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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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!

Rising Sun Tree

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Sunrise and sun rays;

A golden orb suspended

In the tree’s embrace.

 

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Got up early this morning.  Looked out the window.  No more of yesterday’s fog.

Instead, I was greeted by the promise of a cheerful and pretty sunrise!

I opened the window.  There was the sound of birds chirping – yay!

And the rising sun played peek-a-boo with me amongst the tree branches.

 

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?

 

 

“Photographer’s Choice”

With busy Christmas time happening, I just now squeaked in to submit four photos for this week’s photography assignment, entitled “Photographer’s Choice.”  It’s a nice change.  A bit like picking a flower bouquet…..an open-ended mix.

The following were my submissions:

Photographer’s Choice #1 – Archived, Feb. 2014 – Walking towards the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau (formerly known as the Canadian Museum of Civilization in what was formerly Hull).
This street seems to have this lonesome feel to it; I just like the afternoon sun’s shine on the street.

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Photographer’s Choice #2 – Archived, Nov. 2015 – Well, music is an important part of my life, and it seems that when I plunged back into playing music at a later age of my life, I also made up for my younger years by going to more rock concerts than I did back then.
You can imagine my excitement, when a girlfriend wrote to me and said that she had two tickets to see Santana!! I had missed seeing him the previous year, when he had come to Ottawa to perform at Bluesfest…..so I was bound and determined not to miss this second opportunity.
Yep…we were willing to drive two hours to Kingston, Ontario, in order to see one of his last concerts on this most recent tour.
He and his renowned band delivered to the audience with incredible energy, lots of enthusiasm, great verve….and included a song as a little tribute to Prince (who had just passed away a few days before).
We all were such a happy, pumped, appreciative audience!

I picked this photo from the bunch that I took, because you can see Carlos Santana as he is…..with his larger image behind him…..with the warm yellow lights shining brightly and casting that same warm yellow glow on all the heads in front of me.

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Photographer’s Choice #3 – Archived, July 2007 – This time I’m picking one from another area of huge interest to me…..travelling. For this one I picked a photo of a smaller Air New Zealand jet that was going to fly from Auckland Airport on the North Island to Blenheim Airport on the South Island, which included seeing some picturesque views of the water between the two islands and some snow-covered mountains on the South Island.

In this photo all of the passengers have boarded, and the flight crew of two (pilot captain and navigator) are getting us ready for take off.
To note that we are ONLY 16 passengers on this plane! There are eight single seats on both sides of the plane. I was in the fifth row. Outside of once being a passenger in a four-seater Cessna, this was the smallest jet plane I’d ever flown in. SO COOL!!
And it was a double propeller plane…..quite noisy. Haha!

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Photographer’s Choice #4 – Archived, July 2007 – On a hike in the Nelson Lakes National Park on the South Island, New Zealand,
I spotted these two black swans foraging and swimming together in the lake that my friends and I passed as we headed for the Brunner Peninsula Nature Walk.

These two seemed to be in their own little world…..and I thought of how swans mate for life What a lovely intimate moment!

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NOTE:  Some of you may remember this swan photo from my Nov. 30th post – you can see it here –  in which I had written a haiku along with this photo.  It’s one of my favourites; hence, why I included it again in this assignment.

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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Storm Clouds

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I don’t know about you, but this kind of scene always catches my eye.

There is this dramatic feeling.  Created simply by the timing of dark stormy clouds passing over, immediately followed by the bright afternoon sun shining through!

The sky in the background looks like it’s been painted – so dark and ominous-looking; all one cloud cover.  And everything in the foreground is brightly lit up by the sun.  Such a contrast. All the objects seem to jump out more.

I happened to exit off of the highway this past Tuesday when I reached the town of Arnprior, feeling relief that the rainstorm had passed me by, and I was struck by this dramatic-looking scene.  Just the usual main street and traffic lights, but with the dark clouds in the back and the sun shining just so, it looks different from most other days.

 

 

Sky and Earth Dance

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Dancing sun fingers,

Filtering through the thick clouds,

Lightly touch the earth.

 

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Driving along one of the country roads not far from my home two days ago, late afternoon, and I glanced to the left and saw these pretty sun rays.  I especially love it when the “fingers” of the sun rays are distinctly visible.  And then I have to spend a moment and take in this light show.

These days the sky always seems so much bigger and so vast than when I was younger, and you’d think I would have felt the vastness even more when I was smaller.  Every day I spend some time looking at the sky….and the clouds…..and the colours…..and the endless, always changing beauty in it.

 

 

 

Sun Rays

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With the setting sun,

Creating cloud silhouettes;

And rays fanning out.

 

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Two of my sons and I had scooted into the city yesterday evening to pick something up, and on our way home, we could see this sunset happening.  And we were all admiring the way the sun rays were highlighting the edges of the clouds – creating a silhouette effect -along with the blue, purple, and pink colours.

It is fascinating to see how the sun’s fading rays fan out perfectly and quite visibly….behind those clouds.  That’s quite a unique “show.”

 

 

 

 

Rainbow and Cloud Watching

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Last Tuesday there’d been a large grey cloud in the sky, followed by a good amount of rainfall.  Then the sun came out again, which always encourages the appearance of a rainbow!

First I saw the left arc of the rainbow and, then further along, I saw the right arc of the same rainbow…

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The rainbow lasted for a good length of time and looked colourfully vivid.

 

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Then I realized that I had forgotten something and had to turn back.  Good thing, too, as then I noticed the striking cloud formations on the left – so much detail! – I can see trees and animals all in that one cluster.  And if I look again, the image transforms into something else.  The dramatic effect of the sunlight and the different shades of dark and light blue….

 

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I always love the perspective of seeing the size of cars and trucks, and actual trees, along the road in contrast to the vastness of the sky.

In this next photo, the clouds look so big!  As if they could crush those “little” trees and that hydro tower.

What swooping, flying creatures are these?  With fluffy lightness on top and for their snouts?

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P.S.  Quite some time ago, as AJ and I talked about the clouds he posted and how we were both keen cloud watchers, at his request I promised him some cloud photos from around my home.

I am sorry for such a delay in having some photos to show you, AJ7alok .