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Friday, September 26, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Summer Sets, Autumn Dawns

Seems it was summer just yesterday! Or at least just last weekend….


But all good things must come to an end, and so the sun has set on another summer season. Literally. I took this series of sunset photos over the course of 15 minutes from the all-but-deserted Sheridan visitors center/rest area off I-90 last Friday evening. We'd gone there to use the free RV dump station after a weeklong camping trip in northern Montana (future post!), only to be thwarted by a new - and premature, IMO - "Dump Station Closed for the Season" sign and a winterized, waterless hose. Oh well, at least I'd thought to bring my camera since the views of the Big Horn Mountains from the visitors center seldom disappoint!

Going...

going...

gone.


But even more spectacularly than it set on the final weekday of summer, the sun rose on the first day of autumn. What an enthusiastic greeting for the new season! I took these straight-out-of-the-camera photos just 7 minutes apart. Amazing how much the sky can change in such a brief time...

06:45

06:47

06:52

That sunrise will be hard to top, but I'll give it my best from now till the winter solstice. :-) Meanwhile...
And happy spring to all you Southern Hemisphereans! :-)

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  1. Brilliant skies. You got them well.

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    1. Thank you, Indrani - all I really needed to do to capture these was point the camera in the right direction and press the right button. Mother Nature and Canon did all the heavy lifting. :-)

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  2. Wow amazing sky images. Fall does seem to be a wonderful time for photographing skies.

    Thanks for your kind words on my butterfly story post.

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    1. Thank you! I agree, the colors in Autumn's skies really pop (there's a scientific reason for that, having to do with the light spectrum at this time of year). But there never seems to be a bad time of year for photographing Wyoming's skies - they stay pretty lively all year 'round! :-)

      You're most welcome, I really enjoyed your Butterfly post and appreciate what you did for your Monarch friend! (I conducted a butterfly rescue myself once!) :-)

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    1. Thank you, VE - kisses to sweet Gwendolyn Bunny from me! :-)

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  4. One good thing in this world is that every time the Sun goes down, it always seems to pop back up just as beautiful, or even more so than it set the night before. Thank you for capturing all that ;-). xoxo

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    1. You're right - so far, at least, we can generally count on its return! :-) As for capturing some of its bedazzling arrivals and departures - my pleasure! :-)

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  5. Just gorgeous. And magical. Looking to the skies gives me never-ending delight. And awe. And wonder.

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    1. And how delightfully fortunate that they almost always come through for us! :-)

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  6. I like both the sunset and sunrise photographs that you posted this week. Skies present us with the magical light but it is folks like you who go way beyond and find those extra special skies images. Excellent job!

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    1. Thank you for your generous compliment, but honestly all I really had to do for the sunset shots was remember to bring my camera (no small feat, actually - lol) and wake up in time to capture the sunrise (my dogs help me out with that). :-) Our Wyoming skies usually furnish the rest, and my camera makes it easy-peasy to capture it all! I'm so glad you enjoyed them!

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  7. Hi! It looks like watching a beautiful nature drama. Very cool and exciting. I enjoyed your photos very much. Thanks for sharing. Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Thank you, Minoru - and that's exactly how I think of our dramatic sunrises and sunsets! I'm delighted you enjoyed these, because your photos always make my day!

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  8. Amazing series of photos -- and how dare they close the dump station before the snow starts to fall! My Skies

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    1. Thanks! And I know, right? How dare they! (Actually, snow and temps fell on Sept 13, and I have a feeling that's when and why they closed it. But given that we've since had temps in the 90's, I think it's reasonable to expect that they would have Unclosed it, at least for a while longer!)

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  9. You can't beat our wide open Wyoming skies, beautiful. Hope you had a nice trip.

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    1. Nope, they're hard to beat! I hope these will help entice you back, don't want you getting TOO comfy in sunny southern Cal! :-)

      Our trip was mostly good - we learned a lot that will make camping with Girasole easier (once we've relearned it all after forgetting it over the winter, lol), had a great visit with mom (really like her assisted living center), and enjoyed lovely weather. But the Jeep's back in the shop after making our drive home a very long hell ride.

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  10. Too bad about the dump station being closed, but it sure provided you with a great photo opportunity! That sunrise is spectacular. What a way to start autumn!

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    1. I know, the sunset redeemed it, so glad I thought to bring the Rebel! And that definitely was one of the most spectacular sunrises we've had in a while. Pam even emailed me that morning to make sure I'd seen and photographed it! :-)

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  11. I tried to catch that last bit of sunset at Grand Canyon but realized I had to shift a bit because of the irregular mountain tops. I moved about 2 paces and when I looked up the sun was gon! Thanks for visiting my blog!

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    1. I know, the colors and light of sunrises and sunsets are so fleeting sometimes! By the time I grab my camera, get to a good spot, take off the lens cap and turn it on - *poof!* more often than I'd care to admit.

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