The Sky

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01 - After a recent rain storm here in Visalia, California, USA, I caught these clouds with the sun breaking through.

After a recent rain storm here I walked outside to take in the fresh clean air.  In the area where I have lived for the last thirty years we only receive about 10 inches of rain per year.  It’s a nice valley, but very dry.  And of course over the years pollution has made the sky less blue, less attractive, and much harder to see through.  The Sierra Nevada range (Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks) are just to our east but each year we have fewer and fewer days where you can even make out the edge of them, let alone a good clear view.

Maybe that's why I appreciate the sky so much.  When I do see an attractive sky I take a picture. It may have clouds, rain, or even smoke, but something about the sky draws me and my lens to it.  I wish I had more sunsets.  Sunsets have always been inspiring to me.  Sun rises, not quite so much, maybe because when I saw them it meant I was getting up too early in the morning.  I believe only roosters should be awake that early in the morning, and they shouldn’t crow about it.

I have gathered some of the photos together I have taken over the recent years and wanted to share my skies with you.  I hope you enjoy them.

 

no1-von says:
Hi hows it going.
Im always fasinated by the diferent cloud formations,especially above them in a plane,I took some pics on my last flight,didn't expect them to be any good having to take them through small double glazed scratchy windows,but like you i play around with my photos on my computor. I managed to take away the fuziness caused by the windows.Check them out on my profile
Posted on: Feb 02, 2010
RH122 says:
Wow! excellent pics.
Posted on: Jul 17, 2009
freezabird says:
These are beautiful- very inspiring scenes!
Posted on: Feb 25, 2009
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