Sunset in January

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Walking in snowshoes,

Through the quiet woods in back;

Just crispy snow sounds.

 

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Sunset at 5 p.m.  Last Wednesday.  My son, Stephen, and I went for a little snowshoe walkabout in our back woods, both of us with our 35 mm cameras in hand. For some snowshoeing fun…..for some creative photography fun…..for some fresh air…..it was a nicer temperature….the snow was still fluffy in parts, crispy in others…and white! 🙂

And as we were making our way back towards the front yard, both of us went crazy on capturing the sunset. This photo I particularly like, because of the equally colourful and layered sunset reflected in the van’s windows (as was painted in the sky). 

Yep. Did that on purpose! Haha!

 

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A few more photos from that walk:

 

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When I look at this birdhouse, there’s always the thought that at any moment a tiny bird will pop its head out to peek at me!

 

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In this one it looks as if there’s an antler coming out of its head.

So, can you see the white dog face in this image? Gazing off to the right….the two eyes and the nose….?

 

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Stephen walking up the hill….

 

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And beside where we were snowshoeing, in a few places we saw some animal tracks.  Here, some deer had passed through…..and also someone’s canine friend?

 

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And…..here I snuck one in, peeking over Stephen’s shoulder as HE was taking a photo!  🙂

 

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A high-flying sunset

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Mesmerizing sight;

From the wing of an airplane,

Just as beautiful!

 

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A couple of photos that I re-discovered from July of 2007 on a flight from Blenheim to Auckland on the first stretch of my journey back home from New Zealand to Canada.

In a small propeller plane where every passenger has a window seat – a single row of 10 seats on both sides of the plane’s cabin – I felt lucky that I had one of them facing west where I could watch this unexpected and breath-taking view.

I have seen sunsets over oceans and lakes and over hills and valleys.  A sunset with its burst of orange colour and accompanied by fluffy clouds is pretty wherever you see them.

 

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So spectacular in design….and one feels embraced in warmth.

 

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I had zoomed in a little more with my camera to see what lay beyond those clouds, and it looks like a whole other kind of world over there.

 

Sun Sparkle!

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Clouds jostling for space,

Glimpses of blue sky behind,

And then….Flash!  Sparkle!

 

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On a warm afternoon about a week ago – and it was a gorgeous view in the sky –  an abundance of white clouds, hanging out in comfortable togetherness.  The blue sky adding a bit of colour to the white.

Then the sun added its sparkle!

It felt like a kind smile shining down on me.  ❤

I took several photos….and fast!  Before the sun disappeared again….. 🙂

 

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Night-time Flight

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Sea of blue below,

The steady wing runs its tip,

Reaching toward Space.

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Looking out the window of the airplane on the overseas flight to Germany….in that time between setting sun to seeing the new day’s sun appearing on the sky’s horizon again.

A magical quiet time.

Sunset Above the Clouds

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Mesmerizing warmth;

Familiar colours, but

A new perspective.

 

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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.

 

 

 

Cloud and Sky Watching

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).

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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?

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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!

 

 

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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!

 

 

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And finally a view at around 4:45 p.m. (looking west again)….

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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!

Would you make up your mind already?

February 2nd was noteworthy.

Not only because of the fickleness of our wintry weather – I have witnessed it a few times in the past month, actually – no….but also because I decided to take some photos to record the strangeness of it.

All within a matter of  only minutes, the scenery would change….and then change again!

In the late morning of Feb. 2nd, I went out to do some errands.  Bright sunshine beating down.  Blue sky.  The sparkle of white snow in the fields and along the roadside.

As I was driving back towards home, I noticed that the sky was turning back to grey with clouds blocking out the sun.

 

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Only another kilometre and a half further……

….no more sunshine and back to that blanket of grey clouds.

And the wind joined in by blowing and swirling snow across the road….

 

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….as well as down our country road.

 

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After I parked the car and got inside, I hunkered down all nice ‘n cozy and checked for messages.

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Now within a mere ten minutes – I kid you not! – I glanced outside.  What ?!?!

I went back out to take photos of these next three views!

 

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…..the only way one can make shadows is with the aid of the sunshine, yes?

 

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It truly felt as if that grey period hadn’t happened!

 

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So, feeling all gleeful again, I went back inside.

 

Ten minutes later……

…..sigh……

 

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Yep….a few more minutes later, and everything was grey everywhere again with lots of snow falling down.  Lots of flakes.  Big flakes.

Except by that point, I stubbornly refused to go back outside and take photos.

So, you’ll just have to imagine it, okay?

 

 

Time Lapse of the Northern Lights

National Geographic Photographers have captured this beautiful phenomenon and set it in time lapse mode…..as seen in Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Canada.

 

To me the Northern Lights are Earth’s original light show…and I am always entranced and fascinated by the dancing celestial colours.

I have been lucky a couple of times over the years to get to see more modest displays of dancing celestial colours here in Ontario, Canada.  Usually, the colours were green or white; once it was a fainter red colour.  In every case, it was quite late at night – into the next morning – and always lovely to watch.

 

 

 

Winter Sunsets

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The coolness of snow,

And the blues of cloud and sky;

Softened with sunshine.

 

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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.

 

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The “V” Cloud

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Two arms reaching up,

Dark blue clouds form a letter.

Or….a flying bird?

 

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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!