The Only Color Is In The Sky

The grand show is eternal. It is always sunrise somewhere . . .   John Muir, naturalist

It is the time of year when I begin to miss my garden.  Lovely as the winter woods are, I hunger for the color of bloom and leaf. I have already marked the seed catalogs and have started a spreadsheet of possible purchases, dreaming of the garden season to come. As a way of reminding myself that spring will follow the long winter months, I will soon begin each day watching one of my large collection of garden videos. But early this morning, after many dark gloomy days, I saw the sun rising through the clouds.  I grabbed my camera and the dog and went hunting the only color in nature at this time of year – in the sky.

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I’m versatile! Two blogging friends, poet AZ/catcherofstars at Verse Not Prose and photographer Kerry at Lightscapes Nature Photography, have honored me with another award, the Versatile Blogger Award. Since I am still deep in composing and recording this week, I will post about this award on Sunday, the first day of the new year.  It seems an appropriate way to begin a new leaf. In the meantime, I wish everyone a safe and happy New Year’s Eve celebration!

Text and images of “The Only Color Is In The Sky” ©2011 Lynn Emberg Purse, All Rights Reserved

19 thoughts on “The Only Color Is In The Sky

  1. What lovely photos! I just looked out my window the other day and thought the same thing… I miss color! Perhaps this is the time to re-explore African Violets on a windowsill 🙂

    • EmilyJeane, thank you for your comments. I love African violets, had the perfect spot for them in my old house, but they don’t do well where I am now. I do have some Christmas cactus that bloom on and off all winter, which is a delight!

  2. Nice post. 🙂 Thank goodness for the sunrise and sunset skies – a much needed burst of color – like giant pink peonies bursting into bloom at high speed.

    • HI Christov, I do like the slide feature. If you upload several photos, after naming them, you have a choice of creating a gallery or a slideshow. I like both, but decided to do the slideshow today to keep the post compact. However, you will get more “views” in your stats if you do a gallery, if that counts for you. Happy New Year!

  3. I’m glad your finding beauty in the sky as your garden sleeps for now. Imagine if you could one day see aurora bourealis / northern lights.

    We are in a part of Canada where one would have to go out at least over 100 km for any possiblity of that. But at least on the prairies, there are um..less obstacles and less light pollution from many big cities.

    Warm wishes for a great New Year! By the way, enjoyed your Christmas song video in previous post.

    • Hi Jean, nice to hear from you. Ah, I would LOVE to see an aurora borealis! I did spend some time in the arctic circle many years ago but no luck with the sky. What an awesome sight that must be. Maybe someday . . . 🙂 Happy New Year!

  4. Nicely seen, Lynn. It’s not easy to tease out color at this time of the year.

    This is indeed a challenging time of year to shoot nature. I typically find November–after the leaves have fallen and before the snow falls–and March (after the snow has melted but before the spring bloom) to be the most difficult months. This year, that’s been extended through December. There’s been virtually no snow in NE Illinois or central Indiana this December…and it appears that this will extend at least through the first week of January, if the extended forecast can be believed.

    • Kerry, you are certainly right about the color issues for photographers at this time of the year. Probably a better bet to go play with Photoshop for a few months until spring arrives! Still, the world outside the window calls. . . here’s hoping for snow opportunities!

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