Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Sky Between Storms

Here in coastal northern California we have received a fine amount of rain over the past few days. Two storms came through, one on Thursday and an even bigger one on Saturday. The sky between storms on Friday was as beautiful as ever. So I went out to take a look. Here's what I saw. (Please click the pics to see the larger image.)

Looking east an hour after sunrise

A hint of iridescence 

The beauty of silver linings

Awesome iridescence for just a few minutes
We were lucky that Saturday morning started with a double rainbow because a windy storm blew in all the rest of the day. It was wild and much welcomed. Then, Sunday morning began with crepuscular rays. We love the time between storms. I'll post the rainbow and rays photos mid week.

And thank you thank you thank you for your thoughtful and kind words on our previous post. It means so much to Roger, my family and me to read your comments. 

13 comments:

  1. Nothing cleans up the sky like a good downpour. And nothing cheers up the human spirit than looking skywards.

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  2. thanks for sharing your wonderful skies! I, too, loved what little rain we got. It made all the fallen leaves bright and sparkly again the dark wet pavement.

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  3. John-- Yes, we run outside and look up and are always grateful for the splendor of the skies.

    Bill-- We love seeing the skies like this. Such a treat for the eyes.

    Tara-- We actually got 2 1/2 inches of rain between Thursday and Saturday's storms. It was grand. We're expecting more too. We're so happy about it! Glad you like the skies.

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  4. Robin Andrea: We had the most spectacular sunset here in the northern Piedmont on Friday evening. Kali said she had never seen a more dramatic sunset in the East (but, then again, she doesn't often venture outside at sunset). Nevertheless, I have to agree that it was spectacular--mostly fiery orange--and it lasted quite a while. We didn't take an image because we were in a location with lots of utility wires and signs, so the image would have been ugly. Plus, we only had Kali's phone camera, which doesn't make great shots. So, it will just have to live in our memories. But, we did look up!

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  5. Nice skies. We have been dry here for a couple of weeks. We need rain, but we're enjoying the rare cool, less humid air. It made for blue skies, which are nice, but not so much for dramatic sunsets.

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  6. I am just delighted that you all are getting rain relief. It sure creates some lovely skies. Silver linings are always a comfort.

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  7. Scott- I would have loved to have seen pics of your spectacular sunset. But it's true about cell phone cameras. The quality is not so great. It's interesting about wires and the skies in towns and cities. I used to absolutely hate having wires in shots, but now I like them. I've gotten into enjoying the juxtaposition of natural beauty and the tangled mess of urban skycapes.

    Mark-- Nice to know your temps are cool and less humid there. It must feel great! For atmospheric optic lovers, blue skies can be pretty boring. Hope you get some rain there.

    Arkansas Patti-- Yes, I just emptied our rain gauge. We got 2 1/2 inches since Thursday. Woohoo! That's real rain! I love those silver linings.

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  8. Love those skies. This is my favorite time of year for skywatching. We've had storms, too.

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  9. am-- It's been awesome! I've been running outside every five minutes to take a look. Beauty, beauty everywhere!

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  10. Gorgeous photos Robin! Just beautiful...

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  11. Pat-- So glad you like these. The skies are pretty spectacular. But I have come to believe that the skies are gorgeous everywhere, everyday.

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