Friday, July 19, 2013

Skywatch Friday


Since I discovered 'Skywatch Friday', I find myself watching the sky much more closely.  We have a lot of somewhat hazy days, but when you get the right conditions the sky is truly beautiful (or ominous - right now we're under a tornado watch and severe thunderstorm warning).  But these photos are from one week ago today, when it was sunny, clear and very blue for my paddle into Bell's Lake.

As we started, just after 9 a.m., the sky was totally clear and brilliant blue, perfect conditions for a nice canoe exploration!  Some pretty great reflections too!

After about an hour, a few fluffy little cumulus clouds had begun appearing in the west, slowly moving our way, but not enough to block the morning sun.

Within what seemed like only a few minutes the fluffy small cumulus clouds started spreading and multiplying.  I understand the basics of the sun warming the morning air, the warm air rising and clouds forming.  But I presume the air temperature must reach a threshold up there at cloud level where clouds suddenly start forming all over the sky.


By the time we were finishing our paddle half an hour later, the sky was dotted with white clouds from horizon to horizon.  I watched during the rest of the day, and quite quickly in early evening the process reversed itself, and all the clouds started disappearing until the evening sky was totally blue again.  An interesting sequence of cloud formation, spread and dissipation over the day, that I noticed all because I'm keeping a closer eye on the sky.

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14 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos of the changing sky. You might be interested in this website about sky watching: http://www.forspaciousskies.com/ I heard about it from the minister at our church who believes sky watching is a spiritual practice and she encouraged us to try it. I have been spending more time looking at the sky and it is a sort of meditation for me. I always feel calmer afterward.

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    1. Thanks for the suggestion; I'll check it out.

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  2. The shoreline trees seem strangely decimated. I like the reflections and deep blue colors in the first photo. It looks very peaceful, but deserted, there.

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    1. I'm still trying to figure out the water level. I think beaver must have flooded the stream at some point, killing trees around the shore. It's nice to find a lake like this that is deserted, instead of surrounded by cottages!

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  3. Great sequence of cloud studies!

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  4. A perfect sky indeed ! Thanks for the lovely sharing...

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  5. Beautiful scenic shots, the sky looks lovely! Happy weekend to you!

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  6. Truly the clouds look like huge white fluffy marshmallows to the imagination.

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    1. Thanks Cindy. I feel like I'm getting to know you through your own daily blog. I was through Wiarton last week, (but didn't need a cab). Up to Mar on Hwy 6, so I must have come somewhat close to your place. Cheers.

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  7. Thanks you all for your kind comments. It really was fascinating the way the clouds formed and then spread so quickly that day.

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  8. Hi There,

    My name is Fraser and I work for Airways New Zealand. I have been tasked with coming up with an ebook for training purposes within Airways. I am writing to ask if I may use the third image on this page?

    If you could please let me know what in the way of Attribution you would require as well that would be great.
    Kind Regards,
    Fraser

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  9. Fraser, yes I'm fine with you using that image. I'd be interested in a copy showing how you use it if that's possible. You should just attribute it to 'SeasonsintheValley' by the Furry Gnome, Markdale, Ontario. Thanks for asking.

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