Sky-filled darkened clouds create dramatic expectation!
On my walk last week.
Fascinating how looking to the west at one point sets the mood for something….that pause in the air. What might happen!
And then 10 minutes further down the road. I look toward the east, and it’s an entirely different light and mood.
Familiar colours, but
A new perspective.
Had you wondering about the title, right? Sunset ABOVE the clouds? How is that possible?
Note: In lieu of ocean waves or bumpy terrain at the bottom of this scenery, it’s an endless expanse of cumulus clouds. And you can see part of the outer casing of the propeller plane’s turbine engine as well to give it away that you are seeing this gorgeous sunset view….not from the ground but up much higher.
And the sight of the setting sun’s golden colours is just as spectacular from up there!
I was so spellbound by this view…..on my return flight back from Blenheim (South Island) to Auckland (North Island), New Zealand in July of 2007.
So fascinating how in one day, one can look up at the sky and see such diversity in cloud formations as well as the colour of the sky!
These three photos were taken at just a few hours apart, when I was out visiting a friend yesterday – the first two being also within a few kilometres of each other, and the last one near another town (some 30 kms away).
What caught my eye – when I was looking facing east around 1:15 p.m.- was the two-tone blue colouring of the sky. I don’t recall ever seeing one part of the sky being a pale blue and the other such a deeply, rich blue. It looks as if the atmosphere closer to the earth is reflecting that lighter shade of blue. And looking up into the higher atmospheric levels, the blue becomes darker in hue. Usually, when looking at the sky, it tends to be one shade all across. Unusual, don’t you think?
I snapped this next photo – around 3:30 p.m. (facing west) – because this cloud looked so MASSIVE and had such interesting features to it. Tufts here, splays there, some in-curling to be seen at the bottom. It was only when I looked at it again just now that my imagination kicked in and I spied a sea creature in it. Mind you, it’s many, many times larger than in real life! Haha!
Do you see a crab? Upright? With its two claws on either side at the top and its many small feet at the bottom end?
A crab cloud!
And finally a view at around 4:45 p.m. (looking west again)….
The sky is fairly clear of clouds outside of the one solid wall of cloud on the right, and it’s nestled right down to the horizon level. Here the sun is still able to peek along the top. And it’s back to the one unified shade of blue for the sky.
Once again a spectacular sky show!
The coolness of snow,
And the blues of cloud and sky;
Softened with sunshine.
I took both of these wintry sunset photos about three days apart. One can sky-gaze every day and never see the same view twice.
Nature’s endlessly tantalizing and fun show!
It feels good to see the blanket of snow everywhere – things are getting a good rest.
Two arms reaching up,
Dark blue clouds form a letter.
Or….a flying bird?
This photo would actually be a continuation from the one I posted on Nov. 16th that showed that vibrant sunset image (find it here ). Do you remember it?
In my post I had mentioned that “later on the clouds modified their shape a bit and turned into blue tones before fading completely away.”
As I noticed how the clouds and sky were changing in design and colour from those first vibrantly red ones, I took some more photos, mostly because of the dramatic change from one to the other.
Just now as I was looking at the photos again, the letter “V” seemed so pronounced in the cloud formation, and I thought I’d have some fun with it. Get our imaginations going!
The theme for this week’s photography assignment was “Song Titles.” It’s a fun exercise in that it encourages to look at photos from a different and newly imaginative angle.
The following four were my submissions:
Song – “You’ve Got a Friend in Me” (by Randy Newman)
Song – “Downtown” (sung by Petula Clark)
Song – “Sunrise, Sunset” (from Fiddler on the Roof)
Song – “The Rose” (sung by Bette Midler)
Blazing bursts of red
Dazzle, and tall tree branches
Stretch their ballet arms.
Sunset yesterday evening – around 4:40 p.m. about 7 minutes drive from my home.
My Gosh, but I couldn’t keep my eyes off of the brilliant splashes of colour in the sky.
Yes, yes….I stopped the car to gaze in wonder and awe.
As the sunset progressed, later on the clouds modified their shape a bit and turned into blue tones before fading completely away.
As one of my friends – Anahita – just commented to me, “it’s almost like the sun wanted his glory before the super moon got hers.”
Could be, eh?