunning colors in all the shots.

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    1. Thank you, Rose! I'm very pleased to hear the the sunrise/moonrise shot had such an impact on you. I love all the things that are going on in that photo - night and day, sun and moon, clear sky and foreboding clouds, and some subtle but interesting colors. And then, the transformation it made in half an hour to a very different sunrise! Cool stuff. Thanks for sharing my appreciation for that photo, which isn't as dramatic as the others at first glance, but has more depths to plumb. :-)

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  14. Um, I meant minutes, not seconds. Of course. Ahem.

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  15. Such a beautiful skies and gorgeous colors!

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    1. That's saying something, coming from your land of colorful sunsets! :-)

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  16. Those are gorgeous skies. Amazing how they just keep coming your way -- barbara

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    1. I know, the bounty of colorful sunrises here make me feel over-indulgent! But there seems to be little I can do to stop it, even if I wanted to, so I just try to spread them around. :-)

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  17. Wow, that last sky photo is intense! Just beautiful photos. I'm surprised you can ever stand to go inside! :)

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    1. Thank you! And LOL - believe me, when it's the slightest bit pleasant out, I CAN'T stand to be inside. And we made sure that our house has lots of big windows, so even when I am inside, I'm almost always looking out! (Have to, or I'd be likely to miss another intriguing sky!) :-)

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  18. I know you like me to pick my favorite of the photos you post but you really made it hard today.

    I've narrowed it to two - the first and the last one. I love the colors in both and if they were shirts, I'd just buy both!! The oranges and golds in the first one are so strong and those are the colors I think of when I think pretty sky. But then the pinks, purples, yellows and blues of the last photo are so stunning that it's amazing too.

    It's something that the third and fourth photos were taken only 1/2 hour apart. What I noticed besides the change in color is the distance in each one. One looks like it was zoomed in and the other looks like it was zoomed out. It is incredible how quickly clouds can move!

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    1. You're right, I always like to hear which photo in a collection is someone's favorite, so thank you for struggling through the challenge of this one! :-) Your two favorites are also mine. They don't even look like they'd have been taken in the same part of the world, never mind in the same 10-day period, do they? I love the variety in our skies.

      Though I stood in the same spot to take both of those half-hour apart photos, I shot the first one looking due east and the second one facing more east-northeast, and I know that I zoomed in for the second one as well to capture some of the cloud detail. I had to use a wider angle for the first one in order to get that moon in the shot along with the horizon. But the clouds can move quickly, too! I've missed capturing a really cool cloud formation because I couldn't grab my camera in time and suddenly the "face" or "iguana" or "Volkswagen Beetle" or whatever it is I thought I'd seen in the cloud has morphed into something far less recognizable or interesting. :-)

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  19. Each more intensely beautiful than the one before! Thanks for sharing these amazing skies!

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    1. Thank you, Bea, I'm so happy you enjoyed them! It's my pleasure to share our beautiful skies, especially since we seem to get more than our fair share of them!

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