Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Sky Watch

Hello, Dear Friends, I hope that you enjoyed our celestial 
drama this week, and if you didn't get to experience it 
firsthand, I hope you were able to see it on television. 

I took these photos from one of those broadcasts and noticed 
the distinct colors of the auras from two different locations. 
The first was from Mexico, the second was from Ohio. 

It was wonderful to see the excitement of the people gathered 
together to share this rare event. 
There were even some young couples that were married 
during this moment. 
Something very special to tell their children, 
and if they are lucky, their grandchildren, too. 


"Three things cannot be long hidden: The Sun, the Moon, and the Truth."

- Confucius -


Here in Washington State, we've had sky drama of a different kind! 

It's been very cool and wet, with snow in the higher elevations, 
a bit of hail for us, and the occasional cold breeze ushering in the rain. 


"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine."

- Morris West -

A pair of bald eagles came sailing through, illuminated by a shaft of sunlight 
able to sneak in under the clouds, late in the day. 

Off they went, after performing beautiful arial acrobats together. 
I do hope they nest nearby. 


"Unclose your mind. You are not a prisoner. 
You are a bird in flight, searching the skies for dreams."

- Haruki Murakami -

And of course, they were followed by a raven, hoping to take 
advantage of any leftovers they might leave from a successful hunt. 

Rain showers glow from the late afternoon sun. 


"The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.
And why shouldn't it be? - it is the same the angels breathe."

- Mark Twain -

And then, the reward of a rainbow. 

A sweet little hummingbird pauses to enjoy the view. 


"Once you have tasted the taste of the sky, you will forever look up."

- Leonardo da Vinci -

One last spectacular lightshow to end the day. 


"When I admire the wonders of a sunset or the beauty of the moon,
my soul expands in the worship of the creator."

- Mahatma Gandhi -

Often, Mt. Rainier will provide us with a warning of approaching

The incoming weather will get caught up in the mountain's atmosphere,
swirling around and around. 

These swirly clouds will break free and rise into the sky, 
forming what's known as lenticular clouds. 

When these clouds form, we usually get rain within 24 hours. 

They are particularly spectacular at sunset. 

You can almost believe the mothership is landing! Lol!


"Earth and sky, woods and fields, lakes and rivers, the mountains and the sea
are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more
than we can ever learn from books."

- John Lubbock -

The next day, the clouds will start to move in. 

You can see a column rising from the summit of a hidden Mt. Rainier. 

Soon, the sky is completely gray. 


"You are my sunshine, my only sunshine.
You make me happy when skies are gray."

- Christina Perri -

Sometimes the mountain will peek out from a break in the clouds. 

And sometimes, the clouds will be high above. 


"Wherever you go, no matter what the weather, 
always bring your own sunshine."

- Anthony D'Angelo -

When the sun does come out, it's a cause for celebration. 

We are used to gray, cloudy weather this time of year. 

Our beautiful Stellar Jays compete with the blue of the sky. 

It was a beautiful spring day when we went for a drive to spend the day 
with the family on Easter. 

The grass is turning green, and the first leaves are sprouting on the trees. 

Pretty countryside under blue skies. 

"And still, after all this time, the Sun has never said to the Earth, 
'You owe me.'
Look what happens with love like that. 
It lights up the sky."

- Rumi -

Flowering trees lining a driveway. 
(Sorry for the glare through the windows)

Even the mountains take on the blue of the sky. 


"The day, water, sun, moon, night - I do not have to purchase 
these things with money."

- Plautus - 

Passing through a quaint little town. 


" So long as man is faithful to himself, everything is in his favor, 
government, society, the very sun, moon and stars."

- Henry David Thoreau -

Flowering trees as we arrive at our destination. 

No sky watch is complete without our lovely and mysterious moon! 

We had a wonderful day with our precious family 
under glorious skies. 


"Well, we all shine on, like the moon and the stars and the sun."

- John Lennon -

And the heavens reflected the true peace and blessings of the day. 

" There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; There is one
spectacle grander the sky, that is the interior of the soul."

- Victor Hugo -


I hope you are enjoying the beauty of the skies wherever you are, Dear Friends. 

No matter how far apart we might be, we all share the same sun, the same moon, 
and the same sky. 


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