Thursday, January 5, 2012

Sky Watch: Looking Homeward

Number 3 in this current series:  The clouds lit up in a remarkable way for just a few minutes after sunset, as you can see here (and lucky that I was in a spot with the glassy water to mirror it). One of those situations that you can't always anticipate, but when you see a lot of high, thin clouds late in the afternoon, it's more than likely that something good is going to happen.. just have to be ready:)
The large mountain in the distance (45 miles southeast from this spot) is where I live. The smaller, pointy peak far to the right of the whole mount, towards the foreground hills, is Tahquiz Peak and our house would be directly below there on the ridge that crosses in front of it. (A friend from town was hiking up to that peak at exactly the same time I was shooting this, but even with the recent warm weather, there was too much snow and ice to make it all the way to the top, meanwhile, I was quite comfortable here working in a tee shirt.. a true land of contrasts).
I framed this shot specifically to get the view of the mountain prominently into the scene. I have another one from a couple of minutes earlier where the mountain is lit up beautifully by the setting sun, but the sky was more unique at this moment.
Visit the SkyWatch home page each weekend for more great skies from all over the world.

20 comments:

Carolyn Ford said...

breathtakingly beautiful!

HansHB said...

Awesome, - I love your composition!
I wish you a Happy Friday!

Patrick said...

Really beautiful images Mark !
I wonder which one i prefer : this one or the previous one ?

BTW, this one makes me think to a famous view of a tree on an australian lake. I don't remember the name ...

Cecilia Artista said...

Beautiful shot with wonderful colors!

berit.. said...

awesome !
have a nice weekend.

best regards from Berit
Tromsø, Norway

Sylvia K said...

A breathtaking capture indeed! Absolutely gorgeous! Superb reflections and your composition is fantastic! Wishing you a great weekend!

Sylvia

Robert Geiss said...

unique !


daily athens photo

eileeninmd said...

WOW, what a beautiful scene and a lovely sky! Great photo, happy skywatching!

Photo Cache said...

i am speechless.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

His watercolour come to earth, just so that you could capture it and share it...this one is really amazing...you never fail us~

Eve Stein said...

Really, really beautiful!

J Bar said...

Beautiful shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

chubskulit said...

Beautifully captured!

Skywatch, have a nice weekend!

Gaelyn said...

Sweet! I respect the way you size up a shot. It's like you see it before it happens. You could also share more than one photo ya' know. I shouldn't gripe as I am glad to just see you here with some frequency.

jeannette said...

Wow, incredible! Where you live, must also be very beautiful!

ladyfi said...

Wow - this is breath-taking!

Arija said...

Absolutely beautiful!!!

ros@dimaggio63 said...

Hi Mark,
questa foto è veramente magica !
Bellissima.
Buona giornata :)
Myriam

wollreflections said...

Absolutely stunning :)

Happy New year :D

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Just a wonderful photograph all the way around!