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Friday, July 18, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: All the Sky's a Stage...

It was an interesting week for skies here, from bright blue and cloudless to dark and thundery to smoky haze that completely obscured the mountains. A lot of sky theater!

But the highlights ("skylights?") of the week were two incredible sunsets. 

This first one was last Friday evening. We'd spent the day in Montana and got home not long before a big thunderstorm rolled in. The storm clouds turned the sky black and menacing just as the sun set, and this one small opening in the clouds - like a slightly lifted theater curtain - gave us a captivating glimpse of this molten sky...


It didn't last long before the clouds obscured it and the rain and lightning took the stage! I was sure grateful to be home to capture it...


On Monday night we had the most unusual sunset we've ever seen - it looked like a giant laser or stage light. Amazing and otherworldly, there really are no words adequate to describe it so I'll let the photos speak for themselves. Except for reducing the file size, I haven't touched them - I wanted you to see just what we saw!...




Wow. 

Changing skies, scenes, and moods completely, here's a beautifully painted teepee set up this week at the corner of Coffeen Avenue (the busiest street in Wyoming, we're told - and we believe it!) and Main Street for the tourists to enjoy. I snapped this while sitting at a red light (Luckily I was the passenger and had my camera with me, though I don't remember why!) I got a SkyWatch twofer with this one: the beautiful summer sky above and the one painted on the teepee! :-)


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24 comments:

  1. These are lovely sunsets and beautiful captures. The "laser" sunset is amazing.. Cool photos.. Happy Skywatching!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen! Our skies make it easy when they look like that! :-)

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  2. The path of light photos are just stunning. I wish I could have been there to see it!

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    1. I wish you could have too, it was such an unusual sight - and it didn't last long. So glad I saw it and had my camera handy so I could share it!

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  3. indeed: wow! the light effect is amazing. great that you had the chance to see it, and had the camera with you.

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    1. I've seen and photographed a lot of skies, but have never seen anything like it before. My husband and I stood on our front porch and gaped (well, I gaped between snapping photos - it's hard to gape and take photos at the same time!) :-) Though we're often on our front porch in the evenings, I could have just as easily missed it - it was so fleeting. I was definitely lucky!

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  4. amazing sunset, looks like a giant flashlight

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    1. It does look like a giant flashlight beam!

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  5. Wow - love that orange cone in the sky!

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    1. It was a SkyWatch sky if ever there was one! :-)

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  6. You do find, capture and share the most incredible things. Mega thanks.

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    1. Thanks, Ellie Sue - I usually don't have to stray far from my door to find them, which is nice! And neither do you - your birds and flowers alone always take my breath away!

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  7. Fantastic orange light in the sky.

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    1. I still wonder what caused it to look like that! So unique!

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  8. Wow, I've never seen anything like that before. Really beautiful and unusual!

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    1. Thanks, SP&P! I never have either, and it gave me goosebumps! So glad to have a good camera - I doubt I could have described it to anyone adequately (and have them believe me if I could!) :-)

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  9. The first sunset is gorgeous and that second one is really something! It does look like a beam of light that's coming from the ground. So, so cool!

    I adore that teepee. So pretty!

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    1. I thought it should be accompanied by some sort of celestial or classical music. "Ode to Joy" or "The 1812 Overture" or something. :-)

      Thanks for mentioning the teepee! I was starting to wonder if I was the only one who could see it! :-) That strange light beam sunset was a major distraction, apparently. :-) I agree, it was a very pretty teepee.

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  10. Incredible! Can honestly say I've never seen sunsets like these.....otherworldly!

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    1. Very - "otherworldly" is the perfect description!

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  11. No time for one of your huge car show offerings but this skywatch post offered just the right amount of scenery for my short break.

    I enjoyed the first two photos because they were just absolutely gorgeous but my favorite was the second of the three laser light photos. Wow! That was definitely unique and very special. I like how you compared it to a theatre flood light!

    I also really enjoyed the tee-pee. A twofer sky photo indeed. I wonder what it was for. Just for looking at? Whatever it was for, it is pretty neat!

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    1. Hey, Jo! I'm glad you could make it by the ol' blogarooni, and that there was a perfectly-sized post waiting for your short break! :-) And I'm really glad you were able to visit this particular SkyWatch post, because that "orange cone" sky was pretty special. Wasn't that something?!

      I think the teepee was just for looking at, though I suppose people could go inside it if they wanted. Not sure if it was just there for rodeo week or if it's going to be there most of the summer, but next time I'm driving through that intersection I'll have to pay attention!

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