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Friday, May 31, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: The sun sets on the school year

Today's the last day of school for the kiddos of Sheridan, and I thought this sunset over the elementary school across the street from our house symbolized the end of another school year rather prettily. (Funny, we moved into our new home on the first day of school last August, which I also commemorated with a sunset SkyWatch Friday post!) :-)


The view from my computer, looking out our study window...


And the views from our front porch...



Summer vacation is no reason to stop learning, 
so enjoy a fun education about the world's skies at...
And delight in this final day of May!

23 comments:

  1. Oh, that last day of school feeling....the long summer stretched out before you...aaah.
    Jane x

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    1. BW and I were just talking about that, how the summer felt eternal when were were kids! Now it's just a blip. But it's wonderful that we can still recall that feeling of it stretching out before us like a grassy carpet, so fertile with possibilities and adventures!

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  2. What lovely skies!

    School ends for us in two weeks! Yikes - ten weeks' holiday!

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    1. Weren't they? Sunset won't look like that today, it's raining and blowing a gale! But it's supposed to turn nice again starting tomorrow.

      Wow, two more weeks of school for the kiddos there? And these kids here not only get out two weeks earlier, they also get two additional weeks of vacation (they don't start again till the end of August). The little slackers!! LOL

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  3. Beautiful views! We've got two more weeks of school to go here in Oregon. And still lots of rain and grey skies going on of course ;-) Looking forward to seeing sunrises that resemble your shots...sometime late July or August!

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    1. Funny how staggered the school year is in the US! I can remember never getting out till June and always returning after Labor Day. Here they get out in May and go back in August! I wonder what it would be like to go to one of those "year round" schools. I think it sounds like a pretty good concept!

      I just caught a huge goof in this post and fixed it - this is a sunSET, not a sunrise! Duh, not only is the school to our west, but it wouldn't even make sense to put a sunRISE photo on this post! I don't know how I managed that, except that most of my sky photos are of sunrises! :-)

      I hope your skies clear too, since we'll be in the PNW in less than a month!

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  4. Another exciting sky day in Wyoming! I hope we have some decent sky action for you when you come through Washington.

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    1. There will be plenty of other excitement for us, but I would like to put in my request that it not piss rain on us the entire time. Sunshine would be good, and much appreciated for tromping around (and photographing) your great outdoors, the fields and forests of Someday Farm, the arts and crafts and music festival in Langley, the ferry rides, etc ! So see what you can do, would ya? Thankss. :-)

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  5. As the sun sets on another school year.....quiet times ahead ;-). Wednesday was the last day here, and we miss all the noisy kids and their double-parking parents......NOT!!! Lovely pics, my dear.

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    1. LOL! I know what you mean! But I take it you don't get random kids using the school parking lot for their skateboard and trick bike stunts and go-karts, or kids and adults using the basketball court? (I think, with the exception of the siren-like screams of the little girls, that I hate the basketball noise most of all. "Bonk, bonk, bonk.... DOOOIIIIIINNNGGGGG!" If only they'd get nothin' but net just ONCE in a while! :-)

      Enjoy the relative quiet! (And while we don't get double parkers, we do get totally overrun with cars every morning and twice in the afternoons - does no one walk or ride the school bus anymore?!!! Won't miss all that vehicular brouhaha one bit!)

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    2. Ahhh, I'd forgotten about the screaming little girls! Gone they are, but yes, there are still people over there from time to time on the swings, slide, and on the b-ball court Also, there's the Sunday night soccer games just up the road. Life in the big city ;-). xoxoxo

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  6. I like how you captured the wind chime in the foreground. Beautiful skies!

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    1. Thank you! I love how that wind chime sounds, but it also made for a lovely silhouette!

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  7. It is hard to do anything except sit and admire skies like that. And I don't think it is a misuse of time either. Beauty should be cherished and savoured where-ever it appears. And thank you for sending the savoury delights my way this morning.

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    1. I agree! And your observation about pausing in life to admire skies like this - or beauty in general - not being a misuse of time reminded me of this wonderful quote...

      Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.
      ~J. Lubbock


      And, as always, you are most welcome!

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  8. School ends early there compared to here! I think the kids have until June 11 here.

    The skies are very pretty! They're all beautiful but the first one is definitely my favorite. I love the silhouettes of the wind chime and other hanging thing (I know what it is but have no idea what it's called!).

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    1. I know, it seems really early to me too (your local vacation schedule sounds more like the one I recall from childhood, though perhaps a tad later), so I was amazed that Paul's (aka Spud) schools in Ohio (he also lives across the street from an elementary school!) closed three days before ours did!

      The first one is my favorite too, and I'm so glad I was able to take it through the glass so clearly (and without a flash ruining it!) I think the hanging thing is called a wind spinner, and there are two large ones on Amazon that I'm lusting after - want to hang them on either side of the windchimes for balance. :-) My original plan was to put hanging flower baskets on those two hooks, but now that we know how hard the wind often blows, especially out front, we've had to abandon that idea. :-( But wind spinners should be MADE for those conditions! :-) In case you'd like to see them, here's one and here's the other. :-)

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    2. I love both of those wind spinners, especially the dragonfly one! We should really get one of those. It would be quite suitable for the winds here!

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    3. Definitely a "since we can't beat it, let's make it do something pretty for us" piece of outdoor decor! :-)

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  9. Nice.

    Thanks for the comment and for your concern. The rabbit rescue is wet but fine. It's spooky weather season here and the one thing I'm impressed with so far is that the technology of radar has progressed enough that they can pretty well spot on tell you what is happening and exactly where. As long as you have power you really can be quite certain of what is happening around you. Very different from when I was a kid. Nevertheless, I'm ready for some peaceful sky overhead. :-)

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    1. SO relieved and happy you're all okay, VE! And I'm glad that the forecasting and warnings are so accurate, timely and precise, making such a huge difference in saving lives. But it's still got to be unnerving to live in a place that's so vulnerable to such violent weather, and can't blame you one bit for wanting peaceful skies! Give all the Heartland furbabies extra hugs from me!

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  10. I'll take a give a hug from a Heartland bunny too! <3

    Laloofah those photos are spectacular! What a display outside your window to the world!

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