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at dawn, we ride ~ Skywatch Friday

September 11, 2020

I like to do my long rides very early in the morning, in large part because there are fewer people on the trail and I can zip along without hazard. This has meant in the summer months, starting before dawn and relying on a light to show me the trail ahead of me. But after an hour, the sun begins creeping over the horizon and I get to see images like the one above.

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blue and white ~ Skywatch Friday

March 13, 2020

This was the sky over my little lake in west central Missouri on Sunday. My wife and I visited the cabin on a day with wonderful weather and got some chores done.

I was on the dam when I took this shot, looking west. The sky looked much like this the entire date, though rain followed several times in the week following.

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big blue ~ Skywatch Friday

January 3, 2020

New Year’s Day, 2020. The temperature reached 57 degrees on this first day of the year so, after some chores (including a nap), we took the dogs for a walk at Southlake Park and the .4 mile paved path around the lake.

There were hundreds of Canada geese in the lake, but I suspect they’re just passing through. Several children asked to pet our dogs, who obliged them patiently.

The wind was fierce on the dam, but the Pokemon catching was good (so my wife tells me). It was a worthy way to spend the first afternoon of the new year.

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Ozark Autumn – Skywatch Friday

November 1, 2019

Back when the temperatures around here were still moderate, I enjoyed a day at my cabin in the Missouri Ozarks. One thing I do regularly this time of year is rake leaves away from the base of the cabin. Not only does that create a (temporary) fire break, but it removes the cover burrowing animals would otherwise have, and it removes generally wet leaves from the wooden logs of the cabin walls, reducing mildew. And since I just re-stained the cabin a few weeks ago, I’m all about keeping it up.

I had paused in my raking to look at the unbroken vault of blue in the sky above. You see the corner of the cabin roof, the cluster of oak trees about to drop more leaves, and the autumn blue sky beyond. I read somewhere that the skies are bluer this time of year because there is less humidity in the air. That may be true, but it takes all of the romance out of it.

coming storm ~ Skywatch Friday

June 7, 2019

Last Saturday I saw that I had a window of opportunity before the forecasted rains came, so I jumped on my bike and hit the trail. My destination was about ten miles away, on mostly flat trail, and I got there with no trouble. Then I refueled and rehydrated and it was time to go home.

Fortunately, my wife had met me with my truck and I tossed the bike in the back then drove home. But before we did that, I glanced at the sky and saw the front approaching.

The trail had been muddy in recent weeks, and my bike was a mess as a result, so it got a nice little (but insufficient) rinse in the bed of my truck.

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green and blue ~ Skywatch Friday

November 30, 2018

Two things about this photo. The first are the pine trees. I planted these in the only bit of good soil I have in my 80+ Ozark acres. They were little things then, only about a foot tall, not counting the root that was probably half that. In the dozen or so years since then, they grown more than thirty feet tall in some cases. I planted fifty of these in straight rows, and then got another fifty the next year to replace the ones that didn’t make it and to expand the area with more pines. They’re a qualified success, but I won’t consider them a complete success until they provide enuf shade to cause the blackberry brambles beneath them to wither and die away.

The other thing is the vapor trail you see in the sky. As recently as 75 years ago, this was something that had never before been seen in the sky. It’s a thoroughly modern phenomenon. And yet to us, it’s commonplace and unremarkable.

I do love the blue of the sky in the fall.

thankful blue ~ Skywatch Friday

November 23, 2018

Yesterday was the Thanksgiving holiday here in the U.S. It’s our harvest festival with a bit of national (sanitized) mythology thrown in. It being one of the two days in the week with decent weather, I found myself outside with a leaf rake in hand while the bird was being cooked inside. I paused in my work to look up at the unbroken arc of blue above me. The branches you see are from one of the two lindens at the curb before my house (and to the left is a maple). The lindens were the first to drop their leaves (for which I am thankful), followed by the maple and then the river birch. The beech still holds all of its leaves, so there is more raking in my future.

And today is Black Friday, the day of shopping insanity — people have literally been killed in the mayhem — when stores make enuf money to get their balance sheets in the black finally. (I read one commentator who said that our economy is not based on buying but on frenzied buying.) I don’t participate since I don’t want to be a consumer culture casualty. Traditionally Black Friday has been the day I visit my Ozark cabin, far from the madding crowd, where I can disdain the vulgar consumerism in rustic style. However, today is also one of the days this week that does not have decent weather; it will be cooler and rainy down at my little cabin, which is no fun. Instead we plan to go down to the cabin tomorrow when the temps will jump back into the 60s and the sky will once again look like the photo above.

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Missouri moon ~ Skywatch Friday

November 2, 2018

This photo is from last weekend when I was down at my little cabin in the Missouri Ozarks. I was actually standing in the bottom of the washed-out spillway beside my dam. (The crew is supposed to come today to begin the work of repairing the spillway.)

It was a perfect day to be in the woods, with the October blue sky overhead.

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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.