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Friday, August 8, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: A Gift of Skies Tied with a Rainbow

A magnificent sunrise on Saturday, a glorious sunset on Thursday - a lovely gift of skies, all tied up with a beautiful (rain)bow...

Last Saturday dawned on a chilly mix of tattered clouds, golden sun, and freshly fallen rain that created a sunrise-colored rainbow. It seemed to be bringing good luck to the elementary school across the street, though I doubt the kiddos whose summer vacation is on its last legs were impressed...


Here's its other end ~ it was a full double rainbow, though I couldn't fit it all in the frame


Unlike our hectic days spent beneath them, the skies for the rest of the week were mundane. At least until last night's sunset painted this pretty picture, so evanescent I nearly missed it...


SkyWatch Friday: every week a gift of lovely and interesting skies around the world...

36 comments:

  1. Beautiful skies! Haven't seen a good sunrise or sunset in ages here, but we have had a few rainbows.

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    1. I think your skies aren't smoky or dusty enough for the sunrises and sunsets! But at least they've been wet and sunny enough for rainbows. :-) (And you've been enjoying such beauty at ground level! I'm still envious of those beautiful flowers of yours… loved those pics!)

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  2. Laloofah, thanks for dropping by my blog and leaving such delightful and complimentary comments. You're much better than I am at writing comments! And thanks for the correction; don't know how I could have made that mistake. Usually my mistakes are horticultural things and the Head Gardener corrects me, but I think I'm just going too fast sometimes and don't stop to think!

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    1. Aw, Furry Gnome, how sweet of you! Of course you are most welcome for the complimentary comments, your photos are more than deserving of all the high praise my vocabulary can muster! :-) I wish I were better at being a regular visitor to other blogs, but sometimes it's all I can do to keep up with my own. As for the ISS vs the Shuttle, I figured that was the deal. Happens to me all the time, and for the same reason! Monkey mind moves too fast, sometimes misses a branch. LOL How great that the Head Gardener is helping improve your horticulture knowledge and skills by catching any blogging boo-boos, though your garden looks like you never make any! :-)

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  3. i think the pot of gold is inside the school! awesome shots!

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    1. It does look that way, doesn't it? Lucky teacher that got assigned THAT classroom! LOL

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  4. Moody magnificence.
    And I never met a rainbow I didn't love - thank you.

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    1. It was a moody morning! Sort of like a morning person and a not-a-morning person meeting for an early breakfast. LOL

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  5. That is quite a rainbow, and a beautiful sunset as well.

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    1. Yes they were, thanks for stopping by to admire them! :-)

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  6. These are beautiful skies and photos! That rainbow looks like it's going right in the front door of the school!!

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    1. Thanks bunches, I'm glad you enjoyed them! Maybe the rainbow was sneaking into the school to turn all the chalk rainbow colors and restock the finger paints. :-)

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  7. Beautiful. We will have a whole week with 0% chance of precipitation!! Wonderful!

    as for my post, for your interest here is another post featuring the turquoisey building. The light changes can make it look entirely different

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    1. Enjoy your week of dry weather! And thanks again for the link to the very interesting "turquoisey" building - the light effects on its color are amazing!

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  8. A trainbow in a sunset sky is a gift indeed. Marvellous.

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  9. Oh, so pretty! I adore double rainbows, especially when you can see them in their entirety! The color of the sky is gorgeous to go with the rainbows, as well.

    The sunset in the last photo almost looks like a painting. Beautiful!

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    1. We used to see full double rainbows quite often from our place in Big Horn, but for some reason don't see very many rainbows at all from here. Our sky is more obstructed, of course, but that can't be the whole reason! Anyway, the main rainbow was full, and its lighter twin was very nearly so, but faded out quite a bit on the western side over the school. Still, that made for quite a sky that morning!

      So many of our sunsets (and sunrises too, for that matter) look like paintings. I'm surprised there isn't a large artist's colony set up out here, just to paint skies! :-)

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    1. Yes they were. They make photography easy!

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  11. Fabulous skywatch photos. I'm jealous of the rainbow. Much too dry in Seattle this summer for rainbows! But we're not complaining, believe me. Best summer in years.

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    1. I'm glad you're getting to enjoy a beautiful summer there (the fires east of you are sure devastating, though!) - soak up that sunshine while ye may, I know you endure a lot of months of gray and rain.

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  12. I so love to watch what our skies bring to us in the PNW. Of course I found that KY had wonderful skies too. I guess it all depends if one takes the time to stop what they are doing and look up. Wonderful views can be found up there as your photos show. -- barbara

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  13. Lovely rainbow captures. The last shot is beautiful too, the colors are gorgeous.. Happy Skywatching, have a great day!

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    1. Thanks, Eileen! I love the colors too, I don't even have to mess with an editor to achieve them. I think the smoke from the western fires and the dust from our dry summers, bad as both are, do collude to bring some amazing colors to our sunrises and sunsets out here.

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  14. Aren't rainbows something special? ;-)

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  15. Hi,Laloofah. I have never seen a double rainbow like this. The golden color is very beautiful too. I hope many good lucks to the people who saw the rainbow. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi, Minoru! Really? I would have thought you'd see them often there, especially during your times spent in the countryside. I wonder what natural phenomenon is required to create a double rainbow, and why we get them quite often here. When we lived up on the side of the mountain, nearly every rainbow was a double! Very seldom a full double, but double at each end. Down here we rarely see that, and it may be because our view of the bottom parts of the rainbows are blocked by trees - from up where we lived before, we could see everything! I love that you hope for good luck to everyone who saw this rainbow, you're so sweet! :-)

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  16. Such a beautiful rainbow! Wonderful skies!!!

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  17. And....somewhere I have a photo or two of a double rainbow across the street above OUR school.

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    1. I guess the leprechauns have a particular fondness for elementary schools! :-)

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