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Eyes On The Skies

It’s been awhile since I’ve shared photos of sunrises or sunsets, so today seems like a good day to do that.

This was the sunrise one recent (very humid) morning.  In the next few weeks, the sunrise location will change, so we won’t have such a clear view.

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The sunsets have been pretty nice, too.  Just as the sunrise location changes with the seasons, so does the one for the sunsets.  We don’t see the sunsets as well during the fall/winter months.

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This next picture was taken “on the road”.  Motor Man and I were crossing a nearby bridge one morning just after sunrise. This cottage replaced one that washed away during a hurricane several years ago.

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One of my Facebook friends recently posted a photo of a cloud that resembled a flying fish.  I, too, have noticed some “animal-shaped” clouds recently. I thought this one looked somewhat like a wild boar.

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And I was undecided about the cloud in the center of this next photo.  My first thought (of course) was that it looked like a horse. But, then, once I uploaded the pictures to my computer, I saw a dragon. (He even seemed to be breathing fire…)

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The sky is sometimes a busy place.  Do you find yourself looking for shapes within the clouds? It’s a leftover pastime from our childhood, I suppose.

~These Days Of Mine~

The Setting Sun

When I saw this prompt on Mama Kat’s list this week, I knew it would be my choice:

3.) A blog post inspired by the words: setting sun

The setting sun is a big deal around our house. (Sometimes the sunrise is, too, but if we’re at home in the evening, we’re checking the sky to see what the sunset holds in store. And, even if we aren’t home and aren’t in a location to get a good picture, we still enjoy a pretty sunset.)

I don’t recall ever paying much attention to sunrises and sunsets until Motor Man came into my life.  But I’ve more than made up for that in the past sixteen years.

Most evenings, Bride and/or Groom Swan are here to enjoy the setting sun with me.

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I’ve found that clouds always add interest to a sunset.

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As does smooth-as-glass water.

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And a photogenic, willing model is always a plus.

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Once I began dabbling in this hobby of photography, I learned about the golden hour.  It can occur at sunrise or sunset, and the lighting is amazing.

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I may have shared this quote before. It was on a poster at the convalescent center when my mom was a patient there many years ago, and it’s one that I’ve always remembered. I’m sorry that I’m not able to determine the author.

The sun setting
is no less beautiful
 than the sun rising.

Mama’s Losin’ It

~These Days Of Mine~

All In An Evening

The sky last Tuesday evening proved to be quite interesting.

First, around 7:30, Motor Man spotted this beautiful white cloud over the marina, and I headed outside with the camera.

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Further to the west, about 30 minutes later, the setting sun was hidden behind clouds.

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Oh, look who came to watch the sunset with me.

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I think he knows I like taking pictures of him, especially this time of day.

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It’s starting to get dark, Groom; you’d better be going wherever it is that swans go at night.

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And, finally, this of the sun reflecting in another white cloud; it’s the last picture I took that evening, about an hour after the first one.

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Groom Swan and I certainly enjoyed the show.

~These Days Of  Mine~

While We Wait….

Well, winter storm #2 is scheduled to hit us later today.   The weather folks are guessing predicting 2-5 inches for our immediate area. Or 7-10 inches, depending on which tv station you watch.

I can’t help but think that, if my mother were here, she’d have a pretty good idea of what to expect. She’d either say that she wasn’t “studyin’ {worrying} about that storm”, meaning that the storm won’t amount to anything. Or she’d say: “Papa used to say when you see {insert reference to some sign in nature}, we were going to have a heavy snow”, meaning we’d better batten down the hatches.

Yesterday, our high temp was 63. Around sunset, I happened to glance out the window, and immediately ran to get the camera out of my car.

As soon as I stepped out of the door, I took this first picture. I was afraid the sun would slip below those dark clouds, and I’d lose that gorgeous golden light on the marsh.

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 I’ve taken dozens, maybe hundreds, of photos of the marina in all sorts of weather (and shared many of them with you), but I’ve never seen the colors as vivid as they were yesterday afternoon.

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And the entire time I was taking pictures, these friends were waiting impatiently for corn. (I fed them an extra amount to fortify them for the storm.)

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The light was changing quickly; the dark blues were becoming more aqua.

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Quite a change in our weather today. This morning, it’s 26.

And now, we watch and wait…

~These Days Of Mine~

Photo By Motor Man

One afternoon last week, we were on our way to Motor Man’s parents’ house. I was driving and mentioned how pretty the clouds were. Motor Man asked if I wanted a picture, so I pulled over, and he took this.

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As I’ve been looking through the photos on my computer this week, this one keeps catching my eye. I think it’s not only the beautiful blue of the clouds, but also the green grass and the gold of the freshly harvested winter wheat in the foreground.

And then, of course, the stately old home, known as the Jordan House,  in the background. Although vacant with its windows boarded up, it’s still standing proud.

I think I need to hand the camera over to Motor Man more often.

So Rare

“And what is so rare as a day in June? Then, if ever, come perfect days;


Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,


 And over it softly her warm ear lays;


Whether we look, or whether we listen,


We hear life murmur, or see it glisten.”

―     James Russell Lowell

Recent Random Favorites

Today: a few recent photos that struck my fancy.

I’ve shared pictures before of the Jordan House, located just outside the town limits of Smithfield.  This was taken one day at sunset, back in January, when we had just a little snow still on the ground (and on the roof).

jordan house

Also in January, our great niece, Lilly, celebrated her first birthday. I thought this was a cute shot of her with big sister, Livy.

livy and lilly

A smug “smile” from Sundae girl.

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Anyone else see “footprints” in these clouds?


I never seem to remember that daffodils begin blooming in February.


Even though the current weather doesn’t correspond, we can only hope that this means spring is just around the corner.