Thursday, February 19, 2009

Sky Watch: Before The Storm

The eight mourning doves must have known the change was coming as they congregated in the massive oak tree under partly pastel colored skies.

The white tops of some clouds gave the impression of vanilla ice cream cones.

The dark clouds began to swirl trying to swallow all the blue and white that remained. The 'angel' couldn't hold back the darkness.

A shimmer of light still beckoned briefly before the rain and hail and thunder came storming down.

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46 comments:

Gill - That British Woman said...

what super photos I love them......

Gill in Canada

Steffi said...

Very beautiful pictures for a SWF!Have a nice weekend!

RuneE said...

A large change from No. 1 to No. 4 - the birds seem always to know when there is a weather-change coming.

Guy D said...

excellent photos, the first one with the birds in the trees is exceptional.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Your EG Tour Guide said...

I don't know how birds know when the weather is changing for the worst...but they sure do. Lovely shots, Carletta.
My Sky Watch photo is at
East Gwillimbury Wow

Sylvia K said...

Super shots, Carletta! and such a great variety, too. Love the contrasts! Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend!

Mary said...

Watching an approaching storm is always exciting, Beautiful shots, Carletta! Happy SWF. :)

Carver said...

Beautiful storm sequence and I love how you caught the birds congregating in the tree.

Quiet Paths said...

I really enjoyed the progression of these storm-watching photos. The patterns of the branches and clouds is dramatic.

fishing guy said...

Carletta: What a neat view of the doves in the tree. I thought the shape told me that before reading. Maybe they are headed North.

Abe Lincoln said...

Mourning Doves are always nice to see. Nice photos all.

Abraham Lincoln's SkyWatch

Reader Wil said...

A great series of the changing sky! Yes birds feel the imminent storm brewing.Have a great SWF.

Bradley Myers said...

A good series of photos and post Carletta.

VALKYRIEN said...

If I can choose, I will choose the first! That is really a beauty, in delicate colours!

judi said...

Wonder prose and photos. :D

John said...

Lovely captured series, Carletta.

Happy weekend.

Babooshka said...

The pastels in the top are so soft to the ominous greys just show you how the sky changes.

Tricia said...

Fine photography Carletta & I admire the way you put your words together - like a poem! So Pretty & Sweet!

George said...

What an interesting sequence of pictures! You had quite a change in the sky.

SandyCarlson said...

These are very, very nice.

Champ Townboy said...

Gorgeous series of shots! Perfect words to go with them!

angel seeker said...

The 'angel' couldn't hold back the darkness.

At least you tried.

Indrani said...

Some dark and heavy clouds! Beautiful series of shots!

ramblingwoods.com said...

I wonder if birds can sense a storm coming..The squirrels always leave the yard...beautiful photos..

Rose said...

Looks like we had about the same kind of skies...we even had some snow flurries this afternoon.

kden said...

Beautiful shot of the mourning doves, they are a beautiful bird.

Pacey said...

beautiful, the clouds are just amazing in those skies.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Love the doves in the tree peeking thru to the clouds

Gattina said...

You did a very nice follow up ! I almost can hear the storm in the last picture !

Pietro said...

Carletta, it's a wonderful sequence with the sky transformation before the storm (I like so much storms!).
Happy Sky Watch!

quilly said...

Thunder here now.

I like the way the photos captured the approaching storm.

Titania said...

Great, dramatic sky story, Carletta, wonderful shots of the storm clouds. I love a turbulent, interesting sky.

Denise said...

You've caught some impressive storm clouds there, and I also enjoyed the one with the birds. Great photos! Thank you so much for stopping by my SWF post and leaving such nice comments. Always nice to see you.

Jientje said...

That's a very dramatic sky Carletta!!

Deborah Godin said...

That's really neat how you doncumented the storm in photos and words, I felt like I was there watching it unfold!


p.s. I've never meet an aquarian (including my mom) who wasn't a great person to know, so there ya go!

JunieRose2005 said...

Beautiful photos, Carletta.

That first one with the pastel colors is so pretty!

Even the storm clouds are! :)


Junie

Shelly said...

Wow! Really great storm clouds - love the contrast ;)
Happy Weekend!

Janice Thomson said...

What a lovely series Carletta - with such variety too.

Tarolino said...

Oh such wonderful pictures following the beginning of the storm. The first and the third photo are equally stunning but for different reasons. The tranguility in the first and the drama in the third.

Judy said...

Love the story that goes with the photos!!
Thanks for sharing!

soulbrush said...

i love these pics, they are awesome.

Neal said...

You've done it again .... just beautiful!!!

Becky and Gary said...

These are beautiful Carletta! I love each one of them.
B.

NovaS said...

That's true, it was beautiful first then the darkness took over... i don't like storm at all.. nobody does...

SUPERNOVA and SWEETPAIN
ANGELS IN MY LIFE

chanpheng said...

Beautiful skies!

vincibene said...

Beautiful series!