Thursday, April 7, 2011

Skywatch: Wednesday Evening Skies

I glanced out my front door last evening and thought it looked like there was going to be a lovely sunset. The day had been warm with temperatures in the mid-sixties and by evening the wind was warm. I grabbed my camera and proceded to go out through the garage door. The image above is the sight I saw as I walked outside. I know my jaw dropped. The texture in the sky was unbelievable. I wonder if this was the kind of sky that influenced Van Gogh when he painted "Starry Night"?
Seven minutes later I caught the sun dropping behind the trees. My goal is learning how to take sunburst images and if I had remembered to change the aperture on the camera I might actually have gotten more than a one-sided one. :)
An additional seven minutes later the sun had dropped over the hill out of my view. Soon the dark horizon would meet the light blue sky and blend effortlessly into night.
Posted for Skywatch.

32 comments:

Thom said...

I'm clueless as to what aperture is and all of that and all I can say is I'm so glad that people know it to be able to get photos like this. They are absolutely gorgeous. That first one is unbelievable. Never seen the sky look like that and then to watch it as the sun set further...WOW Carletta. Excellent.

Sailor said...

Beautiful sky and the sun. Love all the pictures.

diane b said...

The texture is certainly unusual. It looks like boiling water. When you have mastered sunburst let me know. Lovely shots and text.

WyTography said...

MY jaw dropped all of the way from Oklahoma when I saw that first picture! I can't imagine seeing that in person! Unbelievably stunning pictures!

P.S. My aperture and I had a long conversation about trying to work things out together...you know...for the kid. I ALWAYS forget to adjust that thing!

George said...

What a great photo sequence. I really like the sky in that first picture. It's awesome.

JunieRose2005 said...

Fantastic skies, Carletta! I'm constantly amazed at the wonder of it all! Thanks for the beautiful captures you're sharing today!

Junie

Riet said...

What a beatiful series of photo's Carletta.

Pearl Maple said...

simply beatiful
lucky day for you with all those pretty views of the sky
thanks for sharing with sky watch friday

Carver said...

The textured sky is wonderful in the first shot and I love the sequence where you see the changes over time in the last two.

VALKYRIEN said...

The clouds on that first shot is so wonderful! Great shots!

Gary said...

Wow a wrinkley sky!! Wonder what that means? Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

EG Wow said...

I very much like the texture in your first photo. To me it looks a bit like paper mache.

Sylvia K said...

We've had a few of those here and I've managed to get a couple of pretty good shots, but the first one of yours is incredible! I love the textured feel, fantastic! Hope you have a great weekend, Carletta!!

Sylvia

Robin said...

Amazing how quickly it changes. That first shot is incredible. Is that what they call a mackerel sky?

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Ebie said...

The clouds so soft, I could be floating up there!

Titania said...

CARLETTA, IT IS A BEAUTIFUL END OF THE DAY. PHOTOGRAPHY IS EXCELLENT.

Rose said...

My jaw about dropped when I saw that first photo, too! And the others are just so beautiful....so serene and peaceful looking.

eileeninmd said...

Wow, Carletta the cool clouds and neat looking texture shot. And the last shot is just gorgeous, a pretty ending to the day. Happy Skywatching!

Mimi said...

Carletta, these are fabulous images, I've never seen anything like that first, textured one.
Aren't sunsets amazing? And each one is different!

jo©o said...

Unreal.
That first one.
I only change aperture of distance or close-up. Never know what to do about sun shots. What would you have set it at if you'd remembered?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh Carletta, they are all GREAT.. I love seeing the sunset --at all different levels... Your 3rd picture is just awesome.
Hugs,
Betsy

Smalltown RN said...

Clouds, the sun peaking through the trees...ah it doesn't get much better than that...wonderful photos!

Oh and I loved the background music...very nice!

Ms. Burrito said...

So pretty!

Would you come and see my Sky Watch entry? Thanks a lot!

ladyfi said...

The texture of that sky is gorgeous! What a wonderful sight.

Liz said...

Wonderful photos.

Liz @ A Simple Life

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Gattina said...

These clouds in the first picture are amazing they look like a fabric for a wedding dress, very romantic !

Kim, USA said...

I love your photos they are different from each other but very beautiful!!

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Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

What a perfect half hour (a little less, if I added up all my seven minuteses)....beautiful. That first picture does look painterly.

Glad you had your camera with you ; thanks for sharing!!!!

quilly said...

That sky is incredible!

LauraX said...

amazing texture in that first photo, wow!

Neal said...

Wow...that first picture looks unreal. I love the last one.