Posts Tagged ‘sunset’

A Pair of Killdeer

My husband and I went for an evening drive. We usually stop at Ingram Hill for the long view to the mountains. It was close to sunset.

Two killdeer were busy in the gravel.

Killdeer are a vocal bird with a loud voice.

They don’t build nests in trees or shrubs.

They do place small rocks in the gravel for their nesting area.

These two didn’t try to draw our attention.

They probably used the color around them for protection. It was close to sunset and the light fading.

We went back the next night and there wasn’t a killdeer to see or hear.

Evening Light

Our days have been cloudy for what seems like a long time…

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which made this sunset even more attractive …

It was such an unusual sunset with such unusual shapes and colors.

A Wow Sunset

I sat in my rocker/recliner by the picture window in our living room recently.

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The sunset had just begun at 5:35 p.m.

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Fifteen minutes later …

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I hurried out in the front yard and started snapping pictures,

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zooming out,

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and zooming back in.

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The clouds looked like a sandy barren landscape.

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… just so many patterns to look at!

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Then I changed a camera setting so I could extend this special time.

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The view was so wide, I kept changing the angle of the camera.

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I remained mesmerized.

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The earth’s rotation became obvious with the clouds getting lower in the sky.

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Obviously, I’ll continue to check the sunsets every night.

A Farewell To Ice

The temperature actually rose to 45 degrees this afternoon. We even had a heavy rain around noon, which included lightning and thunder twice.

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Buffy and I just got in from a celebratory walk around the backyard. I talked kindly to the ice, paid homage to it because there had to be a reason for it. I just didn’t know what.

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The ice stared back at me in several pictures.

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Ice only remained in the north side of the house, barn, trees and our shrub border.

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Some ice sheets remained above the ground and leaves.

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This ice “spirit” didn’t look too happy to be melting.

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It looked to me like every tiny “circle” had originally be a ball of sleet. The storm that resulted in this was from hours of sleeting and occasional freezing rain.

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Water was under the melting ice and pooled on the top too.

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I had the impression that the ice melting from the top released teeny air bubbles from what had been sleet pellets,

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where they congregated in groups.

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Maybe this one was excited to melt and be off to the next rain, ice or snow event.

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The head of an ice snake was all the ice that remained in the puddle by the side door.

The clouds cleared by suppertime. The wind lessened. The sun disappeared behind a pale darkening  sunset.

… two weeks to the day after the sleet/freezing rain storm.

Earth’s Shadow

When my best friend, Therese, emphatically said, “I didn’t know that!” I knew there was a blog.

Before the sun clears the horizon in the morning, it casts a shadow of the earth in the atmosphere in the west. I hurried out at 6:30 this morning to capture the blue of the shadow. The shadow tapered downward to the north and south. It didn’t last long. Obviously it’s the earth rotating, not the sun rising.

This happens in the reverse in the evening. After the sun sinks below the horizon, the earth’s shadow rises in the east.

Eagle Diary — April 26

Well …. eagle viewing proved to be a challenge this week.

Wednesday, April 25. Arrived at 9:30 a.m. and no adult eagles in or around the nest. Three turkey vultures soared over the woods west of the nest. Clouds were thickening. Temperature 68 and storms were possible later in the day. I drove past the nest to where I usually turn around. Besides wishing I had a periscope, I wished I had bionic ears. My best friend did see both adults on the nest on Sunday. So I wasn’t worried.

Thursday. We arrived aound 10 a.m. No adults again. A great blue heron flew by. The only clouds were wind-stretched jet contrails. It was windy and already 77 degrees. My first monarch butterfly of the year fluttered by. We waited patiently for a little while before we left. On the way past the nest, I stopped and used my “deer ears” (hands cupped behind my ears) to see if I could hear any eaglet noises. They only amplified the wind noise. I did hear a frog, though.

Then I thought often during the day that I’d go in the evening. Surely they would be there then, plus I could see the nest with a sunset behind it.  This time I made a quiet get-a-way and left Buffy with my husband. Imagine my surprise and frustration when I pulled up at 6:30 and still no adults! I parked in my usual spot and sat there watching and listening to birds, and journaling. And I waited… and waited.

Obviously, I don’t think like an eagle, because I expected at least one would be at the nest in the evening. I took the sunset picture and left for home. Think I’ll wait until next Wednesday and try again … of course I am curious and a tad concerned.

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