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Friday, February 6, 2015

SkyWatch Friday: "Light up the Darkness"

I've been away from blogging for over a month and absent from SkyWatch Friday much longer than that. I mostly blame a lack of inspiration in both cases. Our usually flamboyant skies have just been "meh" for much of the winter, with no pretty sunsets, dramatic storms, or interesting clouds. And while I can almost always count on our sunrises, this one from Jan 22 was the only one that motivated me to grab my mothballed camera...


Pretty, but compared to our typical sunrises not deemed worthy of a SkyWatch post!

But when I got up this morning and looked outside, I finally saw potential. Lots of great clouds and some golden light on the horizon. If more colors appeared, we'd be in business!

But for a long time, the sky and clouds just kept turning yellow. Till finally… 


Not bad, but still short of its potential (I expect a lot from our skies, don't I?) :-) But at last, it lived up to its promise...


I took this one a little over a minute later, just before the colors began to fade...


It was a sunrise that took Bob Marley's advice on what would have been his 70th birthday:


And it was a sky finally worthy of SkyWatch Friday!


43 comments:

  1. Such a wonderful photo series. I love the colors and the light!

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    1. Thank you, Nora! I was sure happy to see those colors appear! Like a box of cosmic crayons at work. :-)

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  2. A burning sky in the morning! Wonderful photos!

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    1. A burning sky indeed! It developed into a beautiful day, too - 71º and sunny! It's still very warm out but a lot of clouds have moved in - is it greedy of me to hope for an equally beautiful sunset to end the day? :-)

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  3. Welcome back. And ooh and ahh.
    Of course you want a sunset to match - who wouldn't?

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    1. Thanks! My blogging muse seems to take a lot of sabbaticals. lol (My sorting/organizing/culling muse, reading muse, and go-for-long-walks-when-it's-nice muses, however, have been diligent about showing up to work each day!) :-)

      As for our sunset last evening, it didn't rival our sunrise but we did get an area of beautiful orangey-pink clouds in the directions of the mountains for a bit!

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  4. Truly a beautiful sunrise, and welcome back!!

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    1. Thank you very much - on both counts! :-)

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    1. Thanks, Christinchen, I'm glad you enjoyed it!

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  6. definitely an inspiring sky worth waiting for.

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    1. I thought so too, Thomas, and hope it signals the return of our frequent beautiful sunrises.

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  7. The sky was just taking a winter nap. It seems to have awoken spectacularly.

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    1. Yes, "a long winter's nap!" Looks like that nap was refreshing, because we not only got the spectacular wake-up sunrise, but have had some pretty (though not AS pretty) ones since, and even a lovely sunset or two!

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  8. Gorgeous! I would be thrilled to see any of them outside my window. :D

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    1. Oh, it is a thrill - even the ones I'm jaded about. I may not photograph or blog them, but I do enjoy seeing them! :-) (Btw, I tweeted a photo of this sunrise and sent it to a Twitter account I followed called "USA Sunrise," which, as the name implies, solicits sunrise photos from around the country to retweet. So I sent them one of these, and all they did was favorite it, while re-tweeting far less colorful sunrises than this one! Talk about jaded! Pfffft to them, I say!)

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  9. That sky was worth waiting for!

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  10. That second one looks like a painting! Thank you for sharing that Bob Marley quote. Remember our animal eating conversation we had recently? Looking back into it has woken up a lot of feelings I kept quiet and made me so sad and feel so hopeless... that quote is perfect for right now!

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    1. So many of our sunrises do look like paintings! Some pastels or watercolors, others (like this one) like oil paintings.

      Oh yes, I remember our conversation! And I know exactly what you mean when you describe the effect it had on feelings we often bury. I'm not sure that's a bad thing (waking, acknowledging, & processing them from time to time, I mean). It seems that every time that happens, it doesn't take long before something inspiring or uplifting crosses my path, restoring my hope and reigniting my sense of purpose. I'm glad if my well-timed Bob Marley quote helped do that for you! Sending you lots of love (and an email soon, I owe you one!) :-) xoxoxo

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  11. That's a good lookin' sky! Welcome back to blog world - it's been two months for me, yikes!

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    1. Thanks! And my goodness, what a perilous and change-filled two months it was for you! "Yikes" is an understatement!

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  12. My gosh, this is breathtaking! I was already blown away by the first one, ha :) Truly gorgeous. Will check out all the other SkyWatch posts!

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    1. Thanks, Kie, I'm glad you enjoyed them (even the sub-par first one, lol). I hope you'll enjoy the other SkyWatch posts just as much. Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  13. How beautiful!! Nice tribute to Bob, too. ;-) xoxo

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  14. Hi! Laloofah. How dramtis your photos are! It's very nice you can see the horizon when the sun would rise.
    BTW, receiving your warm-heartedly comment. I would feel very happy. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Hi, Minoru! I agree, it's nice to be able to see the horizon as the sun rises (or sets) - so many of the deepest, richest colors appear there. I'm glad my comment on your blog made you happy - your lovely photos of the fishes, sea turtle and corals did the same for me! :-) That really looked like a fun and interesting excursion - as so many of your excursions do!

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  15. Beautiful skies and Bob Marley -- wonderful combination --- barbara

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! (I'm way behind on my blogging and blog visits, sorry I haven't stopped by in a while and hope to remedy that soon! Hope you're getting settled in nicely and enjoying your new digs!)

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  16. Hoping that all is well with you. Missing your posts. But, we all need a break now and then.

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    1. Thank you, VioletSky… I just lost interest in blogging for a while, then we had a very tough March & April. We lost our 13-year old dog Tess to sudden & very fast cancer on Mar 22, and just 2 weeks later our oldest dog Willow (15) was diagnosed with canine oral melanoma! Fortunately, we caught it very early - despite not realizing that oral melanoma is pretty common in dogs - so it was confined to the tiny bump in her mouth and was successfully, completely removed by surgery. But in all the surgery lab & X-ray prep, it appeared she had a collapsed lung (she didn't) and cardiac issues (she doesn't) and very early hypothyroidism (which she's now being treated for).

      And now we're getting our house ready to put on the market (and try to sell ourselves), hopefully later this month, with plans to move to the Puget Sound area. I've also been in a federal jury pool since Jan 1 and have been called down to Casper once already (was rejected, thankfully), and that doesn't expire till the end of June! And am getting ready for a big garage sale in less than 2 weeks. So… plenty to blog about, just no heart/time/energy to do it! But I consider it a sabbatical, not a finale. :-)

      Thank you so much for your comment and concern! I hope all's well with you, too! xoxo

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    2. I am so very sorry. They wind their paws deep into our heart strings and take a piece of us with them when they leave. Heart felt hugs.

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    3. Thank you, Sue - it was very hard (it always is), and it still seems impossible she's gone. Sorry I've been out of touch, been needing to bow out of the blogosphere for the most part, at least for a while. One of these days I'll try to do a memorial page for Tess, but can't just yet. Thanks again for your sweet words and hug! Hope all is well with you and the SP!

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  17. Hi,Laloofah.
    Thanks for your comment. I hope you will start your blog in near future.

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    1. Hi, Minoru - thank you. I have plenty to blog about, but no time and no real desire these days to resume! Maybe later… too busy right now getting settled into our new home in Washington State (I can wave across the Pacific to you now!), taking care of repairs, maintenance, landscaping, hoping to do a lot of remodeling as money allows, and exploring our new area with all there is to see and do here!

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  18. I'm sorry for your loss and for your troubles. Here's hoping good things for you.

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    1. Thanks, veganelder - it was a very tough spring and a challenging summer, and the challenges continue unabated - but we are sure happy to be in the Olympic Peninsula now!

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  19. Beautiful skies! It'll be fun to see some sky pics from the pennisula!

    Are you doing MoFo this year?

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    1. We'll see! :-) Not for lack of gorgeous scenery to photograph, but lack of time and energy to do so. No plans to blog in the near future, we have our hands more than full right now with this place (and Josie has a wicked infection in her bad leg that we and our new vet are trying to clear up!) Anyway, no - no plans to do MoFo!! You?

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  20. Laloofah -- I insist that you continue on with your fine posts -- I miss reading them. My experience with blogging is it runs like peaks and valleys, There are dry spells and then there are times there is a profusion of things to write about. I myself take little mini vacations from my blog ever so often -- gives me a chance to assemble myself and return to my blog with some new energy. Do hope to read about your new adventure of moving to Puget Sound. I think you have a great opportunity to have folks follow you through your entire move -- all the ups and downs it involves. Hope to be reading you in the future!!!! -- barbara

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    1. Hey, Barbara - thanks for your kind words and encouragement! I've sure had no shortage of things to blog about (and photos galore!), but the Blogging Bug just hasn't been biting me, and it's been really hard to find the time or focus. We have so much going on every day! Lots of work on the new property and house, our old dogs have had some health issues, and we've had such glorious weather since moving here that we've spent every possible minute of it outside! Been doing some fun exploring as we've been able, too. Anyway, I'll often think "I should blog this" and then look at my blog with its old winter background and header and instantly feel overwhelmed and unmotivated! And I've done little to no blog visiting, either, not even for Vegan MoFo last month. Bad me!!

      Maybe when winter weather hits I'll get back into it, will see how our indoor projects go! But meanwhile, you did at least inspire me to change my Weather Underground widget from Sheridan to Port Ludlow this morning! :-)

      Great to hear from you - hope you're enjoying living in this part of the world as much as we are! Thanks again for stopping by and for your comment!

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