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, December 03, 2009

Cotton ball sky

SKY WATCH FRIDAY time! Welcome all sky fans!!! I truly appreciate your visit and comments. I might not have time to respond to you, but I will try my best to visit!!!

Our hosts: Klaus Sandy Sylvia 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!

Greetings from south Georgia. I have been promising Thanksgiving pics from our wonderful family Thanksgiving festivities, and I plan to do that today, but first, allow me to share with you, one of my more memorable skies. We have had several days of blanketed skies full of altocumulus clouds. An altocumulus sky resembles a bed of cotton balls in the sky. This one is especially memorable because it is from our wonderful sunset/sunrise trip, the one that occurred while tornado warnings were blaring back home for an "actually seen tornado", which turned out to be a microburst. Regardless of the missed chasetunity, it was a wonderfully romantic trip that my amazingly wonderful groom (gtb at the time) planned for me as a surprise. You can read more about that here. Oh, and here is my opinion about the missed storm. Anyhow, that's my sky shot for today. The Altocumulus sky made for an amazing sunset that evening.I'll briefly touch on yesterday's weather since there were watches and actual warnings throughout the day yesterday. The line of storms that passed through here lost much of their intensity just before arrival and then, ramped back up to produce significant rotation just beyond here... are we surprised??? I think not. Generally, the big story in this storm was the flooding rain and ferocious wind. One tornado was reported in the panhandle, but generally... that's all folks. Now, onto our Thanksgiving, which was wonderful in every way. We had much of my wonderful groom's family over to partake in our feast consisting of 2 big birds and all the fixin's! It was my wonderful groom's first time frying a turkey, but we are all SO GLAD he took the time to do it. It was scrumdiddlyumptious in all its juicy yumminess! He brined the turkey for many many hours while it thawed, and the men rigged up an Alton Brown-style lowering system for the bird, involving a ladder and some coat hook contraption. One hour later, voila! Here are some pics to capture the essense of our day.Incidentally, the tree behind the men in the picture above was struck by lightning the same day I caught this shot.Yeppers, same tree... :DI hope each of your Thanksgivings were blessed!

Have a great day!


  1. Great clouds, as always, but it was the turkey that really got me! Alton Brown meet Rube Goldberg!

  2. Oh Dew,first the sky is amazing as usual. Now for hte most impt part = the deep fried turkey looks so good. Having missed thanksgiving this year on account of being abroad, I am salivating at the golden deliciousness of your bird.

  3. These are fantastic shots, as always.

    All the best
    Regina In Pictures

  4. Fantastic shots, Dew!! Wow! The lighting capture is awesome! The first two -- except for the two you -- almost looks otherworldly! Terrific! And, by the way, so is the turkey!! Looks like a great day was had by all!



  5. Beautiful cotton ball skies.


  6. Love those cotton ball clouds. They are super. Yum is my comment on the turkey. :-) Thanks for sharing.

  7. Wow that sunset is just amazing.

    As a english veggie the gun and the turkey make me nervous - looks like you had a fab thanks giving though!


  8. That sky photo is amazing! I love the texture!

    Wow! Your Thanksgiving looks like it was ton of fun! Next year, invite me. ;-)

  9. Dew: Beautiful captures of a fun time on turkey day. Looks like the hubby was being a turkey carrying a gun to the fryer. Great shot of the lightning.

  10. Cute clouds this week and looks like you had a fun thanksgiving.

  11. I enjoyed all your activities for today. However, the clouds are breathtaking. Love seeing nature in such beauty.

  12. I love that red sky but you guys posing in front of the cotton balls is awesome! Great post- my best to you-

  13. whew! the warm colored cloudy sky and the...hmmmm...deep-fried turkey! both are extremely great! :D

    Happy skywatching and happy weekend!

  14. Wow love those pictures and makes me hungry of those food on the table yum yum!!

    My SkyWatchFriday-Sunset

  15. I am happy you had a great Thanksgiving. Wonderful photos, especially loved the sunset and the photo of you two with the cotton ball clouds. Great skywatching.

  16. that cotton-ball cloud picture is pretty incredible!!! Nice colors in the second shot too happy skywatch =)

  17. What a beautiful sky, it looks almost golden.

    I've never tasted a fried turkey but from the way everyone raves about it it sounds terrific.

  18. Wow Dew, Great shots, and good text. The cloudformations in the first two are stunning.

    Happy SWF

  19. These are stunning photos. Looks like it was a wonderful thanksgiving. Nice use of the clouds as the background.

    Have a great weekend.

    Alex's World! -

  20. Awesome photos! Love the clouds and the lightning shot. :)

    I've never had fried turkey before... I'm gettin' hungry just looking at your pictures.

    Have an awesome day!

  21. Another beautiful sky and I love the story of your trip to Cedar Key, you tornado chasing crazy woman, you!

  22. OOooohhhh an absolutely SWEET photo of the two of you with that sky behind. Magnificent. Of course, I have to comment...I thought You were the storm chasers! Whats up with the storm chasing you while you fry that big bird????

  23. Excellent capture on the lightning! Sounds like it was a little too close for comfort.

    The sunset and the 'cotton' clouds is beautiful.

  24. Those cottonball clouds are so cool! Really fantastic shots and the photo of the lighting is awesome! We love to fry our turkey, but this year I roasted it instead and it was good, but not near as good as fried. Looks like you all had a great thanksgiving.

  25. Your sky shots are wonderful. Just gorgeous.
    Your meal looks gorgeous, too.

  26. Your skies and the explanation always fascinate me, but in this case, they're trumped by the turkey contraption. I am so fascinated ....

    I'll also say that your groom's a keeper (romantic, and he cooks? clone him!) - but you've obviously figured that out already.


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