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



Thursday, July 23, 2009

The sky is melting

SKY WATCH FRIDAY time! I am SUPER busy with stimulus yuck, so I might not get a chance to say hi. Please don't take offense. Thanks for the visit in advance. Our hosts: Klaus Sandy Ivar Wren Louise Fishing Guy

Thanks, also,to Dot and Tom, who were instrumental in the success of this blogging event. You should definitely come fly with us!

So... weather here is still boring at best... unfortunately, we are back in our dry spell, with days on end of no rain at all. I won't complain though, in light of the serious drought conditions in Texas. Fortunately, I am being entertained with some stunning sunsets day after day. Yesterday was a really awesome one, offering the sun setting into a layer of smoky haze, no doubt trapped in a seriously capped environment. The haze allowed the sun to show as a ball of fire in the sky, discernible as a brilliant ball hovering above the horizon, bouncing in the smoky haze.I love the way the sun appears to be melting the sky around it... I know that's just some sort of lens flare (perhaps y'all can help me with the proper name for it), but I sure do love the effect on the photo.

Of course, given my location, I was limited in my westward view. Mini-dew and I had to seek out a spot to shoot this beautiful sight, since my typical westward view has been inundated with power lines... grrrr... (I do like the bird on the wire effect here though...)
Well, in weather news, 4 workers in Michigan were injured when they hid under a tree in a lightning storm... they are hospitalized. Don't hide under a tree folks. A low pressure system, now off the coast of the Carolinas has little chance of development, and maintains its disorganized messiness. It will likely cause rip currents and rain. Still no Ana.

Have a great day!
~Dewdrop

48 comments:

  1. Stunning sunset! Very nicely placed above the rooftops~
    Those poor workers... Hiding under a tree is a no-no...but there must be something instinctual in us that brings us under the trees in a storm...
    ~Grace & Joy~
    Maria

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  2. beautiful captures and the flare sets it off so nicely.

    we had a thunderstorm during the night and i cracked the window open so i could enjoye the fresh air :)

    have a most wonderful weekend.

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  3. I could make do with a beautiful sunset like that to beat the force of the monsoons in my city.

    It does look like it is melting the sky, lens flare or not.

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  4. Oh wow, ball of fire. I think that's what the elders used to scare us when we were kids. When we were bad and disobedient, they would tell us wait another hour and the ball of fire is coming to take you bad kids away. So we would just run back inside the house and wouldn't come out.

    Come back and see what I've got for skywatch. I've been very busy lately; hence the "later than usual" posting.

    May I say, I think this post is my favorite so far.

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  5. I mean most favorite since I have plenty from your past posts.

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  6. Awesome!. Great shots as always.
    Happy weekend.

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  7. That is lovely and very restful.

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  8. those are really baeutiful photos......do you fancy popping by my blog and identifying my clouds for me..AGAIN!!!!!!

    thanks,

    Gill in Canada

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  9. Stunning, fantastic shots! Such dramatic colors! And yes, it does look as if the sun is melting! Love it!
    Have a great weekend!

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  10. Lovely. I do like the melting sun effect.

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  11. So very very besutiful pictures, the sky is almost in fire :-)

    Have a nice weekend, from Anne in Norway.

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  12. Beautiful pictures Dew Drop, what a great view to end the day on.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Very good post and very good advise.

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  14. Those are magnificent sunset shots. Happy Skywatching!

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  15. Pretty views of the sky, thank you for making sky watch friday such a colourful and interesting party.

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  16. Wow, that last one reminds me of music notation (it's called a 'whole note' or 'breve') on a stave. Talk about music of the spheres!

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  17. Sure is a beautiful colour. Who'd have thought haze could make the sky pretty? Why YOU, of course. ;-)

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  18. I can imagine why you are not too happy with all those power lines, but the effect on the picture is great!

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  19. Looks like the "melting" might have actually been cause by clouds (strato-something I think they're called). Also it's possible that the anti-alias filter in your camera didn't know what to do with you shooting directly into the sun (not the greatest practice BTW). But it's cool... no doubt about it!

    Figures there'd be a low squatting off our coast this weekend... since I'm taking a 3-day weekend to go to the beach! (Oh well, maybe I'll get a chance for another lightning shot. My first one got raves!)

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  20. Stunning captures! It does look like the sky is melting around the sun.

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  21. Beautiful shot effect and colours.

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  22. Fine photos! Thanks for doing Skywatch.

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  24. Beautiful! Has that Egyptian "feel"!!

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  25. I don't know what you call that effect either, but I like it. Doesn't it look HOT, though?

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  26. Beautiful sunset shots...the haze is good for something....

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  28. Hi there,

    Again on your blog, very nice SWF entry, love the first one the most!!

    Well done!!

    Have a great SWF

    Greetings from NL

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  29. What would we do without dewdrops! Lovely over the buildings..

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  30. Stimulus yuck sound like something you take a trip to the dr's for. I'm knocked out by the peachy glow which could be shot over my house.

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  31. What a beautiful sky! S

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  32. This is a stunning show pf the "great ball of fire" for your photo.

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  33. Beautiful shots, I like the colors.
    There's always something about the weather ... Overhere we've had lots of rain in july so far ...
    Anyway, enjoy your weekend.

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  34. wonderful light bleeding into a red sky~

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  35. Nice skywatch shots. gorgeous sunset.

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  36. Love the color in this one! And the varied rooftops give an interseting silhouette to the image.

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  37. Beautiful sunset pictures!!
    Had to come check out the other Dewdrop!!

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  38. Simply dew-rific with the rooftops and the sun at JUST the right moment. You were waiting, camera in hand!

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  39. These are terrific! I'm not sure if it's the sky melting or the sun - regardless I love it.

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  40. Absolutely wonderful & amazing sky.
    Happy Friday!

    ♥Ita

    p.s. Pls stop by at Something To Share anytime, I just love company.

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  41. Fantastic shots !! The weather is really looking great..Thanks for sharing some amazing shots !!Unseen Rajasthan

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  42. Stunning! Have a great weekend.

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  43. I love these photos--I especially like the second one with the red ring around the sun. Looks like it got caught in the wires and was electrocuted! Thanks for your lovely comment about my host photo.

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  44. Very nice shots of the radiant sky.

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