Posted tagged ‘Skywatch Friday’

blue skies over Washington ~ Skywatch Friday

September 21, 2018

I was in Seattle for a week, and it rained most of the time. (Everyone was grateful for the rain since it had been “dry” up there for so long. I guess my arrival brought the change in the weather.) I think it was Sunday when we had driven to my sister-in-law’s ranchette near Duvall to see her cattle and tiny house (rented as an overnight for guests). And while we there, the gray clouds scattered and left this impressive scene, looking east. That’s part of the ranchette in the foreground.

My wife is still up there and won’t return until next week, so I’m on pet sitting duty.

On one of my past visits to Seattle I managed to write an entire story (first draft) that eventually was published. I was hoping to do the same on this visit, but that didn’t happen. I tinkered with a couple of existing stories, and I made some notes for a new story (a fantasy piece involving a leprechaun, believe it or not), but that’s it.


before the rain ~ Skywatch Friday

September 7, 2018

A hot day turned cool early this week as a continuous string of rainy days arrived. We took the dogs to the park to walk around the lake and get their exercise. To the west dark clouds were massing, but the above is what we saw to the north during our walk.

Not long after we were in the truck and driving home, the sprinkles started, followed soon by heavy rain that’s only stopped intermittently all week. While this has interfered with my bike riding, it has gotten me in the proper frame of mind for traveling to Seattle in a couple of weeks.

heralds ~ Skywatch Friday

August 17, 2018

I took this photo (through a double-paned window) on Tuesday of this week, about mid-morning, looking west. These massing clouds were heralds of an afternoon rain that we sorely needed. And they seemed to be the first wave of rain storms or overcast days that came to us daily through the rest of the week (including during my bike ride, forcing me to shelter under a park pavilion along with forty or so female high school tennis players) and are forecasted into the weekend.

Skywatch Friday ~ blue green

June 14, 2018

While I was in New York for five days, the dogs were at “camp” and they’re always glad to come home afterward. I’m trying to get them back to their normal, but even though they’re in their familiar house with the familiar beds (and smells), I’m off at the office all day, so they’re home with only each other (and the four birds and the constantly changing parade of fish).

So yesterday, even though it was 93 degrees F (“F” is for Fahrenheit, though I could think of another word), I took them to the park we often visit for a trip around the lake. We only made it about a third of the way before the littler dog, Queequeg, was in obvious distress. So we turned around, did a little cross country, and then got back in the Prolechariot to head home to air conditioning and copious water.

On the quick hike back to the truck, I snapped the photo above. I liked the contrast of the blue sky and the green trees.

Skywatch Friday ~ this is not a snake

December 15, 2017

What you see above is not an albino water snake making its way across the lake in my Ozark woods. Rather, it is the reflection of a jet contrail on the rippling water.

I noted once before that this is an image that our ancestors of only about two generations ago would never had seen in their sky (or reflected in a lake). It’s a Twentieth Century phenomenon. To my understanding, they are much like when you can see your breath on cold days. And as far as I can tell, they are not part of some mind-control conspiracy, but I’ll leave that to you to decide for yourself.

sunrise ~ Skywatch Friday

October 6, 2017

For years on my old blog, Roundrock Journal, I had participated regularly in Skywatch Friday. Bloggers would post a photo of the sky, and sometimes say something about it, and then link the post to an aggregator at Skywatch Friday. It was/is a way to reach out to new readers and to see some impressive examples of photography from around the world (though under the sun).

I could rarely put up a photo that was a match to some of the beauty that the regulars there did, but I’d always felt welcomed and encouraged.

And so here is a picture of the sky, looking east, from the parking lot of my local bagel shop. I expect to be in that same location tomorrow morning, possibly even having run there, though I don’t know what kind of sky I’ll see then.