Thursday, January 15, 2009

SkyWatch *21 Drama in the Skies and Gentle Sunset

The sky was almost melodramatic covering the
entire firmament with these amazing clouds.



Whichever way you turned, the shutterfinger
developed a nervous twitch


Building and veering they raced a marathon

to blast the heavens asunder



only to melt into a sunset reflecting on the land


in gentleness akin to sleep of babes.



Pictures taken within the space of one hour.
All can be enlarged for better viewing.

As ever, my gratitude to Klaus and the SkyWatch
team for the splendid work they do.
To fly different skies, click on the Logo.

81 comments:

  1. Almost like a Shakespearean play...such power and gentleness...beautiful, Arija!

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  2. Dramatic indeed. And such a happy ending. ;-)

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  3. Dramatic and mysterious ! How swift the skies can change, it's amazing and all of the photos are beautiful from the dark ominous clouds to the sweet pink sugar ones.

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  4. It is great to see a blue sky behind the clouds, just grey, snow and cold here. I am ready for summer.

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  5. Beautiful pictures, Arija. I love the clouds you've captured.

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  6. I like the one with the golden sunlight across the field in comparison with the clouds and shadows. Wonderful composition and mood!

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  7. Beautiful,beautiful.I understand how the shutter finger develops a twitch from time to time,mine has that same problem.There is only one cure-take lots of pictures.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  8. Incredibly beautiful and so dramatic! And, yes! a Happy Ending!
    Thanks as always for sharing your skies. Fabulous photos!

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  9. Thanks for your comment. The skater was my daughter! I don't skate any more. The last I did was 55 years ago.

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  10. Such splendid, dramatic skies.
    Thank you for capturing them.

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  11. All in the space of one hour, Arija - what a display.

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  12. I like the comment from Isabel - Shakespearean drama! All that, and no rain? Great SWF!

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  13. I adore the colour of those rosy clouds in the last photo. They look hand-painted.

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  14. Wow, this is a stunning series Aariga.

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  15. Those are truly majestic shots of the changing sky. I especially love the soft pink at the end of a restless sky day. Wonderful description, too.

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  16. Very beautiful skies!Really nice to see!Happy SWF!Have a nice weekend!

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  17. These are all so lovely. The clouds are so thick and bold!

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  18. Your photos are heaven. I am glad you were so busy with the camera!

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  19. So beautiful and dramatic.
    Truly stunning.
    have a great weekend.

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  20. Amazing cloud formation. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. I totally agree with your title here. Those are dramatic clouds.

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  22. Arija wonderful capture and I love the blue sky peeking through..spells hope.a friend NG

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  23. That's amazing, such variety in an hour! Great shots.

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  24. The sky is my absolute favorite drama series. You have captured the dynamic appearance from moment to moment beautifully! I love the first one with the tempermental clouds working to form a cumulostratus deck which is a few down, and then the sunset tearing away at what was done... making a soft cascade of romantic hues in a diamond sky... awesome!

    Stay warm.

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  25. Your pictures grows even better each time I visit you! You are a marvellous photographer, Arija! Many thanks for all your tributes to the SWF.

    Marit
    Norway

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  26. Great cloud formations, really love the 1st.

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  27. So quickly sky colours and moods change! And you have captured those moments beautifully!

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  28. Nice phot-serie, especially the last one:)

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  29. Beautiful, beautiful photos!

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  30. that last one is my favourite, great shots.........

    Gill in Canada

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  31. So beautiful - I do wish they would give you some rain.

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  32. Such an exciting and moving drama. I could feel and hear the drum rolls slowly fade into a lulaby.
    Great series for SWF.

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  33. Your skies are beautiful... I feel like I can put my hand in and pull out the clouds... they seem so real.
    ~Michele~
    ((((Hugs))))

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  34. I've seen days like that ... the trigger happy shutter finger. And I can see how this setting would do that to you.

    Great work!

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  35. You just have a very keen eye for the beautiufl sky arija.. and to say the sky never stops surprising us all...

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  36. Nice lines as commentary to your beautiful shots.

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  37. I liked your poetry and how the clouds are running a marathon. It all works very well with your story line with the skyscape pictures.

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  38. What a great series of pics. Such fun to watch the skies in your world.

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  39. Magnificent clouds and a wonderful sequence of photos! Happy SWF!

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  40. What a wonderful essay in words and photos!
    Beautiful Arija!

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  41. Wow! You are right about the drama. I love all the contrasts in color. And the subtle pink at the end is lovely.

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  42. Ahh each photo is lovely and lovelier! I enjoyed feasting my eyes here...

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  43. Beautiful series of photos, Arija. Thank you for posting them.

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  44. absolutely amazing captures!! and the commentary was poetically splendid!

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  45. Dramatic sky! Beautiful colors! Perfect pictures!

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  46. Beautiful collection of photos for sky watch friday, all kinds of drama and interest and colour. Thank you for sharing with us all.

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  47. These photos are very stunning. What a great series to add to Sky Watch.
    Happy SWF.

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  48. If don't like we see, just wait a few minutes and it will change. Or just turn and look behind.

    Leedra’s Photos For Fun
    Photography By Leedra

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  49. Dramatic series an I love the colors of the last one!

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  50. So beautiful skies and soft cloudies!

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  51. Things changes fast when you are chose to be aware of it. Photographers very often do :-)

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  52. The second last is my pick - great lighting

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  53. Arija, a wonderful sky with all the elements to make it a super skywatch. I think the clouds did a real performance for you! Thank you for stopping by. Are your weeks
    passing as quickly as mine. It seems to me I am only just a skip away from the next SWF.
    How is your garden doing? We need some rain again it is very hot.

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  54. How fantastic and beautiful pictures you have taken! We can watch it like a film with happy end. Thank you for sharing.
    Have a nice weekende!

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  55. They are all beautiful and as I quoted on my blog by Ralph Waldo Emerson..."The sky is the daily bread of the eyes".

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  56. "Full of sound and fury signifying nothing" Like Isabel your photos made me think of Shakespeare..
    What an amazing sequence. Thanks for sharing.

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  57. So dramatic and so very beautifully captured and recounted by you.....stunning!

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  58. Beautiful clouds in the sky. Great shots.

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  59. These are wonderful! I like how in a couple of them it's mostly clouds and you just see a hint of the blue sky behind them.

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  60. Beautiful to see these clouds glide over the landscape. Indeed full of drama, except for the last two ... suddenly it's calm and peaceful.
    Thanks for sharing these, Arija.

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  61. I really enjoyed these. The portal in the clouds is so interesting. I think some Brahms should be played while showing these....

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  62. what a fantastic series of skywatch photos...enjoyed each and everyone.
    have a most wonderful weekend.

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  63. Thank you Arija for your comments on my blog.
    Your pictures of skies are amazing and almost urge me to take my brushes. They are skies in the manner of Turner. You are a very talented photograph.

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  64. OH so very dramatic - I love it when the skies look like this!!!

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  65. the skies over your head are amazing Arija.. it must be hard to turn away?

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  66. Oh these are just wonderful. Clouds in so many shapes, colors and forms. Marvelous.

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  67. Isn't the sky wonderful? Nothing ever stays the same. Fantastic photography and I love your poem, too!

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  68. Happy to see your shared photos! It really is, melodramatic sky:)

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  69. Now this is really a breathtaking series of cloud happenings.

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  70. Very dramatic :) It's very rare in my area of California for the skies to change so rapidly. I look out the picture window at my office a lot and maybe once or twice a year it happens. I'm glad you captured the variety and shared it all at once with us!

    And thanks for suggesting it was a clear filter on my double sunset :) You must be right. I do have that one there... *sheepish grin*

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  71. Dramatic skies - we may not like the weather they bring, but they make lovely photos.

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  72. Haven't visited in awhile, I see what I've been missing. Lovely, lovely work. The bottom sky photo with the sweet pink clouds is my fave. And the roses below are just heaven. My mom used to grow Sutter's Gold, I remember. Lucky you to have so many.

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  73. That's a breath taking shot..
    Love all of 'em

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  74. What an interesting Skywatch set! I especially like how in the first photo a hole in the clouds looks heart-shaped.

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  75. Wonderful series of photos. I'm a fool for dramatic skies myself. I love the beautiful sunset at the end. Thanks for sharing.

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  76. I love your skies! Terriffic photos!

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  77. Dramatic sky's!!!
    Thanks for sharing...
    HSWF:)

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  78. What beautiful skies! Thanks for visiting my blog.

    Sue

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