Lightfall August 19, 2019 ~ shoreacres crystalline light streams splashing, shattering, spreading across cloud-banked skies Comments always are welcome. Share this:ShareEmailFacebookLike this:Like Loading...
42 thoughts on “Lightfall”
That is quite a sky, not quite Wagnerian, but if a few Valkyries put in an appearance I wouldn’t be surprised.
It was the unusual pastel tones that first caught my eye. The colors aren’t quite what I saw, but they’re very close, and the clouds weren’t so much moving away as dissolving. This photo’s a good example of what can be seen if we hang around after the sun sinks below the horizon. I’m learning to be patient.
Just as lightfall
So your cloudscape
Does delight all.
And your verse is delightful. That’s a lot of creativity for so early in the morning.
Word-wise, here’s something else that delighted me. In the haiku, ‘streams’ can be read as a verb or as a noun. I don’t think I realized that until after I’d written it.
Now that you’ve mentioned the ambiguity, I can’t remember whether I read streams as a noun or as a verb. Linguists have reported the existence of languages that don’t make a big distinction between nouns and verbs the way we normally do in English.
Not only that, it was your recent post showing the New York waterfalls that gave rise to this post. After reading your post, I thought, “Well. I don’t have waterfalls, but I have lightfalls.” And there it was.
Include me in the ‘delighted’ category. I have just seen a CNN weather report for the entire US. The predicted temperatures in Texas are high, which would suggest that a pastel sunset doesn’t presage cool weather.
The predicted high for Austin today is 101°F (38°C), and we did have a colorful sky at sundown yesterday.
You may melt and I may freeze. It’s only 3 deg C, as I head off to bed.
Bundle up in your blankets.
But sometimes these pastels are a result of cool(er) weather. Especially after a storm, things quiet down, and a sky akin to this one can appear. As for the heat, it actually was better today; we only got into the upper 90s.
I laughed at this post by a favorite weather guru: “It’s hot. Tomorrow will be hot. It’ll be hot for the rest of the week. Those in the northern third of Texas could see a few storms later this week, but it’ll still be hot. Enjoy.”
In other words, welcome to August in Texas.
Enjoy, indeed. Laughter always helps.
It does, indeed. And when we can’t laugh, a wry grin will do.
Is this a typical glowing Texas sky?
I suppose the answer is ‘yes’ and ‘no.’ We see wonderful colors from late spring until fall, due in part to the presence of those towering cumulus clouds that come with summer thunderstorms. Sunsets tend to be more vibrant, with more reds, purples, and strong yellows. This kind of pastel sunset is a little unusual, at least in my experience. I usually see pastels without clouds, or at sunrise.
Nothing like variety, eh?
Exactly. No sunrise or sunset ever is the same.
What a deliciously Rococo sky.
It does have that combination of lightness and elegance, doesn’t it? There was a kind of transparency to it all that I didn’t quite capture, but there are hints of it, and that’s what I most enjoy about the image.
(and you know how much I love a good sunset or cloud colour).
I’m glad I had a nice one to show you. Just when I think I know what to expect, I get surprised — there’s no predicting what will come next. But I don’t have to tell you that.
…….and isn’t it amazing how the sky colours change from one colour range of red/yellow/orange to pink/mauve/purple in the one night. Just when I come indoors thinking the colour has finished, I have to grab the camera and go outdoors again to catch another lot .
This is the perfect haiku — your sunset or mine. And yours is stunning!
Thanks, Jeanie. You can use my haiku any old time you’d like. I’ve seen enough of your lake sunsets to know that it would fit that wonderful world, too!
Lovely Haiku and photo, Linda — the colors are exceptional!
It was an entrancing sky, Debbie, with layers and layers of color. Some of our sunsets look as though they’ve been done in oils or acrylics, but this was a watercolor sky, from beginning to end.
You know, it would make a lovely postcard, wouldn’t it? Of all the things I’ve seen on postcards, I’ve never seen ‘just’ sky. I suppose people who buy postcards for souvenirs want something a little more specific as a memento.
Wonderful sky and you chose just the right framing to allow us to enjoy it. The perfect burnishing of a fading Texas day.
I liked it for its delicate colors, and the transparency from layer to layer. Some clouds may have a silver lining, but I like the ones that are lined with peach, or tangerine, or lemon, or….
A really beautiful sunset color of the clouds. I don’t remember seeing any of this color before. I would say that this was a lucky find.
It reminded me of the light in English landscape painting, and that’s not something we see very often. The thin cloud layers added to the effect; it was almost as though you could see through one layer to the next.
That’s a stunning sky Linda.
It certainly pleased me, Pete. It was unusual — more ethereal than many (or most) of our sunsets. I’m glad you enjoyed it, too.
The definition of real gold!
I felt as though I’d discovered treasure, for sure.
Mother Nature showing off!
I can hear Mother Nature singing the old song: “Anything you technologically sophisticated sorts can do, I can do better!”
I love this golden sky!
The colors and the layers both appealed to me. I couldn’t quite capture the translucence, but the color is very nearly a match to what I saw, and it was beautiful.
I got the translucence well. It looks good to me.