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A Certain Kind Of Sky. October 29, 2010

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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So there’s a certain kind of sky I’ve seen through the years which, while not completely uncommon in the Northeast, happens only occasionally and is somewhat under-represented in New England landscape photography: the Dark Sky Over Sunlit Earth.  It almost always occurs as a powerful afternoon storm moves eastward, clearing the  western horizon and letting in the slanting rays of the sun.

While it’s mostly a summertime sight, I was moved to pull over in the hills of Colrain this evening as departing rain clouds formed a dark backdrop for sunlight on a stand of birches on the slope below me.

But I was barely out of the car when the patch of sun disappeared, leaving me with just the dark clouds over an unspectacular post-peak landscape:

Without my graduated filters, I blew out the sky trying to get some detail in the unlit trees; I guess that’s what happens when one wanders around without one’s tools.

But then, as I tracked the line of storm clouds southward, one of them dropped its gifts through a low band of slanting light, creating this marvelous surprise way down-valley:

I found this scene dramatic in a way which reminded me of things I’ve seen out west, and was pleased to be where I was for the minute or so that it lasted.

I hope you like it too.  😉


1. Bob - October 29, 2010

Oh, I do like it. Both of them, actually, but the lower one… wow. I’ve seen the like in the Boone area, and it is — in the real sense — awesome.

2. Bob - October 29, 2010

In fact, and this is not exactly what you’ve got above, but this was posted just this morning on the Book of Faces…

3. clairz - October 30, 2010

Love that second photo. If you like skies, you should come over! These skies a week ago were the most amazing I’d ever seen: http://zeesgowest.blogspot.com/2010/10/storm-that-didnt-for-skywatch.html

4. littlebangtheory - October 30, 2010

Glad you liked them, Cuz – I’m partial to the second one as well!

And Clairz, those are totally amazing – I’m humbled!! (Everybody follow that link!!) 🙂

5. susan - November 1, 2010

That second one really is a great photo. They’re such rare events but I’ve been lucky enough to see a few too.

Now I’ll go have a quick look at Clairz link.

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