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Friday, November 14, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Before the Skies of November Turned Gloomy

Around here November's been a month of contrasts. It began with days bookended by colorful sunrises and sunsets with sunny shirt-sleeve weather in between ~ more reminiscent of mid-September than of November. Then it suddenly morphed into a January-like monster, with a bitter, snowy week of leaden skies, single digit highs, subzero lows, and wind chills too nasty to mention on a family-friendly blog. 

Since much of this week was spent finishing my fall cleaning, curled up in front of the fireplace watching Netflix or reading, and trying out new (and delicious!) curry, mushroom soupchili, and muffin recipes rather than risking frost bite to photograph a lot of nothing, I'm sharing some of those colorful sunrise and sunset photos I took during the balmy first week of this month but didn't have time to post last Friday. And with no time today to do anything other than slightly crop a couple of them and reduce their file sizes, these are SOOC. Enjoy! 

Sunrise, Nov 1
The early morning clouds didn't linger, but provided a dramatic dawn sky

Sunrise, Nov 2
The dawn sky looked none too happy about Daylight Saving Time ending

We get fewer dramatic sunsets here than we do sunrises, but when we do get one it's a doozy. This series of photos, taken from our front porch and posted here in the order in which I took them, occurred over just a two-minute period…

Sunset, Nov 6...




And finishing up the week with another sunrise, this one taken with our iPad…

Sunrise, Nov 8

Wishing you a week of beautiful skies wherever you are

26 comments:

  1. We got spoiled with such a lovely fall this year. This week has been a reminder that winter is coming all to soon. We did have some very nice skies to watch.

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    1. Oh, we definitely got spoiled. And soft. I've been a total pansy-ass about going out into these temps! But dang, a little acclimation time would have been nice, huh?!

      We really did have a week or so of some gorgeous skies!

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed them! They were a gorgeous sight, every one of them. Wish they would last a bit longer than they do.

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  3. How very, very beautiful.
    Over here it is our sunrises which are the muted beauties - the skies are much more likely to blaze in the evening.
    Whatever end of the day - it is magic.

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    1. It makes sense since we're on opposite sides of the planet and in opposite seasons that the character of our sunrises and sunsets would be flipped as well! :-) I agree, in both places and at both ends of the day, skies like these are magical! We're sure lucky to get to enjoy so many (and you get the über-colorful birds as a bonus!) :-)

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    1. Thanks, Furry Gnome! (Bet all the gnomes in our neck of the woods wish they were furry these days!) :-)

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  5. What a great collection of sky shots!! I really like your "two minute" series. I'm always amazed at how quickly the sky can change.

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    1. Thank you, SP&P! I'm happy you enjoyed them, and I share your amazement at how quickly the sky can bloom into extraordinary color or interesting cloud shapes - and just as quickly turn unremarkable, as if all that amazingness never happened! Thank goodness for cameras, blogs, and SkyWatch to prove it did. :-)

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    1. I thought so too, Mother Nature has quite the palette at her disposal, and she's not afraid to use it! :-)

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  7. So colorful! seeing these scenes brings out the so much younger side of me of being carefree! so inspiring! :)

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    1. I'm glad to hear our skies inspired such delightful feelings!

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  8. Almost as good as being there. Thank you.

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    1. Oh yes, sitting here enjoying a cup of tea and vegan pumpkin cranberry bread with us would have definitely been superior, but we're grateful for what we have. :-) Thanks, VE!

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  9. It's refreshing to see colorful skies! We've mostly had dull, grey days here lately. It's left me yearning for some sunshine and color! The iPad and iPhone really take some nice photos. Amazing how far that technology has come!

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    1. Then I'm glad I was able to gather these lovely skies for you (and us!) to enjoy during these drab times. Today is grey and VERY windy, with lots of blowing snow - supposed to be sunny and back in the 40s this week, though, so maybe I'll get a fresh batch of pretty skies to share with you. Better yet, I hope the nicer weather heads your way too, so you can enjoy your own "locally grown" sunshine and colorful skies! :-) (And I agree about the amazing photos that iPhones and iPads take!)

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  10. Magnificent sunrise and sunset shots. Now that we are into the dry season in Florida most mornings just turn on the light without such an opening ceremony. By the way, I really get confused with the change from daylight time-- the sunrise is earlier by an hour even though we set the clocks back. Thanks for posting on my blog and best wishes!

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    1. Thank you, Kenneth! I love your use of "opening ceremony" to describe a flamboyant sunrise. :-) And thank you also for pointing out my daylight saving change error! I fixed my caption - though of course I know that the sun appears over the horizon with the same timing it always does, it's our insistence on measuring the day with clocks that befuddles! :-)

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    2. Thank you, and thanks for stopping by!

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  11. Wow... that first photo is really impressive! The sunsets here seem to be trying to outdo themselves every single day with one more beautiful than the previous one. I hope you have a lovely weekend!

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    1. Thanks, Eva!

      Have you been getting photos of your magnificently competitive sunsets to share? :-)

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  12. Those are some good lookin' skies! Especially the first one. Love those colors (and I LOVE coconut curry - been making lots of baked tempeh with it lately. Yum!) :)

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    1. Hey, Jill! I love the colors, and the interplay of light and dark, in so many of our sunrises, though I sometimes struggle to capture them. Glad you enjoyed these!

      I've got a "new" (to us) chana masala recipe we're itching to try, might even defy the pilgrims and make it for Thanksgiving. :-) We love tempeh, but I hadn't thought to add it to a curry dish - that sounds good!

      Hope you are doing well, I am way overdue on a visit to your beautiful blog!

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