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Friday, September 5, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Glad to be a morning person!

September already? Busy days lately, many that began with equally busy skies enlivened by charismatic clouds. I hope you enjoy these early morning overhead offerings!

A couple of sunrises from last week...

(I call this one "Battlestar Gallactica Cloud!")


The still unsettled (but still lovely) early morning skies over our campsite following a night of wild thunderstorms and rain...

Just when I thought it was turning into a sunny day, the clouds said, "Not so fast, sister!"...

And finally these photos, taken about 2½ minutes apart, of the breathtaking sunrise that greeted us on Labor Day and got September off to a beautiful start…



I definitely live in a place where it's great to be a morning person. :-)

Happy weekend and happy SkyWatching!

30 comments:

  1. Indeed there is a battle going on above.

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    1. I thought several of these skies had spaceship-like clouds in them! (Thankfully, they all came in peace). :-)

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    1. Thank you, Amit! I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  3. Impossibly gorgeous!!! I would die and drop the camera if I saw that sunrise. How lucky you are. Thank you for sharing it with us. Happy skywatching and happy weekend. xoxo

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    1. That's why I always have my camera strap around my neck. :-) Glad you enjoyed, Jenny!

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  4. Wow - gorgeous and dramatic. I do love sunrises!

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    1. So do I, and you and I do get to enjoy some real beauties!

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    1. We get a lot of them - it bears remarking when we get a drab one!

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  6. "Battlestar Gallactica Cloud" - That's a great pic with a creative and fitting name.

    I also love those last two fiery sunset photos. I love how vivid the colors are. (I miss seeing pretty sunsets. We had GORGEOUS one's where we lived while our house was being built. Until then, I never knew what I was missing).

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    1. These were actually all sunrise photos. We routinely get gorgeous sunrises, but don't very often get dramatic sunsets for some reason. Still, it's nice to at least have one or the other! Glad you got to enjoy some great ones for a while, at least, hope you will again someday!

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  7. Love, love, love your skies. And the morning. I am an early riser and use the quiet time to get my head in order (as much as I can) for the day. And am rewarded, so often, with glorious skies. Rarely as vivid as your sunrises though. Ours tend to be more muted colours. Galah dawns in soft pinks and greys.

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    1. I think we voluntary early risers are rare birds, if all the "not a morning person" pins I see on Pinterest are any indication! :-) I wouldn't miss early morning and sunrises for the world. And I think your soft, muted sunrises are a lovely way to start a day - especially since you have so many sunsets that take one's breath away!

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  8. Wow, seeing these skies reminds me of everything I am missing (I'm not much of a morning person)! Beautiful skies.

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    1. Well, you make up for it with so many of your sunsets, though! :-)

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  9. So colorful clicks...... Amazing photography.....:)

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  10. The last two don't even look real, they're so vibrant! We get those types of colors over Lake Michigan every once in a while and it's always quite the sight.

    The weather has been pretty unpredictable here, as well. They say 0% chance of rain, yet it starts thundering almost every day while we're in the middle of a hike!

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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    1. I know, I'm sure some people suspect I did a lot of editing/enhancing, but all I did was a little cropping and, if I recall correctly, a little sharpening. Our skies don't need enhancing! I've seen some of your beautiful, colorful skies over Lake Michigan and they definitely remind me of some of our skies out here.

      I'm so late with my replies, we've moved from thunderstorms to snowstorms already! Yikes.

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    1. My pleasure! Thank you for visiting and appreciating! xoxo

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  12. Lovely! It wasn't long ago I was up with the sunrises and it was lovely but now I set off to work before the sun really gets up and I miss those bright mornings. Ahh, the change of the seasons is upon us.

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    1. Were I you, I'd take my first coffee break outside or by an east-facing window at sunrise time. :-) No fair your job should keep you from what is so often the best part of the day! (Of course, this doesn't apply if you're a surgeon or something! "Sorry I'm in the middle of removing your [insert body part here], but I must go see the sunrise!" ;-)

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  13. Maybe I should move -- those sky views are beautiful even Battlestar Gallactica. Or maybe I should buy one of those tear drops -- get another dog and travel for a year. I miss my Sal and need an excuse to get another dog. Boo to this apartment as they don't allow dogs. Your posts are always so upbeat! -- barbara

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    1. Did you see my reply to your earlier comment about getting yourself a teardrop and a dog? I provided links to your local Little Guys/T@B dealership and Petfinder's list of some dogs in your area in need of homes. :-)

      My posts are upbeat by design. I like my little corner of the web, at least, to be as beautiful and inspiring and positive as possible, for my own sake and that of my readers. Thank you for noticing and appreciating it!

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  14. We thank YOU for being an early riser....wonderful skies! Hopefully you'll have a great look at the Harvest Moon tonight ;-).

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    1. My pleasure! :-) Oh yes, we sure did! Today's SkyWatch post proves it! :-)

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  15. These skies are fantastic! All these colors... Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Mary! They were indeed magnificent. So glad to live in a time of digital cameras and blogs for sharing the beauty! :-)

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