Thursday, January 14, 2010

An embarrassment of riches


Yesterday, the sky produced an embarrassing amount of glorious colors.  The sunrise, with photos posted yesterday morning, was exceptional.  The sunset went beyond exceptional and turned into the kind of thing seen only a few times in a lifetime.


I took a lot of photos.

I was fortunate to be arriving home just as the sunset neared its peak. So I was able to use one of Roundtop's snowmaking ponds as the foreground for the photos.  The sunset reflected off the ice on the pond, heightening and extending the colors in the sky. I was lucky in this, too.  Because the ponds are the source of water for snowmaking, they are rarely iced in.  The recent cold spell helped keep some ice on the pond even so.


And one nice thing about the sunset is that it lasted quite a bitj longer than the sunrise, which was also lovely.  That didn't last very long, though. The sunset went on for minutes, growing ever deeper in color as the minutes went on.

Eventually, as we all know, all good things come to an end, but even the last gasp of the sun's setting was glorious.



I wish you could have been here. 

I hope your own sky embarrasses you with riches.

19 comments:

Lynne at Hasty Brook said...

Carolyn, these are probably the most gorgeous sunset phots I've ever seen. Definitely worthy of framing. Thank you for sharing them. Art and I saw a similar glorious sunset this fall right after a pretty severe thunderstorm. I'll remember it always.

Deb said...

Wow. That is beautiful!

Carolyn H said...

Lynne: The moral of the story is, never leave home without your camera. I'm glad I had it with me. And I likely will frame one or two. Thanks!

Carolyn H

Carolyn H said...

Deb: It was a special day, that's for sure. Thanks!

Carolyn h.

Cicero Sings said...

Gorgeous! And if the photos turned out so well, I can only imagine what it looked like in real.

gary said...

Just Beautiful...

Cathy said...

Lucky you, I must have miss it while eating dinner,

And your pictures are breathtaking too.

Woodswalker said...

We WERE there, thanks to your photos! Wow!

Pablo said...

Submit this to Skywatch Friday and share the pix with the world.

Carolyn H said...

All: Thanks for your nice words about the sunset photos. I was lucky to have the camera and be in a good spot when the sunset was showing its full glory.

Pablo: I did take your suggestion and submit to Skywatch Friday. Thanks for suggestiong that!

Carolyn h.

Bacolod and BeyondJourney said...

beautiful sunset, perfect capture! Having a camera is always a treasure. Happy weekend.

JOE TODD said...

Pretty fantastic sunset

Wanda said...

Almost too beautiful for words!

Pat said...

I have yet to see anything this spectacular where I live (in the mountains of northern California). These are absolutely gorgeous shots. You were there at just the right time!

Regina said...

Truly glorious!
Happy weekend.

Linnea W said...

That is an amazing sky. That's the kind of sky that just keeps getting better and better. But, you're right, too bad it had to end.

Carolyn H said...

All: I was extra lucky to get shots of the sunset. This kind of gorgeous sky is the kind of thing that only happens a couple of times in a lifetime. The last time I saw a sky like this was in 2005 (I have the photos from that one too).

Carolyn H.

Tash said...

Can anything be more beutiful! WOW!

toby said...

Gorgeous - and how lucky for you to have seen and captured it! And how lucky for us that you shared it with us :)