Thursday, August 20, 2009

SkyWatch ~ 47 A Spring Afternoon

ENLARGE and ENJOY!



Last Sunday we had occasion to go to the Barossa Valley,
one of our premier wine growing districts. No, we did not
go for the wines but rather to a book launch.




The day was blustery to say the least, at times we
could not hear the speaker with microphone for the
wind gusts buffeting the building.



The air was crisp and clear and the sky above as blue
as blue with white clouds chasing each other about,
just for the fun of it. The countryside was lush and green,
a balm to the eyes after the long dry and sere summer
and autumn.



A perfect day for a drive in the
country until we stopped at the top of Trial Hill
and looked back towards the valley we had left and
saw these dark an ominous clouds chasing us home.



Unfortunately it was all play and no pay and not a drop
of rain did we get.

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52 comments:

  1. What wonderful clouds and magnificent scenery!
    Sunny :)

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  2. What beautiful country. The hills look like they're covered in green velvet.

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  3. absolutely stunning sky and country shots...isn't nature grand?
    have a wonderful weekend.

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  4. It looks like you were all alone on those deserted pastoral byways. I know you probably hope for some rain, so sorry you didn't get any. Beautiful skies, Arija!

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  5. Love the cloud shadow on the hill - it almost looks like it shouldn't be there, the cloud looks like it's touching the hill, and leaving no room for a shadow!

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  6. Love the blue skies with the white clouds.Too bad it resulted in no rain.
    Blessings,Ruth

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  7. The clouds are teasing you with the prospect of rain that doesn't come. How sad. Hope you at least enjoyed some fine wine.

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  8. I for got to mention, thanks for the comment on the dragonfly on my nature blog at WordPress. I could not return the comment from the web address accompanying the comment. I see it was one character off.

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  9. What billowy clouds against that beautiful blue sky ... and what a dramatic change! I'm sharing Colorful Evening Beach Views this week at Sacred Ruminations.
    Hugs and blessings,

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  10. Beautiful series! :)

    Have a great weekend!
    Anna

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  11. It is so pretty there. I love those rolling green hills. By the way, is it already spring? Or, do you stay green?

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  12. Nice lighting on those clouds, and what a beautiful, lush ag district. Just the thought of those great wines, mmmm....

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  13. Beautiful photos, Arija...I especially like the two shots with the road leading into the photo....I love your wave crashing shot below!

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  14. The countryside is very lovely! A region that beautiful must grow delicious grapes.

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  15. Is it called spring there already? WOW! We haven't finished summer yet here in Ontario. ;-) And I refuse to call it Autumn till September 22. (I'm not ready for autumn yet. LOL)

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  16. Beautiful sky shots and glorious scenery, Arija.
    Janice.

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  17. Bummers about waiting for rain, that can be a frustrating wait.

    Lovely views you are sharing with us this week, those rolling hills make for a pretty postcard scene.

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  18. Those clouds almost look like they are moving "in a still picture"

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  19. What a beautiful sight looking over the hill tops. Very nice job.

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  20. Your marvelous photos always remind me of why I hate to be out of town on a "meme day"! These are perfect examples, Arija! Exquisite!

    Enjoy the weekend -- hope you get some rain!

    Sylvia
    http://sylviafromoverthehill.blogspot.com/

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  21. To answer your questions, Spring officially starts on Sept.1, for me it starts whenever nature determines. The trees are flowering and the temperatures are in the 20's C . Last year we flipped from Winter straight into Summer'

    We only had rain in mid-winter and the landscape has greened up since then. The grass looks velvety because it is so short. In cold weather it sprouts but does not grow much. Those hills were brown from Oct. to July.

    All except the last shot were taken from a fast moving vehicle, I just could not help myself, the sky and hills were so pretty.

    Thank you one and all for your kind comments, they are very much appreciated.

    Arija

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  22. Its so beautifully blue, and the fresh greens add intensity to the wholeness of the photos. love it! (looks like paintings)

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  23. Nice clouds and I tried to imagine the blustery air. Sweet outing.

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  24. Such lovely photos - what a pity the clouds didn't produce any rain.

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  25. I do love those wonderful white clouds against the blueness of the sky. Typical summer afternoon.

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  26. Beautiful shots!
    Happy weekend Arija.

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  27. WOW, these are great, great place to take picture, love the nature, well done!!

    Have a nice SWF.

    Thanks for your visit and nice comments on my blog

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  28. Wunderbare Himmelsbilder.
    Wir sind in Norwegen angekommen.
    Auf der Fahrt durch Schweden hatten wir schon das besondere Licht, dass man am Meer und im Norden erleben kann, einfach schoen.

    Gruesse
    Hartmut

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  29. Beautiful shots of the sky. Lovely

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  30. Thank you for taking us on the drive with you. What a beautiful countryside.

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  31. So beautiful!
    I would like to be there laying on that green and starring at the coudes :)

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  32. Wonderful series, Arija.
    The sky and the clouds look so friendly above these green hills.
    Enjoy your weekend!

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  33. The clouds are great, but the field is more splendid. The whole image looks very serene. It inspires one to write a poem or a song.

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  34. Those are some dramatic skies! Your description is pure poetry.

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  35. Beautiful sky pictures!!! Thanks for sharing your skies!

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  36. Beautiful - the nature - the green and the blue - the wide scenery - endlessly beautiful :)

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  37. What a beautiful group of pictures from your side of the world! I love clouds, and these look like our Fall clouds.
    B.

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  38. Excellent cloud images. The greens are so vibrant too. MB

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  39. WoW....simply beautifully captured shots!

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  40. Stunning countryside. Fingers crossed that you will get more rain during the next growing season!

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  41. What a lovely area, rolling green hills and beautiful skies on this occasion. Shame about the rain though, or lack thereof ;-)

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  42. Hello Arija, no matter what season of the year, you always have beautiful skies. Love the lush greenery and the blue skies. Hope for rain for you and us!

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  43. Your landscapes and skies are gorgeous!!! A shame that it was hard on the speaker and listeners!
    Spirithelpers

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  44. The green rolling hills are so beautiful, Arija. Spring has sprung. I like the "all play and no pay" description of your clouds. We get a lot of that here, too.

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  45. Arija, your pictures are wonderful! The spring green meadows and the bright blue sky looks so inviting! Thanks for sharing!
    Hope you get some rain, we are having too much of it this summer, although there are also many sunny days, too.

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  46. It's hard to imagine a blustery day... it's been so hot, but we are getting a little cooler here. Your skies for the book launch, at least looked amazing! Gorgeously blue!

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  47. What wonderful scenery; what wonderful photos! The secon, the third and the fourth photos are stunning.

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