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Friday, July 22, 2011

SkyWatch Friday: Breezy Sunset

We routinely get spectacular sunrises, but perhaps because we're perched on the eastern slope of the mountains, such sunsets are uncommon. Tuesday night's post-thunderstorm skies were an exceptional exception, though, and a no-brainer for this week's SkyWatch Friday submission! I took these from our front porch as we enjoyed the brilliantly blazing sky until dark...

I just kept taking photos as the sky kept changing colors...

A fresh, deliciously cool mountain breeze was making the grasses dance with such exuberance, even the sport setting on my camera couldn't make them hold still :-) ...

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  1. Absolutely stunning! How wonderful you can sit on your
    front porch and watch such beautiful sunsets. I think I see some of those UFO cloud covers in there too maybe. :)

    The winds in the grass photo is really lovely. I can almost feel the cool evening breeze just looking at it.

  2. These are absolutely gorgeous! Brilliant images.

  3. I followed you home to be met with amazing photos. Thanks. Sunrise and sunset are both special times.

  4. Gorgeous! Like you, we get a lot of beautiful sunrises because of the lake, but rarely get many sunsets that are spectacular. I'm hoping to see some soon, though! ;)

  5. Benita ~ Thank you, I think your photo is seriously amazing! Sure are some gorgeous skies in Finland.

    Rose ~ Thanks, Rose! It's not often we get to enjoy sunsets from the front porch, but we sure did that night. (And it's nice that we don't have mosquitos to contend with up here!) Usually we're on the back deck instead, oohing and ahhing (and snapping away, in my case!) over the sunrises.

    I thought of you this afternoon when we had some flying saucer clouds off to the south, but they were oddly shaped (like flying saucers that had been in some serious fender-benders! lol). One was shaped very much like a heart laying on its side, but it changed shape too quickly for me to get a photo. I'll be keeping my beady eyes peeled, though, and will get you a local flying saucer picture one of these days!

    I took several of those grass photos that night, but they all came out blurry, so I chose the one that had the prettiest sky colors. I'm glad you like it! That breeze was wonderful, wish I could share it with everyone who's sweltering right now.

    Barbara ~ Thank you! I have taken so many sunrise and sunset photos in the 19 years we've lived here it's ridiculous, but there was no way I could resist taking more of Tuesday evening's amazing sky.

  6. The Elephant's Child ~ Your blog's name has me intrigued, is there a story behind it? I'm glad you followed me home! Bit of a long journey, all the way from Oz. :-) Isn't the internet wonderful? I'm glad you like my photos, and I agree that those "between times" of dawn and dusk are very special.

    By the way, you and I have quite a bit in common, and I look forward to exploring more of your lovely blog.

    Molly ~ I'm sure you will! :-) That's coming up soon, isn't it? Hope you have fun, and I'll be eager to hear what you think of "Albuquack." :-) Can't wait to see your photos, too!

    Daphne ~ We thought so too! In fact, when I met Robyn for lunch at Tumbleweed the next day, one of the owners, Anna, said to me, "Did you see that amazing sky last night?" And I said, "I not only saw it, I took photos of it and I have my camera with me if you want to see some of them!" (I had my camera with me so I could photograph Robyn's VW for my Yellow post!) When she saw them, she mentioned that the hole in the orangey-pink clouds with the blue showing through was what mostly amazed her.

    How is Sasha doing?

  7. Laloofah -- spectacular skies! Like the weeds dancing -- gives a nice depth of field to the sky -- barbara

  8. I'm not sure it is a wise move away from such beauty. :-)

  9. Wonderful series.. i love nr 3. Dream shot!
    Happy weekend to you

  10. Just love those fiery skies!..... thanks for sharing the view from your porch!.......:)

  11. Barbara (KY) ~ Thanks! I asked BW what kind of grass that is, he used to know all the grasses from his Texas A&M ag edu-ma-cation, but he said that while he should know, it's been too long and he can't remember. Oh noooo! We're getting old! LOL The only thing about that photo that disappointed me (besides, to a small degree, the blurriness) was that the sky's colors didn't show up as deep and vivid as they were in reality. Focusing on the dark foreground lightened up the background, I guess. But I agree with you that it's a nice photo nevertheless, and I'm glad you like it!

    veganelder ~ No doubt about it, the beauty of this place will be hard to leave. But I console myself by thinking these things:
    There is beauty to be found nearly everywhere, and we don't intend to leave this place and go somewhere that's devoid of beauty, though it may be an entirely different kind of beauty;
    We won't miss the downsides of living here (mainly the oversized (for us) house and property and the maintenance they require, and BW's commute);
    Someone else, who will also appreciate its beauty, should have a turn at living in such a place while we pursue new dreams;
    and finally, there seems little chance we'll be going anywhere anytime soon. The housing market is just too grim. So for the foreseeable future, photos from our mountain aerie will keep coming your way. :-)

    Spiderdama ~ Thanks for stopping by! My husband wanted me to use that third photo as my thumbnail, but I didn't listen, and for once (lol), I should have! :-) I'm glad you like it!

    I'm stunned and saddened by the tragedy your country is dealing with, and despair at all the insane violence in the world, against human and non-human beings alike and the planet that is home to all of us. I don't understand it, nor know how to stop it, but I take solace in things like the many beautiful photos shared on blogs and websites like SkyWatch, and in the warm and friendly people, many of whom strive for a peaceful, compassionate world, that I get to know through the internet. I hope the days to come bring peace and healing to Norway.

    Andy ~ Thank you! There were a lot of really beautiful sunset shots in this week's SkyWatch, and I'm glad you enjoyed mine. My pleasure to share these front porch views! I sure am enjoying the wonderful views on your blog!

  12. Gorgeous!!! I especially love the shot with the grasses. :)
    Wishing you & yours a great weekend,

  13. Zuzu ~ Thank you! Guess I really should have used that photo for my SkyWatch page thumbnail, it's definitely the crowd favorite!

    Enjoy your Sunday, say howdy to your strawberry-swiping chipmunk friend for me, and thanks for stopping by! :-)

  14. Wow, how'd I miss this post?! Beautiful sky!

    And I checked out a few other Thursday yellow features and I still like yours the most. :)

  15. Eva ~ You probably missed it because it's shorter than most. Just 3 photos instead of 30. LOL I'm glad you found it!

    Awww... thank you! That's very sweet of you. And now I think of you whenever I see fun yellow things! :-)

  16. I'm glad I got to your blog before the last post I had viewed fell off the list - but I have a lot of catching up to do.

    I like the new comment format. That way I can see the post and my comments at the same time. Sometimes, there's so much to see I like to refer back to the post several times while I'm writing. A nice improvement!

    I love these photos. I hadn't realized until you told me last week that you don't very many spectacular sunsets. I remember the awesome sunrises and figured I just happened to miss the sunsets.

    My favorite photo was the one with the dancing grasses. That was so pretty and a great composition.

  17. Jo ~ I'm glad you did too! :-)

    Thanks for your feedback on the new comment arrangement - I like that same feature too, and have decided to stick with the popup window. So far having the word verification off hasn't created any problems, so I'm sticking with that for now too.

    I remember your getting up early to enjoy our sunrises during your visits! But no, you likely didn't miss any spectacular sunsets. We might get three camera-worthy ones a year, but this one was a doozy! Thanks for telling me which photo was your favorite, I always enjoy finding out. So far the one of the grasses is the unanimous favorite. There's just something about a silhouette against a colorful sky!


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