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Friday, May 9, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: May Showers (& Flowers)

"As above, so below" - it's been a hectic, busy week at ground level as well as overhead! Since this is a SkyWatch post, I'll stick mostly with the "as above" part, so here we go...

Our late afternoon skies on Cinco de Mayo were filled with nubes ominosas, but hey, there's always that silver lining…


By the next day it was the forecast that was ominous, calling for rain, snow, wind, and much colder temps through late yesterday. Once we'd gotten all our yard work done and walked the dogs while it was still pleasant, I grabbed my camera and went on a little walkabout to capture the transition in progress overhead:

This was our fairish, blueish, puffy-cloud filled happy sky to the east, on its way out...


While from the same spot, a mere 90ยบ pivot to the west revealed the grouchy, storm-filled sky that was on its way in… 


A short walk along that path leads to the driveway of this property. It's not every day you see a Jolly Roger flying from a Wyoming flagpole! Avast mateys, time to reef the mainsail!...

(The smoke that the keen-eyed among you may have spied in the distance below the Jolly Roger is from the springtime burning of fields. I worry about the wee critters who live in them, and hate the acrid smell!)

No surprise, seeing those threatening skies, that they did indeed open up and pelt us with windblown hard rains that night, and sloppy rain/snow mixes from then until yesterday afternoon. For a while on Wednesday it snowed so hard we couldn't see across the street. (Didn't stick, though, thank goodness!) Anyway, in some news from ground level, the hardy spring flowers in our neighbors' yard didn't seem to mind that the drinks served this week were mostly Slushies...


They put on a happy, colorful Spring parade in spite of the dreary weather!


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  1. What wonderfully dramatic skies!

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    1. They sure were - and we had a repeat last evening! (Those I photographed with the iPad).

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  2. Wow. I can feel the weight of those heavy skies.
    Snap on the fear for the small beasties of the field.
    Love the spring display too.

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    1. Heavy is a great description, and they certainly lightened their load over us during the next few days! :-)

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  3. Great shots and beautiful flowers.

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    1. Thank you - those flowers have inspired us to plant some bulbs in our front flowerbed this fall. We're feeling too left out. :-)

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  4. The color shown by those flowers is phenomenal.

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    1. The lighting through the overcast almost made them look like day-glo colors, and the camera picked that up. I remember reading several years ago that cloud cover made for the best flower photography, and it has proven true!

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  5. Nice sky series-clouds are so much fun to look at. The first shot has such great contrasts!

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    1. Thank you, Jane! I wasn't sure if that first photo would turn out well, so I was pretty pleased with it. It was a beautiful sight from our front porch!

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  6. Hi,Laloofah. May storm would happen in our country too. It was fearful,but the second shot is very beautiful. It's nice that flowers are blooming in your front yard. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful sunday.

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    1. Hi, Minoru! I am not surprised to hear that, with all the lush greenery and beautiful flowers you are always sharing, that you get some good spring rains there! I wish these flowers were in our front yard (they're in a neighbor's yard instead), but hopefully next year we'll have a few of these beauties in our front flowerbed. We do have a few blooming flowers of our own, though, but they're not nearly as showy as these! :-)

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  7. Gorgeous sky shots! The first one looks very dramatic!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! I thought that sky should have been accompanied by a symphony orchestra playing something dramatic by Beethoven. :-)

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  8. I really like that first image - I like the inclusion of the pole - it adds a "reality" to the image.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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    1. Truth be told, I had little choice about the light pole's inclusion they surround the school parking lot across the street and one was going to appear in my shot no matter what angle I used! :-) So I'm glad you thought it added instead of subtracted from the photo. I agree, actually - it gives the picture a depth that it wouldn't have otherwise, I think. Thanks for your visit and comment, Stewart!

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  9. It's amazing how fast the weather can change. I love the two extremes of the sky- we'll often see that here, as well. Just today while we were walking at the state park it went from sunny to a very thick fog rolling in from the lake. Such crazy weather we're both having!

    I'm jealous of the flowers. Things are finally starting to bud a little bit around here, so hopefully we'll be seeing some color soon!

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    1. I think going from sunny to thick fog (or vice versa) is one of the more thrilling sudden weather changes there is to experience. When we lived in San Clemente, CA when I was a toddler, the fog would roll in from the ocean like you describe and obliterate a cloudless, sunny day - mom said it always scared me. :-) And once my dad and I climbed Mt. Washington in NH with a large group of British Army cadets that our friend Iain had brought over (long story), and when we summited the fog was so thick you couldn't see your hand in front of your face. Which was tragic, because we'd climbed for 2 days and the views from the summit are awesome. As we sat there in the "Tip Top House" with its panoramic views (of grey nothingness) drinking hot tea, the fog suddenly lifted like a curtain and revealed the White Mountain range in all its sunlit glory! Couldn't have orchestrated a more dramatic event for our Brit visitors if we'd tried. :-)

      The cherry and apple trees here are now insanely covered in fragrant flowers, though last night's 60+mph winds probably changed that! Fortunately, I took some photos yesterday though I have yet to download them. I hope your flowers catch a warm break and start blooming like crazy!

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  10. I always enjoy the narratives you add to your photos but "... the grouchy, storm filled sky" was especially fun. It really adds personality to your photos and animates them!!

    I had misunderstood in the e:mail that the flowers were your neighbors. I thought I recalled that you planted some bulbs so I assumed they were yours. In any case you get to enjoy and admire them and that's the important thing. I'm anxiously awaiting our own spring flowers here!!

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    1. Thank you, Jo, I love when you share the details of what you enjoyed about my posts! That sky was definitely grouch looking. :-)

      It seems like everyone in the neighborhood has at least one flowering tree and a whole lot of tulips, daffodils, and grape hyacinths, while we have none of those things. We'd decided against a crabapple and are sticking with that decision, but we were getting jealous of the spring bulbs, so this fall we plan to plant some in our front flowerbed. Meanwhile, we're definitely enjoying everyone else's pretty flowers and flowering trees! The perfume is amazing - the lilacs will be next! You and Molly have both been suffering a long winter and very delayed spring thanks to your proximity to Lake Michigan this year. Here's hoping both your neighborhood warm up and start blooming soon! (And that the lake will continue to cool you down this summer when you actually NEED it to!)

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  11. Lovely skies with great contrast. You know how to capture things at just the right time. It was nice to see some tulips and daffodils since any around here have long died off. Yeah, farmers do the burn-off thing here, too. I remember doing it growing up on the farm and didn't like it then. xoxo

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    1. Thanks, Spud! I don't always nail it with my timing, but got lucky that time. The skies can change so quickly that by the time we get back from our walk with the girls, it's often too late to grab a camera and capture what we saw. But this time it worked out!

      The tulips have really opened up around here, so should be dropping their petals soon. Actually, given our big wind storm last night (63mph gusts that lasted about an hour!), they flowers themselves are probably all lying flat on the ground! I'll know better when we head out to this morning's appointments and drive by the ones in the photo here. I hope they weren't demolished - ditto all the blossoms on the neighborhood trees, which appeared to be at their full, perfumed and glorious height yesterday! It's amazing how much further ahead you are compared to Jo in Michigan and Molly in WI - that lake effect is a biggie.

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  12. Dear Laloofah, thanks for the information about the Jolly Roger, we all recognise that flag but surely no many people know the origin of it.
    The shoots of the clouds look so real that I even felt cold ;-). By us there also are spring rains but they are really minimalist, in Spanish we say "cayeron cuatro gotas" that means "just four drops fell down"...not enough to water the plants.
    I´m sure next year your tulip bulbs will flower as colourful as your neighbours´, but for now it´s nice to enjoy theirs.
    Lots of love!!!

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  13. Hi, Sandra! I'm glad you enjoyed the Jolly Roger info - I thought it was interesting (I almost always learn new things when I blog!) We've a lot of "cayeron cuatro gotas" days here this spring - very threatening skies and forecasts of rain, but yup - just four drops fall down! :-) There's a joke in some places about using a small sandbox as a rain gauge, so you can count the wet spots where the drops hit the sand to know how much rain fell. That would have worked here for our spring rains this year, I'm afraid!
    I hope you're right about our tulips next year - I think we'll plant a combo of yellow daffodils and the two-toned red & yellow tulips. I love those! xoxo and lots of love to you, too!

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