The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
-Psalm 19:1

Do you know that God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash?
-Job 37:15

Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Windy day... sun dogs.... chasing the sun

Well, my suspicions were accurate... no weather for me. I got a decent rain last night, I think (still no operational rain gauge... I need to remember to get that fixed before CoCoRaHS starts up in Georgia). The ground was wet, but I did not awaken to any thunderous claps in the night (not that I am an easy one to awaken). It was fun to watch the temperature fall this morning. It dropped 9 degrees during the hour that I watched TWC this morning. The high today was 62, which happened at about 6:30AM... it's all down hill from here, and the wind is pushing hard. Nothing like what occurred yesterday well north and west of here. 204 wind reports... with winds rating at 80mph in some places. Check out the storm reports by clicking on the map. Wild, wild weather we are having...

Since Ma Nature hasn't given me any weather to chase, I have taken to chasing the sun, once again. It's nice when it sets a little bit later, so I have time to get to a good viewing point, and when it's not so late that I am busy with Mini-Dew when it happens. My location for shooting sunsets is constantly changing because of development in the area. My beautiful views are being overtaken by "growth". As it is, my current view has an eye sore of a billboard smack dab in the middle of it. I might have to seek out some western views this weekend. At my current location, I have truck drivers looking at me like I am a fool. Maybe, I am... I was able, once again, to see sun dogs, not as impressive as some others I have been able to see, but I did get to see the faint sun dog on the other side this time, and I had a nice display of colors in the remnant of a contrail. You might have to click on the image and view it larger in order to see it well.Of course, I have to give kudos to Mike Hollingshead, who has shot the best sun dog with halo, I have ever seen (It's at almost the bottom of the page of several other pics that are equally impressive and awesome). I don't know how he does it, but I wish I had the talent for it, like he does... maybe it's another matter of my geographic misplacement. Great work, Mike. I love sun dogs.

Then, there is this morning. I mentioned that there was a nice rain last night... well, that cleared up, leaving cool air and wind, and a beautifully magnificent field of altocumulus clouds, covering the sky like a warm cottony blanket. For some reason, altocumulus clouds remind me of my favorite clouds, mammatus, so I always photograph them, when I see them. The fluffy white altocumulus against the crisp blue sky was a nice contrast. Of course, I was sitting at the stop sign in my neighborhood shooting pics out my window, when a neighbor drove by sharing the all too common "What-on-Earth-are-you-doing?! look" that I have come to know and love. I responded with a big cheeser grin. Do people not see the same sky I see? How can they not stop to appreciate it once in a while? God's canvas. Too magnificent of an art display to miss out, imo.

As for weather... well, it looks like tomorrow is forecast to be a big day, well to my west, and then an encore presentation, well to my east. Here I sit, in the middle basking in the nothingness of the Dewvoid... seriously, the slight risk covers everything far west of here, then things picks back up on the Georgia coast. Nothing I can Dew about it.

It's laughable how the weather seems to go around me... Trust me, if I chase it, it will vanish.

Have a great day!


  1. Awesome sky shots I really like the clouds that look like they are chalk drug sideways across a blue colored chalk board.

  2. Great cloud shots. The alto cumulus are gorgeous with the lovely blue sky.

  3. Annie, great way to describe cirrus clouds. I like those because they are so faint, and they usually have the most beautiful patterns, and I love the way the sun plays with them.

    Bethy, Thanks, my dear! I love photographing the sky. I want you to know that you have given me hope with regard to taking macro shots. I am going to check into a macro lens for my point and shoot. Hooray!

    Mike, Thanks!!! Ms. Dew... cute.


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