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Friday, November 29, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: The Skies of November

No gloomy November skies here! But then, we don't live on the Great Lake they call Gitche Gumee. So (with a nod to the incomparable Gordon Lightfoot's sad and haunting song), when the skies of November turned dreamy, I got out the camera and captured them as best I could. Here are some examples of our skies during our benevolent November…

Sunrise, 11/10

Same sunrise moments later
(these first two are a rerun from an earlier post, but I just had to include them!)

Pastel Sunrise, 11/16

Moonrise, 11/16

Sunset & Contrail, 11/17

Full Moon & Clouds, 11/17

Cotton Candy Sunset Clouds, 11/19

 "Fly south for winter - check!" :-)
Geese flying in checkmark formation, 11/24

Blazing Sunrise, 11/26

Dawn's Early Light, 11/27

In contrast to our mild and sunny November, December is predicted to greet us with a decidedly cold shoulder with snow and temps in the single and sub-zero digits most of next week. Ho-ho-oh-no! Oh well, we're grateful November's skies and weather played nice, and hope you enjoy gentle skies wherever you are!


And a very Happy Hanukkah to all who celebrate it!

27 comments:

  1. Beautiful sunrises. Love them.

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    1. We definitely get some wonderful skies here, sometimes all day (and night) long! But the sunrises are usually the best.

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  2. Wow wow and more WOW! What gorgeous skies you've had.

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    1. So glad you enjoyed them! We really have enjoyed a month of wonderful skies after that long boring spell! :-)

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  3. Beautiful colorful skies you have here !

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    1. They can get pretty extraordinary! I try to always keep my camera charged and handy, because they can fade so quickly.

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    1. Thank you, Laura - we thought so too! :-)

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  5. Wow, wow and wow. Though I loved them all, it was the geese which made my heart sing this morning. Thank you.

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    1. The geese have been very busy lately, flying overhead in great, honking flocks! It always gives me goosebumps, appropriately enough! :-) The best photo ops have been happening while walking the dogs when I don't have my camera with me, natch. But I was very tickled to get this one from the front porch, and am glad it made your heart sing! :-)

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  6. Beautiful series of photos I just love sunrises and you captured some great ones

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    1. Thank you ~ I love sunrises too, and live in a great place for some real stunners. All I really have to do is turn my camera on, point it east on any given morning, and press the shutter button. Voilá, great sunrise photo (most of the time!) :-)

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  7. Glad you're sharing all those magnificent skies with us, Laloo! Marvelous captures, thank you!

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    1. Thanks, raf! They'd sure been piling up, I was glad to get the last-minute chance to share them all. They don't do much good just sitting on my hard drive, gathering electronic dust! :-)

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  8. It sounds like you'll be sharing our weather soon! You have such beautiful skies there. We, unfortunately, live next to another great lake that makes many of our days gloomy. It was sunny today, though, which was a nice break from all of that!

    The Blazing Sunrise photo is so gorgeous especially. We had a sunrise like that once when we lived two blocks away from Lake Michigan. I was in awe!

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    1. No kidding! I just don't know why it has to be so rude, going from sunny and 50º for several days to an entire week of single digit highs and clouds and snow! And BW is NOT happy that it's hitting during the work week as December rolls in. Being a UPS man is hard enough this time of year without having to be out in that sort of weather for 12-16 hours every day. Yuck!

      I'm glad you got to enjoy a sunny day! Those sunshiny breaks are so important during the winter. I actually sat out on the back patio yesterday in my tshirt and rolled up yoga pants and basked for a while yesterday. Felt so good!

      That was one of our most awesome sunrises, so you have a good eye! I think I remember your mentioning that sunrise over Lake Michigan - you have captured some humdingers since, too!

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  9. Some amazing photos here. I like the 11/26 photo best. Very dramatic and beautiful spectrum of colours. Good control of your camera. Well done!

    Have a wonderful weekend.

    Alexander
    Alex's World! - http://www.kakinan.com/alex

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    1. Thank you, Alex! "Good control" of my camera is my case just means holding it steady while I snap the photo. :-) I really do need to learn how to do the manual settings, because the auto feature often doesn't capture some of our sunrises well enough to share them - the rising sun is often an overly-bright blob of yellow. Anyway, I'm glad you enjoyed these! You nave a wonderful weekend too!

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  10. Can you photograph the sunrises and sunsets from your yard? I would have to walk seven blocks to get a clear shot of the sky and I can't seem to force myself to do it. Is it too soon to say bah humbug? So lazy am I.

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    1. It's almost always where I'm photographing them from! Sunrises usually from the back patio, sunsets usually from the front porch, storms and flying geese and interesting clouds from both places. I get most of my exercise running from our back door to our front door and back again with my camera. :-)

      If I lived in your pretty neighborhood and had a photo-worthy sky (which I know doesn't happen very often in rainy Seattle), I'd walk 7 blocks to do it! Silly girl. As for it being too early to say Bah, humbug - nope! Not when they start putting out the Christmas stuff on Labor Day! Sheesh. BW and I are both in humbug moods this year, and are going to keep our decor minimalist. As BW's retirement gets closer, being a UPS man at Christmas gets ever harder. I need to work on our holiday newsletter, but I can tell it's going to feel like you feel about walking 7 blocks to take a sky photo! LOL

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  11. These are stunning photos. Beautiful.

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed them and appreciate your visit and comment! :-)

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  12. What beautiful skies you have, my dear. Perhaps like no others anywhere.

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    1. Thanks, Spud! We do have amazing skies here, and remark about that often. If it weren't for seeing some equally (and sometimes even more) amazing skies in various parts of the world on SkyWatch, I'd agree with you that ours are like no others!

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  13. Stunning captures ... and thanks for visiting!

    Irene

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