John & Anne Wiley

2010/10/05

Sky Show

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,Nature,People,Random,SB Region,Tripp — John @ 04:30

Sometimes the show from below rivals the spectacular shows we see from the sky, and Friday’s sunset was one of those. We noticed it from the living room and grabbed cameras for our evening walk up the hill. Stepping outside we were amazed by this “cockatoo” cloud exploding over the mountain.

1757 Cockatoo Cloud

1757 Cockatoo Cloud

Five minutes later it had completely transformed into a very different apparition of some white-haired creature with dark arms swimming over the mountains.

1758 Transformation

1758 Transformation

Another four minutes saw light gone from the mountains and color ebbing from the skies, leaving just a few orange-tinged cloud shapes to entertain us.

1767 Fading Colors

1767 Fading Colors

A few more minutes found us further up the hill, where we startled a bunny munching ice plant not far from the highway. I like how the flash makes the eyes look demonic, and this effect started a fun discussion in the comments to the version of this pic I submitted to Edhat.

1770 Vanishing Bunny

1770 Vanishing Bunny

It’s interesting to me that often I’ll spot bunnies or quail and be watching them when they suddenly dart for cover and startle Anne. She on the other hand will often point out interesting plants, flowers, and fruits along the way. Guess I’m the hunter, she’s the gatherer, eh?

We haven’t taken any pics since, having thought we’d be getting some great shots on our flight to San Diego for Dad’s birthday. Turned out the airport weather was not as predicted Sunday, and the fog was low enough it would have made for an interesting pic of the hills when it “lifted” to a few hundred feet allowing visibility of a mile or two. Today it’s been windy, so like our planned MerriTimes trip we’re glad to have skipped this one.

Tomorrow we hope to venture out, maybe get some pix, certainly do some errands, perhaps visit Tripp to try out a sample clip-on window deflector I made, and in the evening attend a college meeting that could be quite lively and interesting (where I also plan to get some pix). We’ve been helping some with posting info to the “C4” website, and we especially enjoyed Lynda’s letter posted today. It feels good to be making a contribution to the growing community effort that’s hoping to bring about positive changes in the college leadership, because so much of Anne’s hard work has been undone since she retired!

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