Tuesday, January 3, 2012

A Day In The Clouds Sunrise Sky Second Day of 2012





















I hope you all have enjoyed welcoming in this New Year. 

I missed the fireworks in Northampton while attending a few special concerts of First Night, and dining in between, but yesterday's sunrise made up for my loss. I cannot begin to write any lines of Haiku . . . the beauty of the sun rising above the Mount Holyoke Range and into the large mantle of clouds still has me speechless. 

Moment to moment the sky painting becomes more luminous and wondrous . . . ever changing. The fiery sun acting like a painter or a conductor calling for light here . . .  then there and everywhere . . . chords reaching a crescendo . . . dramatic chorus of colors. 

My stick gardens are rather boring right now but the winter skies have been staggering. 

I am not alone when I open the door to this remarkable view. A solitary Bluebird sings from atop the Black Cherry and a buteo soars . . . it truly is his sky! 

This was just the beginning of the day in the clouds . . . there will be a part two featuring more of the Red-tailed Hawk, the waxing moon and the setting sun of the second day of the new year. 

I will be looking back over the gardens and wildlife of 2011 in upcoming posts.

May all of your dreams come true in 2012. 


16 comments:

Esther Montgomery said...

A happy 2012 to you!

Skies like this can be so beautiful they are frightening.

Curbstone Valley Farm said...

Truly glorious skies! Happy New Year Carol!

Country Gal said...

Happy 2012 ! WOW ! awesome photos ! I am enjoying taking winter photos now , its amazing how pretty snow makes everything look , today was sunny and I went out and before I knew it I had taken over 300 photos! Have a wonderful day !

NHGarden said...

Stunning sky pics... Other than that I am speechless!

Carolyn said...

Hi Carol,
I am amazed at the beauty once again. It is wonderful to have such beauty to enjoy in all the seasons.

Wishing you all the best in 2012!

Carolyn

Liza and John's Garden said...

Good Evening Carol: Yes it's John again, can't keep from coming back to your posts and looking at the wonderful photos. We live on the north side of a hill and Don't get to see much of the sunrise or sunset.
occasionally we do see them but through the trees. So guess I will have to keep coming to your blog to see the great photos.

Have a great evening,
John

Gillian Olson said...

Beautiful sky pictures, especially that first one with just a hint of pink. Happy New Year!

Eva said...

Dear Carol~~I didn't think it possible to outdo your last post. Nature presented and you were there to record and share. Many, many thanks. How can man-made fireworks even compare? What a fortunate person you are. The word, "celestial," comes to mind—a word spoken by a dear friend gazing up at the sky shortly before his leaving this earth. And the hawk (whose relatives have been present in the valley of late) is a perfect finale.

Kathy Sturr said...

Happy New Year Carol. What a way to spend it. Such beautiful skies. Inspiration for your next painting? My birds have left me this year. No snow and a mast year for cones, they are staying in the nearby forests. I miss them. Hope it's your best year ever!

sweetbay said...

You have the most amazing sunrise views where you are. Gorgeous!!

debsgarden said...

Stunning! I'm afraid my sunrise and sunsets are partially blocked by trees. Thanks for sharing yours. Truly a special way to start the new year. Best wishes and happy gardening in 2012!

Sarah Laurence said...

Gorgeous sunrise! I especially love the one of the sun nearly full over the mountain. I'm editing New Year's Day sunset photos for next week's blog post. Happy New Year!

ladyfi said...

Wow - what an amazing set of shots! Magical.

Tammie Lee said...

it is my sense that we are never the same after seeing sun shows like this.
in your words I can feel this is true. thank you for sharing your beauty with us, the beauty within and around you.

Annie said...

Happy New Year to you! These photos are simply breath taking. So beautiful and inspiring!

jeansgarden said...

These are stunning sky scapes, Carol. Happy New Year! -Jean

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