Saturday, December 29, 2012

Sky Watching 2012

Black clouds hover over the salt marshes

It was only this year that I've started watching the skies more avidly than before. Perhaps this is due to the fact that I've been lucky enough to have a great view of sunrises from my front window. I also walk at the park right by the salt marshes and I often watch the planes coming in to land at SFO. It's a wide open space and there's an unobstructed view of the sky. One day while walking along the trail, I espied black smoke in the horizon. Then I heard the sounds of sirens and police cars speeding to the scene of the fire.

Since I walk around the park after work, I'm often rewarded with breathtaking sunsets.

Bay Area sunset

The sky is a canvas in progress. Cloud formations change so quickly that by the time I pull out my camera from my handbag, I've lost that particular scenario. It's a little tricky to take pictures while driving unless you're at a stop sign and the train is passing through so you're waiting ages for the light to turn green. Here's one I took at the stop light. I used my old IPhone to take this image. This is what came out.

Cirrocumulus clouds

And when dark clouds gather, rain is just a whiff away.

Dark clouds over the Central Valley

I woke up early the day after Christmas and watched the sunrise. It was so different from the warm and fiery sunrises of summer. The sky was grey and cold. But it was still a marvel to watch.

Sunrise - December 26, 2012

"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes." Ralph Waldo Emerson

"And I am well nourished by it." Me 

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Images by Charie

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