Monthly Archives: November 2013

An ode to sunset

An ode to sunset

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

Twas the night before Thanksgiving

and the sky was clouded in

who knew if there’d be bright colors

or the sky would just be dim

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

Upon closer inspection

soft peaches spread on rye

with some kind of sweeping up

rather pleasing to the eye

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

Then only moments later

the sky began to glow

a bend occurred at ridgeline

where the wind did blow

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

I watched this out my window

so much better than TV

crystals add a sparkle

just the way it ought to be

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

The moment came to crescendo

with a glow that lifted me

it doesn’t get much better

than a sunset with a tree

Sunset Yarnell Arizona

All too soon twas over

so I’m glad I took the pics

as every night is different

part of how I get my kicks

SWF long badge

To view more skies from around the world, or to share your own, visit Skywatch Friday.

Mammatus clouds

Mammatus-clouds over Weaver Mountains Peeples Valley Arizona

Mammatocumulus look foreboding but are only the messengers preceding a coming storm or other extreme weather. Also known as mammatus clouds they are typically made up of ice crystals or water.

Mammatus-clouds over Weaver Mountains Peeples Valley Arizona

With 100% precipitation predicted to begin tonight through Friday night I’d say these Mammary clouds seen late Thursday afternoon are probably spot on.

SWF long badge

To view more skies around the world, or to share your own, go to Skywatch Friday.

Stormy drive through Northern Arizona

I drive four hours, each way, to shop when living on the North Rim during the summer.  And during August monsoons that can mean a stormy drive with the sky an ever changing show. Rain along SR89 Arizona Along the Painted Desert I can see a storm coming from far away. Rain Painted Desert SR89 Arizona And of course I see the storm while it’s dumping on me. Stormy sky over Vermilion & Echo Cliffs SR89 Arizona Still rather gray approaching the Vermilion and Echo Cliffs. Stormy sky over Colorado River from Navajo Bridge Marble Canyon Arizona A dry stop at Navajo Bridge shows more storm across the sky. Stormy side mirror view SR89A Arizona

But continuing towards the Kaibab Plateau I seem to be leaving the storm behind. House Rock Valley SR89A Arizona With almost clear sky over House Rock Valley. Clouds over the meadows SR67 South Kaibab National Forest Arizona Then hard to say if it will stay away once driving across the meadows.  Almost home.

SWF long badge

To see more skies from around the world, or to share your own, go to Sky Watch Friday.