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Friday, May 24, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: A 5-Minute Sunrise

How many of these...


 ...can you find in this post? :-)

Some of them are tricky - you'll have to pay attention and do some math!
(The answer appears at the bottom of this post).

Here are 5 sunrise photos shot during a 5-minute span on 5/23 in 55mph wind gusts. (It was not only windy, it was also cold, so please pardon any blurriness - I was shaking like a windblown leaf!)...

Photo taken at 04:23:05

You can't tell from these photos, of course, but those low dark clouds were scudding across the sky at an impressive speed...

04:23:52

04:24:56

04:27:34

04:28:03

And about 15 seconds after I took this last one, *poof!* Just like that, the sky was virtually colorless. I think the wind blew the colors right out of the sky!


The wind blew away a lot more than that in Oklahoma this week, whose own skies were anything but beautiful for a devastating few minutes Monday, and our love and healing thoughts go out to all who are dealing with the tornado's tragic and grueling aftermath. 


And the answer is... 15 (oops, there's another one!) :-)
 Hints for the less obvious ones you may have missed: The 5 in the post title, the "5" graphic, the day's date ("23"rd) plus the "23" seconds in the first two photos (2+3=5
And you get a gold star if you got this one: the numbers in the time the first photo was shot add up to 32, and 3+2= yep, 5

33 comments:

  1. How beautiful...thanks for posting.

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    1. You beat me to it - I have been thinking of you constantly this week and am sorry I've not made it by your blog to tell you so! (Yet! I'm heading there next!) I did more of a tribute in my post yesterday than today, but there's no way to talk about the skies this week without mentioning what happened just up the road from you! I'm so glad you're safe.

      And as always, thank you - and you're most welcome! :-)

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  2. Hello, lovely colors !
    What a view of the sky you have from your place...
    Bye Myriam :)

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    1. Thanks, Myriam! We do get to see (and photograph!) some wonderful skies from our house, and it's fun to share them! (Your own sky photo today is really gorgeous!)

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    2. Hi Laloofah,
      grazie per il tuo commento :)
      La foto è stata fatta in montagna.... e devo dire che hai veramente ragione, la vista è magnifica :)
      Ciao Myriam

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    3. Ciao, Myriam -
      You are going to make me learn Italian, aren't you? :-) Just another reason I wish my grandfather (who came from Pisa) had taught it to me! (He did, a little, but mostly counting and swear words. And "ché bello lago," which has come in handy exactly once. LOL)

      Thank you for answering my question about where you took your beautiful photo! Now I'm wondering which mountains! :-)

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  3. Wow, the colors in your photos and sky are stunning. Beautiful captures. Happy Skywatching!

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    1. Thank you, Eileen! I don't think I'd ever seen the sky and its colors change so fast as I did with this particular sunrise. I finally quit putting my lens cap back on my camera! :-)

      Have a wonderful, safe holiday weekend!

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  4. Those are really beautiful shots of the sky that you've captured. So interesting how the colors change over five minutes!

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    1. I thought so too! I'm used to seeing the colors deepen and then fade, but not change hues so drastically! And in such a short time. I was sure glad to get to see and capture it, and am glad you enjoyed it!

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  5. I was only counting actual 5's, not adding things up (although I thought about that at first....), so I only got 11 at first. :)

    Beautiful sunrise, but it does sound like a cold one! I love when you can see clouds moving so fast. Very cool! All of the pictures really remind me of how the sun looks rising over Lake Michigan. I've really got to go there one of these mornings.

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    1. I figured that's what people would do (if they did anything at all, LOL), which is why I dropped the "you'll have to do some math" hint. :-) Adding those numbers up like I did to get more fives was an old habit from my numerology days. I was really into that, and still find it kind of intriguing! ("5" is the number of freedom and expansion, so it goes rather nicely with that big, beautiful sky!) Oh, and 11 is not a shabby result either - thanks for playing along! :-)

      How far is Lake Michigan from you? Maybe you can camp out on the shore and then you'll just be there already when the sun comes up. :-) It was only about 38º that morning, but I haven't done the calculation to figure out what the windchill would be with gusts that strong! Freaking cold, that's how cold! I tried to take a video of those clouds flying across the sky, but I was shaking so badly at that point you can't even tell what I was filming!

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  6. How gorgeous! The purple/lavender colors are some of my favorites and these are stunning to view! Thanks for sharing. Have nice w/end.

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    1. I love those shades too, and while we get a lot of pink (and orange, yellow and red) in our sunrises, we don't often see the lavender! That sky experienced quite the metamorphosis!

      You have a nice weekend too, and happy SkyWatching!

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  7. Hah, I flunked your test but hey the photos made it worth it plus I love your turn of phrase, "the wind blew the colors right out of the sky"

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    1. LOL, nah - no grades, not even Pass/Fail, will be given out. :-) It's just for grins, so thanks for giving it a try! I'm very glad you enjoyed the photos - and that phrase came so easily, since that seemed to be exactly what happened!

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  8. Ooh and aah. I do love dawn and these photos are stunning. Thank you so much for freezing for our benefit.

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    1. Thanks, Ellie Sue! My, um, pleasure. :-)

      Btw, I checked on "our" crabapple tree this afternoon, and would you believe there were only about 3 petals on the ground? Neither a carpet nor litter of petals as a result of those awful winds! I was impressed (and glad!) I'll be curious to see if the lilacs around town fared as well - they've been magnificent!

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    2. How lovely. I do like a tenacious tree. Our crab apple is a joy and delight every year, but broadcasts its petals with every breeze. Which has a charm of its own.

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  9. serene pastels that turned into a fiery sky.
    great series.

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    1. Perfectly put, Luna! And thanks, I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  10. Such beautiful sky shots - love that lilac colour.

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    1. Me too, too bad we didn't have blooming lilacs in our backyard to match it! :-)

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  11. Spectacular! I sometimes think you live in some different dimension ;-).....or planet, maybe?

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    1. Of course I do. I live on the planet Vega. ;-)

      I admit, our skies are often other-worldly, day and night!

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  12. How fun - a game. I did terribly but it was still fun. Where do you get these ideas? Very clever.

    I can't get over all the different colors you captured in only 5 minutes. The first was all blues and pink and by the end it was blue gray and orange. That was some fast coloring going on. And then some fast "uncoloring". Perhaps the color went away when the giant holding up the earth shook his enormous "etch-a-sketch"!

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    1. I'm glad you had fun with it, that was the whole point of the silly little exercise. :-) I have no idea where this stuff comes from - somewhere deep in my addled brain, apparently. LOL

      I know, the change of colors was amazing! Usually they just deepen and then fade, but to change so drastically was quite unusual!

      Talk about clever - your image of the giant shaking his "etch-a-sketch" is absolutely wonderful!!! I love that!

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  13. WoW! More beautiful than any artist could ever paint!

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    1. I think if an artist did manage to paint skies like these, we'd probably think they didn't look real! :-)

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