Weekend Sky, July 30

After a week of cloudy skies, which I am not complaining about because of the cooler temps, it was nice to see the clouds clear away showing their artistic whims as they left. Hammad Rais reminds us to look up at our constantly changing sky and catch its beauty as it changes.

If you get the chance to be still and study the sky, ponder on its beauty and the fact that it does constantly change – at least at least as we see it. An different attribute that is seen that we can make as a constant in our lives is…kindness.

Weekend Sky, Sunset

Sunday found us at an outdoor concert by the river and the sky was fascinating. Hammad Rais had a fascinating photo on his #68 post that looked like a lion. Our weekend sky was much less dramatic but still beautiful.

First it was building…

Then its color started changing and it started falling…

Then it fell away and got swallowed by smaller ones…

The sky is always fascinating as it moves and changes. In closing I remind you to never change from being kind. Kindness is a trait we should always keep with us.

We can always use more joy in our lives – so always be kind.

Weekend Sky 60 – Update

Typical with most passing storms, the appearance of a spectacular sunset. I just wanted to pass along that this sunset meets that criteria after all of the menacing gray clouds that seemed to just hang around forever today.

“They” say that behind every gray cloud is a silver lining but todays lining is orangey gold and quite beautiful. I know my photography skills are not as good as some but this needed sharing. May your weekend turn out just as beautiful.

Remember to be Kind.

Weekend Sky #60, 3/26

Today we have more fun with Hammad Rais and Weekend Sky #60. I just had to play along as the sky today has been tumultuous, from rain to spiting snow and now the wind is crazy. We are under a wind advisory. BUT, it makes for great pictures. Even though I am no professional, it is fun to join in. So come show us your beautiful sky.

The Red Tailed Hawks are not even having to do anything but stretch out their wings and float on the currents of the wind. But the contrasting gray colors with the occasional blue patches of sky is what makes it so beautiful.

Since we are talking about weekend skies, I leave you with a sunset image of kindness for you to reflect on.

Always Be Kind enough so that the deaf may hear your kindness and the blind can see it.

Have a great weekend.

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Hammad Rais creates a fun and interesting way for us to share the beauty in the sky around us. Come join in with Weekend Sky and share your world.

This is a most special weekend sky for us in the Midwest…it’s the clearing out of winter’s hold as promised temperatures for Sunday bring in the start of spring.

Winter’s hold will soon break

After the two inches we got we got Thursday, winter is not going out easily. The thin wispy white you see is snow still trying to rain on us. But alas, tomorrow will be the last of the stronghold…and it will be done with a vengeance of single digits.

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But Sunday brings in 40s – 50s. And all next week in the 50s. Yay!! Come on spring. And as we get into more tolerable temps, remember the value of Kindness as you go about your day.

Always Be Kind

The Summer Sky

The sky is always fun to watch as the clouds form fun and interesting shapes during the summer months of thunderheads and the colors of fall are always amazing as the air cools and atmosphere thickens.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. Psalm 19:1

Below are some of the picture I have taken this summer as storms have been busy this year.

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And as always, remember to be kind. Kindness was created by God and is a reflection of His love to all creation.

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A Reprieve

Reprieve – To give relief or deliverance for a time.

That is what we had today – a one day reprieve from this tirade of winter 2019. The temps today got up to 48 degrees here in western Iowa and even thought we know that Nadia is closing fast, we accepted this gift of a reprieve to helps us not lose hope in spring forgetting us as in Horton who heard the Whos – We are here! We are here! We are here!

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Marvelous read

So today I was actually able to get out and run a few errands and of course refill the bird feeders. With all of that ice on top of the snow, I was just too fearful to try. But as we type the temps are already falling and will drop back to single digits. I was ever grateful for this reprieve of shining sun and “balmy” temps.

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Blue skies and shining sun today

As as we brace for another cold and snowy onslaught, we will remember this breath of fresh air in hoping spring to come sooner that later.

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Cometh thou O Spring

And as we wait for milder weather, let us remember to be mild ourselves and show kindness where we can.

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What is or Who can be a Photographer, #JusJoJan

Cutting is down to the basics, in my mind, a photographer is one who has a eye for capturing and balancing the right angle of a subject to reveal an awe inspiring moment that makes the rest of us drool at its beauty whether it is a split second action shot or the beautiful contrast of nature at it best…or worse in some cases. Who are these photographers? Anyone who has the passion for being able to capture these awe inspiring moments. There are some amazing photographers I have seen in this bloggosphere world – if that is such a word, spell check says no, but I am sure you all know what I am talking about.

Examples of amazing photos I enjoy come  from experts like jansenphoto  of Dutch Goes the Photo, Irene of Heaven’s Sunshine, Debbie Smyth of Travel With Intent, Norm 2.0, Pedrol,  and so many more. Check out their work as it truly is amazing. Then you have people who love photography and take pictures to add to their fun as they blog like me, and Shelley, Laurie, Dan, and again so many more people. Photography, while it can be very technical, it speaks to the eye then quickly moving to the heart to be shared in awe for all viewers. A wonderful and fun medium of expression.

I say all this to be able to share a meteorological phenomenon that I saw today called a Sun Dog. I had never seen or even heard of one until someone told me what it was.

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Description

A sun dog or mock sun, formally called a parhelion in meteorology, is an atmospheric optical phenomenon that consists of a bright spot to one or both sides of the Sun. Two sun dogs often flank the Sun within a 22° halo.Wikipedia

 

Yea, what he said. Regardless it was amazing to see. Oh, and the temp was -8, with a wind chill of -30 degrees. Really? This is western Iowa, not Alaska.

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So sometimes photography is being at the right spot at the right time, like I was this morning. About an hour later it was snowing again. Total for the year so far is over 40″ (its still January) with another 4-8″ possible on Sunday thru Monday. That’s a lot of snow for someone who was raised in south Georgia, 15 minutes north of the Florida border. Now I am trying to balance 20 pounds of clothes to keep from freezing to death.

But even in the cold you can still find time to be kind, maybe even more so. So I remind all, of the wonderful attribute of kindness. I promise, sharing it will balance your day.

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Linda G Hill and her guest prompter JP has challenged with the word balance. Come
along and join in on the fun.

Sky equals 1st Heaven, #Time To Write

Sadje threw out a challenge prompt with Time to Write with the word “Sky”. So I think I will give that a try as it ties in with a conversation I had today.

The young swallow, Twelson sat on the branch watching his fellow birds swirl though the late afternoon sky catching the small night bugs as they also took to the sky preparing for their evening flights. He looked down a few branches and saw Wisowl watching the swirling birds as well. Wisowl was the sage old member of their group with many a story to tell the younger swallows of distant and fascinating lands.

Twelson flew down to rest on a limb withing speaking distance to the revered member of the group to asked him a question but not actually land on the same limb. One did not disturb the limbs of the revered members of the group.

“Master Wisowl, do our journeys ever take us to the glowing ball in the sky?”

Quietness engulfed the two as Wisowl pondered the best way to explain the heavens to the young swallow.  After some time, the glowing ball began to slowly slip towards the line where the sky met the land. Stretching out his wings and wrapping them closer around his body he looked toward Twelson as he began to speak. 

“The glowing ball is beyond the line where the sky meets the land. It is located in the second heaven with many other fabled bodies much like the night ball that lights the sky once the glowing ball goes beyond the line.”

“Have you ever been able to get to the line to look over it into the sky?”

“No, the line moves ever before you leading you onward as you follow the land before it meets the sky. I do not think the maker of all things needs us to go beyond that line.”

“Is there more sky beyond the second heaven?” asked young Twelson.

“Only the third and final heaven where the maker of all things lives. It is there where all questions will be fully and finally answered.”

The two sat quietly as the last bit of light from the glowing ball slipped beyond the line and darkness surrounded all the land.

If you would like to follow along with Sadje and Time to Write, come along with your version of Sky.

And as always with all of my post, remember to be kind. The kindness you share may be the only kindness that a recipient may feel on any given day, so always be kind.

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