Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Nature Nerd Wednesdays

Welcome to Nature Nerd Wednesdays, your mid-week nature break to reconnect with the calming, refreshing, and inspiring effects of nature. Take a deep breath and enjoy...
November clouds over the Snoqualmie Valley just before sunset. Lainey Piland photo
"The sky is the daily bread of the eyes."
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
We've returned once again to that time of year when the vivid hues of autumn leaves are now brown and decaying underfoot, leaving starkly bare tree branches rattling in a chilly wind.  The landscape may be beginning to look like a washed-out canvas, but this is the season where the skies overhead truly shine, painted in dazzling colors and adorned with intriguing clouds.

Winter is easily the best season to direct your gaze upward. You can expect vivid sunrises and sunsets, clear blue skies, impressive cloud formations, and crystal-clear twinkling stars at night. These are glimpses of beauty in the midst of a season generally considered to be bleak and unlovely (unless there is snow, of course!). As we approach winter, here are a few of my recent sky photos to inspire you to look up and appreciate the heavenly views:

Red alder against a cottonball sky in the Snoqualmie Valley. Lainey Piland photo
Fiery sunset over Mount Rainier. This one is a bit blurry but you have to love the colors! Lainey Piland photo
Fluffy clouds. Lainey Piland photo
Evening falls over a bright red sunset. Lainey Piland photo

For more sky photos, check out my "Finding Home" photo project in an earlier blog post.

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