SkyWatch Friday: Colorado

(Poudre Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park)

We had some beautiful skies here in the Bogs yesterday.  The clouds cleared out and the color was an autumnal blue — that clear, crisp, gorgeous blue we normally see in late September and October.

I can’t show you those skies, though.  I was busy getting caught up around the house, processing and freezing vegetables, and getting ready for a visit with my granddaughters this weekend.  I did get out to enjoy the lovely weather and beautiful skies, but didn’t bother with the camera.  To be honest, I still haven’t uploaded all of the photos from our Colorado trip and the thought of more photos to sort through is not appealing to me at this time.  I enjoyed the day and gave no thought at all to taking pictures.

The photo above is from our recent trip to Colorado.  The skies in Colorado were beautiful, too.  They seem to almost always have a deep blue clarity to them that we don’t see often here in the Bogs.  Sometimes, when the days were hot (as they frequently are in August), the skies reminded me of the desert.  The skies in Colorado are bigger than our skies here, too.  We have trees and hills and houses and all sorts of things that block clear views of the sky and horizon.  But out there, the skies are wide open (unless you happen to be in a canyon, in between mountains).  It is one of my favorite things about Colorado.  I never feel claustrophobic there.

Rocky Mountain National Park is a wonderful place for watching the skies and for stargazing.  M and I went out there one night to enjoy looking at the night sky and to watch the meteor showers (the Pleides were at their peak that night).  One of the volunteers at the park is an astrologer and he gave a talk about the night sky, including showing us how to find and identify some of the summer constellations.  I found it all fascinating.

The skies in Colorado are almost constantly changing throughout the day.  At least that is how it has been during our two visits.  The mornings frequently start out clear and blue (as in the above photo taken at Grand Lake).  If you look carefully at that photo (click on it — or any of the photos — for a larger view), you’ll see some clouds building on the horizon.  Those clouds slowly moved in throughout the day.  Sometimes they brought rain.  Sometimes they didn’t.

We saw several rainbows while we were in Colorado.  I have no pictures to show, mostly because they would happen when we were driving down the road and my camera happened to be stored in the trunk of the car.  I usually keep it with me but there were a few times — rainbow times — when I would throw my backpack into the trunk, forgetting that my camera was still in it.

(Shadow Mountain Lake)

I have plenty of photos of the  Colorado skies to share with you in the coming weeks.  Perhaps that should be “in the coming months” as I took over 1500 photos during our two week trip.  It’s possible it’s much more than that but I refuse to admit it as it might make me look like a photography addict or something.

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In other news…

M and I are celebrating our 34th wedding anniversary today.  It’s a quiet celebration.  He’s at work doing his work thing and I’m at home with a bushel of tomatoes and another peck of peppers to process.  I’m going to make spaghetti sauce today, which can be frozen.  I’ll work on canning the rest of them sometime this weekend.  We’ll have a real celebration sometime next week (dinner out, champagne, etc.).

We’ll be going to the county fair tomorrow with our granddaughters and their parents, something that has become a bit of a tradition with us.  I’m looking forward to it.

Amazing skies

Doesn’t that scene make you want to lie down in the green, green grass and stare up at the sky?

We continue to have the most amazing skies as the summer progresses here in the Bogs of northeast Ohio.  Yesterday was a “Simpson’s cloud” kind of day where the clouds would roll in with lots of blue space in between.  Kind of reminds me of this song (even if I’m not in Arizona).

It was a gardening kind of day yesterday.  I’d show you a picture of my veggie garden but I’m afraid you wouldn’t be able to tell the veggies from the weeds.  It is that bad.  I’ll be out there again today, after I put in some time on Project Patio.  Today’s job is to shovel dirt.

(Afternoon reflections.)

The heat will be moving back in today.  The humidity will join the heat tomorrow.

(Evening reflections.)

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Studying the daylilies

I have a confession to make…

Sometimes I take pictures of the same things over and over and over again.  Regular, long-time visitors to Life in the Bogs might remember the sunflowers that I was absorbed with during my mother’s illness and death.  The daylilies are fascinating me lately.  Perhaps it is the color orange grabbing my attention.  Perhaps it is the lighting in the afternoon (which, as I understand it, is not the best time of day for photography but it seems to be working well with the daylilies).  Perhaps the sky and clouds are drawing my attention with the daylilies pointing the way.

Whatever the case, they have captured my attention.  These three photos were taken this week with no real conscious motivation other than I was out there at the time.  “The time” happens to be somewhere between 4:30 and 5:30pm when I go out just to breathe some fresh air and see what’s happening around the pond before I start to work on dinner and settle in for the evening.  (As always, click on the photos to see the larger version.)

Since there is plenty of sky in all three photos, I decided to make this a SkyWatch Friday post.  To see beautiful skies from around the world, click on the badge/link below.

Note to you Blogspot SkyWatch Friday folks:  I’ve been visiting quite a few of you but if you don’t have the name and url option, I am unlikely to leave a comment since I don’t like the other options.  There are some gorgeous skies out there!

(Yesterday’s view of the pond when the storms were just moving in.)

Look Up: First of the season

Just as we sat down to dinner last night, the first hot air balloon of the season came floating by.  Naturally I had to jump up, grab my camera, and go out to snap a few shots.  I didn’t notice until I looked at the photos on the computer that I had also captured a sun dog.

So I decided to make this a SkyWatch Friday post, too.  Click on the link to enjoy more beautiful skies from around the world.  Or post and submit your own SkyWatch Friday post.  You know you want to.  😀

And, as always, click on the photo to see the larger version.  These are not particularly good balloon shots (you can’t see the colors well because of the sunlight) but I do like the way the light is hitting the left side of the balloon in the first shot and the seredipitous sun dog in the second.

(Yesterday’s sunset.)

Look Up: Skywatch Friday

I know I promised I wouldn’t focus on clouds for the Look Up theme this month but it’s Friday and I thought this might be a good time to participate in Skywatch Friday once again.  I haven’t particpated in a while because I haven’t had the time to reciprocate the visits.  With rain coming this weekend, I should have plenty of indoor time to play on the computer and visit some of the other bloggers who went out and took photos of the sky.  If you’d like see some beautiful skies from around the world, visit the link above.

We had a storm front move through on Wednesday night.  The clouds started moving in just before sunset.  The lightning showed up after nightfall and the heavy rains came later that night.  Buckets and buckets of rain fell, accompanied by long flashes of lightning and crashes and rumbles of thunder.  It was quite a night.

The next morning (yesterday) was fresh and clean and beautiful with just a few puffy clouds here and there:

In other news…

My blog stats are looking up.  It’s a temporary situation and one that had me puzzled until someone congratulated me for being featured on WordPress.   Yesterday’s blog post about the lovely redbud tree was chosen for’s Freshly Pressed.  Thank you, WordPress!

Thank you, also, to all of the wonderful and friendly people who stopped by yesterday and today.  I appreciate your visits and your comments.  Yesterday’s tally was 1,101 visits.  So far today there have been over 400.  It’s been fun.


(073:  Night settling on the pond.  Photo © 2009 by Robin)

I took this photo last night, as the crescent moon was setting.  I have a few shots of the moon as well and will post those another day.  I’m a little late for SkyWatch Friday but it’s still going on through today so I thought I’d join the fun.

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It’s been a relatively quiet week here in the Bogs.  We had a friend over for dinner on Thursday but other that, not much going on.  It’s kind of nice.

I’m waiting for the cable guy today.  The modem has been working (or not working) sporadically.  It didn’t work at all for several hours yesterday.  It stopped working a few times this morning.  I’m sure that when the cable guy arrives it will work just fine because that’s how these things go.  Time Warner (the cable company) was unable to give me a timeframe for this appointment.  All I know is that the guy will phone first and it will be sometime today.

We’re thinking of going to Blossom tonight.  It depends on the weather.  It’s been raining this morning and more rain is expected later in the day.