My life has a superb cast but I can't figure out the plot.
~ Ashleigh Brilliant


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!


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SOME CURRENT & RECENT READING...

SOME CURRENT & RECENT READING...

  • INFERNO ~ Dan Brown
  • MIDNIGHT IN THE GARDEN OF GOOD & EVIL ~ John Berendt
  • MY NOTORIOUS LIFE: A NOVEL ~ Kate Manning
  • ONE SUMMER: AMERICA, 1927 ~ Bill Bryson
  • QUIET: THE POWER OF INTROVERTS IN A WORLD THAT CAN'T STOP TALKING ~ Susan Cain
  • THE BEAUTIFUL CIGAR GIRL ~ Daniel Stashower
  • THE DEVIL IN THE WHITE CITY ~ Erik Larson
  • THE SHADOWS, KITH AND KIN ~ Joe R. Lansdale
  • THE TIPPING POINT ~ Malcolm Gladwell
There is still strong in our society the belief
that animals and the natural world have value
only insofar as they can be converted into revenue.
That nature is a commodity.
And that the American dream is one of unlimited consumption.
There are many of us, on the other hand,
who believe that animals and the natural world
have value by virtue of being alive.
That Nature is a community to which we belong
and to which we owe our lives.
And that the deeper American dream is one of unlimited compassion.

~John Robbins, "The Food Revolution"