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Not To Keep Sylvia Waiting… December 28, 2008

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.

I mentioned in the last post that I’d given up on my search for landscape photo opportunities around noon today, opting instead to come home, debone the turkey and consolidate the leftovers from yesterday’s Holiday meal.

Hey, I’m not made of gas, you know!

So I did that, punctuated with doing an on-line weather watch, and being satisfied by the forecast of thickening clouds.  I was glad to not have squandered an afternoon driving around when I should have been doing house chores.

Then, a little after four, the cloud cover cracked, and the western sky resolved into a riot of pink and  fuschia puffs separated by  coronas of fire-pit orange.

I drew a blind so my daughter could see the show, and all the while I lamented my lack of prescience, noting that by the time I’d gotten dressed and out to a clear vantage point, it would doubtless be too late.   As if to illustrate my point, the spectacle on the western horizon diffused into nondescript bands of orange, and I closed the blind in resignation.

Back in the kitchen, my south-facing window was aglow, and one quick look caused me to dive for my camera, crank it up to ISO 3200 and lean against the cleanest piece of glass I could find on short notice.

It wasn’t very clean, and adding the low, scuttling clouds and branches in the foreground, the result will never be in a calendar, but you get the picture:


It was an OK consolation prize for a guy standing in his kitchen in his long johns.  🙂


1. Sylvia Kirkwood - December 28, 2008

Ah, CR! you never disappoint me! And look at those colors — I don’t care how long you stood in the kitchen in your long johns! You should do this for a living, my friend, you are one very talented photographer! Thank you!

2. littlebangtheory - December 28, 2008

To be fair here, I just snapped off a photo of another more talented Artist’s work! 😆

3. Sylvia Kirkwood - December 28, 2008

Okay, okay, whatever, but your earlier photos are just as good. You’re just giving me a hard time tonight because I’m a demanding audience!

4. Fran - December 28, 2008

Oh my- as ever, I am astounded by what I find here… wow. Simply gorgeous.

And you in your long johns, not a bad thought either!!

5. The Pagan Sphinx - December 28, 2008

hehhe…some deserved attention from a couple of beautiful ladies! Good on you, CR!

I saw similar skies today driving home from North Adams. We passed by your place. Did you hear the honk? 🙂

I took some pictures too but nothing as breathtaking as this. Still, I hope you’ll check them out on my web album or I’ll let you know when I post for Sky Watch.

Also coming, some photos of ultra vibrant wall art by Sol LeWitt. I highly recommend it.

I’m glad EP got to see the sky display. Tell her I love her.


6. sherry - December 29, 2008

cool! i am hoping that one of the consolations of losing some of my oaks will be a better view of some sunsets!

7. Bobbie - December 29, 2008

Indeed, we do get the picture, and we love it. Long johns or not, dirty glass or not, you did good!

8. Sylvia Kirkwood - December 29, 2008

Oh, and by the way, you do the other “Artist” proud by showing the rest of us “His” work in such a beautiful way!

9. Frau Biergut - December 29, 2008

I would have been with you and just chucked a log on the fire and drawn a glass of wine, but I HAD to drive back east. I figured I should at least check out some favorite areas along the way. I mean B&W or color should look pretty good with fog and trees.

But I lucked out. Check out the blog http://www.lizzbartlett.blogspot.com

See you for oysters and bubbly on Wednesday!

10. littlebangtheory - December 29, 2008

Lizz, those are excellent, Smithers!!

Yes on Wednesday, and remember, the oysters are on me this time!

And sherry, I’m the Typo Fairy, remember? 😉 And yeah, views are great consolations!

11. Spartacus - December 30, 2008

Wow. Great shot; even if you missed the memo that says it’s okay to throw on sweatpants, a flannel shirt and untied work boots to take a great photo.

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