Sunday, December 12, 2010

(Day 346) Messengers in the sky

There are a lot of things I'm not, and one of those is a meteorologist. My forecasting 'expertise' is limited to knowing a few phrases such as 'red sky at night, sailor's delight' and 'red sky in the morning, sailors take warning'. If there's no red sky at all, I have to turn on the TV or radio to find out.

Real weather forecasters of course have all sorts of modern technical tools to help them make their predictions. But in the days before all this wonderful technology, observant people would watch the sky for signs of pending weather, hence the origin of these folk wisdoms. This afternoon, armed with the knowledge of a pending cold front, we went for a walk with friends while the weather was still cooperative. One of the first signs we noticed of a 'change in the air' was the rapid change from a bright blue sky to the cloud formation below. We managed to get our walk in before these clouds gave way to much darker clouds, accompanied by a driving rain, gusty winds, and much cooler weather.

I did a little research early this evening, and I think these are altocumulus clouds (remember what I'm not). I stand to be corrected by a real expert out there. At any rate, I find clouds to be fascinating harbingers of weather to come.

(10-22mm  f11  1/1000 sec  ISO200)

click on photo to enlarge

I'm trying to regularly participate in Scott's Sunset Sunday so here's one of the sunset photos I made on our recent dinner cruise:

(10-22mm  f16  1/13 sec  ISO200)

22 comments:

Scott said...

Love the sun's rays, the soft pink of the clouds and the pink reflections off the bumps in the water. Thanks for sharing.

S. Etole said...

Both very great photos ...

Ruth said...

Both of these images are stunning.I am fascinated by clouds and weather.Perhaps if I had been given the chance I would have become a meteorologist.:)
Blessings,Ruth

Lisa RedWillow said...

Im with you on the weather and a sky watcher also. The clouds and how they move seem to tell me of coming weather. The trails you captured means a change or wind for certian and colors in the sky.
Love Love your photos.

Carolyn Ford said...

Approaching weather does give us many clues if we bother to notice! What great skies...both of them!

Leovi said...

I love the silhouettes of vegetation on the blue and white and beautiful sky with these clouds. In the second frame with a nice soft tones

chasity said...

you are living it up down there aren't you?!

looks amazing.

Barefoot from Heaven said...

Ha love the clouds always...like these.
Heb je een nat pak over gehouden??? Had ik graag even gezien dat jullie de sokken erin gezet hebben.

For now always love sunsets...even taken on a boat while you're having dinner making me drool....
Have a fun day (with lots of sunshine, because that's why you're out there right?).
Hugs Dag

marty said...

les nuages sont toujours beaux et les couchers
de soleil aussi ! et en plus il ne pleut jamais
là où tu es !! quelle chance !
bisous sans nuages à toi et belle semaine !!

Dawn said...

Something magical about sky watching...whether you are the weather man or not! (and lately...I think I can forecast the weather just as well as they....it seems they always are a "bit" off;))

Cloud Captures are my favorite.

(And thank you for that Link you sent me the other day to watch about Going Home. It was wonderful.)

The Whimsical Gardener said...

Gorgeous cloud formations! My recent trip to Big Bend opened my eyes to the fascination and joy of photographing them. Beautiful capture!

CarreraCaballo said...

Your title is sooo true and the first photo is a messenger indeed :-)

Did you move to Florida?

Greetz,


Joseph

Farmchick said...

Love the dinner cruise photo. Such great colors and light.

teca said...

I loved both photos, but the second one is my favorite!
The angle of the photo is spectacular! Gave a welcoming air to the image.
Many beijos, dear friend.

imac said...

2 grand shots My friend, watch out for our Headers this week,lol.

Rick said...

Thank you Scott !

Thanks Susan !

Ruth - thanks for your comments, and you know, you can still be an amateur meteorologist (aren't we all ;-)

Thank you Lisa - I'm not too good at predicting based on clouds - I watch them more because of the fascinating shapes they can produce. And yes, these certainly heralded a change in the weather !

Rick said...

You're right Carolyn - and so often we don't even notice, unless there's a major storm heading our way. Thanks.

Thank you Leovi - I love silhouettes against an interesting sky.

Well, not sure if we'd call it 'living it up' but we haven't had to shovel anything. yet. Thanks Chas ;-)

LOL Dag - nee, helemaal geen nat pak ;-) The sunset on the cruise was beautiful - I was the only one who stayed out on the deck. Yes, sunny, but getting quite cool - for Florida - might be down to 2C tonight. brrr.

Rick said...

Clouds are beautiful Marty - I agree (you always do such a nice job of capturing them). We actually did get some rain yesterday and tonight will be quite cool (2C). Merci pour les bisous chauds and I return many warm ones along with lots of sunshine ;-)

I'm with you on the forecasters' capabilities Dawn - they used to provide a 4-day forecast in Calgary which was good for 12 hours. at best. And you're very welcome for the link - glad you enjoyed it.

Hi Cat - I'll have to come look at some more of your Big Bend photos - the last I saw were beautiful !

Thanks Joseph - I could stand to learn a lot more about clouds. Yes, we moved to Florida - but only temporarily. Going back 'home' on the weekend for Christmas - hope to be back here in 3 weeks, till about April.

Rick said...

Thank you Farmchick !

The sunset that evening was spectacular. Thank you for your comment Teca - I hope your week is wonderful and I send many sunny beijos !

Thank you mac; I'll keep my eyes 'peeled' ! ;-)

AleR said...

I love clouds, and Ilove it's photos! Great shot and great story!!!

Rick said...

Thanks for dropping by and leaving a comment AleR - much appreciated.

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