42 thoughts on “Lightfall

  1. That is quite a sky, not quite Wagnerian, but if a few Valkyries put in an appearance I wouldn’t be surprised.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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.

        1. 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.

    2. 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.

      1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. …….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 .

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

    1. 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….

    1. 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.

    1. 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.

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