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Thursday, January 5, 2012

SkyWatch Friday: Year end Year Begin

Looking back through the photographs I've taken since my last Skywatch post, it seemed appropriate that at the end of 2011 I mostly took sunset shots while during the beginning of 2012 ; I mostly took bright day shots.

I like photographing the end of the day in the winter because the bare limbs allow a view into bands of light and color.
I particularly like the purple and lavender colors of the sunset below.
I've already posted a lot of shots of my January 1, 2012 walk but couldn't resist posting a few more for skywatch.
The blues were almost intoxicating.
The gulls were having a blast doing their sky dancing.
I know it's silly to give animals human characteristics like dancing but who knows maybe the dancing gulls think it's silly to give humans animal characteristics like dancing.
On the second day of January, I took a ton of moon shots in the afternoon.
While shooting the moon, I also took a lot of shots of the lighting on the trees, or rather the color the trees turned due to the lighting.
I had so much trouble deciding which moon shots to use that I am posting a bunch of them.
I was struck by how bright the moon was except when the clouds covered it.
It was fun getting shots which hinted at the moon's three dimensional quality.
As the sun started to set the sky had a beautiful color.
The blue grew richer before turning to black.
The light on the trees and sky, as the sun set, made the seed heads remaining on the crepe myrtle tree (left side facing photo) almost look like red leaves from a distance.
May your skies be varied and your camera be handy in the year ahead. Click for the home of skywatch Friday.


Anonymous said...

Wow - what superb shots! Love the moon photos the best.

Unknown said...

Those skies are awesome!
Love the moon shot and the one with clouds and the last one with all those trees!

Luna Miranda said...

marvelous series! i always love bare trees, they create drama. gorgeous moon shots.

Photo Cache said...

what a bright beginning to 2012. have you had snow yet?

toby said...

Gorgeous, wow! I'm glad that you decided to post them all, they're beautiful!

Sylvia K said...

Such a gorgeous variety of skies! I, too, love the bare trees and how beautifully they show up against the skies. And your moon shots are AWESOME! Hope your new year is off to a great start! Enjoy!


Steffi said...

Fantastic set of photos for SWF!I hope you had a good start into the new year!

Carolyn Ford said...

a FABULOUS post! awesome skies and scenes!

Valerie said...

Yes, the contrast between the dark silhouettes of tree branches against the softer muted sky tones is very pleasing to the eye! Those later shots of a close-up moon are fantastic - thanks for sharing.

Cezar and Léia said...

Thanks for all the blue in this post, much needed over here...
God bless you!

My name is Riet said...

Beautiful blue skies. The moon photo's are wonderful.

Tina´s PicStory said...

wonderful pics. in one i feel i can walk on the moon. you must have a great macro :)

Anonymous said...

Awesome moon pictures !

eileeninmd said...

Wonderful series of skywatch captures, Carver! I love the moon shots and the colors on the third one down. But they are all lovely. The gulls are great too, I always love the birds.

Melbourne Australia Photos said...

Fantastic captures!

Carletta said...

Your shots are varied and beautiful!
I love that second shot! I never seem to see the purple/lavender color.
Wonderful shots of the gulls!

Gillian Olson said...

Love those blue skies and the moon shots are tremendous too.

Kay L. Davies said...

That second-last shot is a real winner, Carver. Amazing shade of blue.

Indrani said...

These blues are fantastic. I like your moon captures too.

SandyCarlson said...

Your blues are exquisite!

Judy said...

What an incredible selection of photos! I was trying to get a shot of the moon with the icicles as I left work, but it was a bit too dark...

Chubskulit Rose said...

Beautifully captured!

Skywatch, have a nice weekend!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful shots. Love the variety.

Arija said...

A wonderful collection of deliciously tinted skies. The difference in the blues alone is just plain gorgeous. I am still smiling at the joy of your beautiful photos.

Your photography has improved in leaps and bounds throughout the year, keep up the good work.

Liz said...

Beautiful captures! I love the different shades of blue in your skies. Happy sky watching.


Annemor said...

I always enjoy the moon, the most.

Firas said...

You made an outstanding moonshot before its dark! Great!

Anna said...

Gorgeous skies and love the variety of it... pecially the moon shots !
Greetings from Holland,
Anna :-))

WildBlack said...

Amazing shots! The moon is just popping out :)
Happy New year :D

Ramakrishnan said...

Beautiful sky shots - nice way to relax.

Horsoon said...

Very well capture of the moon!


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