Luminous Sky Calligraphy over MtLawleyShire

Clouds are an integral part of a magical sunset and these, in the east and the south-east, were wonderful examples of Sky Calligraphy.

These two are pre-sunset clouds – with their own magic and waiting to be transformed by the lowering light:

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It was fascinating to watch this cloud transform through the range of colour as the light descended:

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This swathe of cloud was intriguing

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and the East was striped by lines of cloud that resembled distant waves

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& finally – with explosion of Sky Calligraphy from the south=east as the last of light departed the sky

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Apocalyptic skies over MtLawleyShire

This is not sunset.  This is at least half an hour before sunset, and I think it is actually smoke from a fire up north.  It was a very hot afternoon which the temperature going up as the hour grew later rather than tapering off.  The temperature peaked at 37 degrees celsius at 4.30 pm, and it didn’t go down below 30 degrees celsius till well after midnight.

and the sun was struggling:

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the sky looked like a painting from one of the Old Masters

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The drama and painterliness of the scene enthralled me:

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It almost looks as though the sun has created a concussion in the smooth running of that great cloud:

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closer shots of sun in cloud and just clouds:

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As the cloud gained more strength, as the sun sank towards the horizon, the colours paled, the drama was subsumed into the inevitable:

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Shots of the entire sky, with all the colours of late afternoon and deep sunset all in the one place:

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This sequence, as one part of dense cloud looked as though it was a wolf swallowing the sun:

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The sun is fighting the cloud:

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a moment of startling drama:

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As the sun was swallowed entirely, there was another sense of painting – Turner-esque and soft with the rays of light fighting out:

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The sky devolved into blues and whites with touches of colour:

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and at the last, when sunset had been swallowed, a view of the clouds and delicate colours looking down William Street towards the city:

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Today is it (finally) raining, and there is heavy cloud.  I’m not sure there will be a sunset, but the rain and the coolth of the world is lovely 🙂

The Eastern Sky of the Intriguing Sunset over MtLawleyShire

The Eastern skies were luminous with moisture laden cloud.

Ibis were stark against the wash of pink and gold as they flew home across the south-east

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this is me playing with shapes and lines and distant ibis 🙂

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But there were great bulwarks of cloud:

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and river falls of virga illuminated by the light of the sunset:

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great cloud structures:

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and an overall spread that went from pinks and oranges to incandescent pinks:

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and these – towering in the eastern sky;

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an astonishing sunset, from the eastern skies to the west!

 

 

A slow MtLawleyShire sunset

After an oppressively hot day, the late afternoon clouded over.  It looked like rain, but there was none, although it was much cooler:

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a group of ibis flew across the clouded sky towards their roost:

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and in the west, the sun was shrouded, casting a ring across striations of cloud:

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As it sank lower, it was reflected in, then seemed to bend the clouds, creating interesting shades amidst the layers:

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A hint of colour, sullen embers marking the meeting with the far horizon:

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barely making a reflection in art deco windows:

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I waited a few moments, but the day became duller.  I returned inside, uploaded the photos, checked outside and

OH!

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The sky had exploded into late opulence:

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flaring crimson waves of light:

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an upturned desert of red:

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and it began to fade into purples and pinks:

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washing the lower part of the sky:

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leaving a luminous glow far down on the horizon:

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Reflecting the heat, but hopefully not for tomorrow.  This was a selection from what was a remarkable and beautiful sunset, from subtle to outrageous 🙂

Sky calligraphy and the moon over MtLawleyShire

Another night in mid December was another wonderful example of moon-enclouded.  The sky calligraphy looked too sparse to have an effect, though it was lovely:

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to the west, the calligraphy was sunset stained:

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the eastern skies were clear

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but the sky calligraphy reached out

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almost snared:

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She escaped and began to take on a little colour from the dying day

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moving through wisps of calligraphy stained with the ink of dying sunset:

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then in the clearing sky, her colour deepened:

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golden moon:

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becoming silver:

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a last ink-stained swirl of sky calligraphy

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and as sky darkens and deepens, she shines:

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silvered light:

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and in her proper dark, in the clear sky, tonight’s beautiful moon:

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In MtLawleyShire – Last Night, the Moon

Last night was a beautiful half moon and she sailed through an evening scribbled over with sky calligraphy:

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Moving through the spine of a calligraphied skeleton sprawled across the sky:

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Momentarily in clear sky, the late afternoon moon:

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Approaching soft swathes of cloud:

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Sailing clear of a soft clump, pursued by delicate smudges:

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Almost clear, but not quite: early evening moon:

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Moving through more swathes and curls of calligraphy:

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An almost clear patch of sky where the evening moon takes on more of fading day’s light:

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Drifting ends of calligraphy fail to dim her:

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almost clear and brightening in the darkening sky:

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Sky clear, darkening and she takes the sunset’s colour:

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Then sky calligraphy blazed across the sky, entrapping her:

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Deep pink wash over coming night:

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All light faded, she illuminates the calligraphy as a pale mist:

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But finally clear – gleaming and wondrous in her proper dark:

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Flowers & excitement in – & for – MtLawleyShire

Friday was sunny but very windy, not much of a chance for photos but I got some flowers:

2 shades of pink on a pink bottlebrush:

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blossom in the shadows:

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fragrant jasmine in the lee of a wall:

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daisies sheltered by being low on the ground:

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and the little daisy feral from South Africa that so many Australian children (me included) remember for daisy chains:

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the Walcott Street/Beaufort Street intersection with some art deco architecture on one side, and the view towards the city:

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& the building of the clouds:

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Saturday the clouds divulged all their promise: it was all house cleaning while it rained & stormed outside.

Sunday?

Sunday I went to the city.  These two photos are outside the Perth Convention centre: sunlight coming through leaves and the convention centre itself.

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inside the convention centre – this happened: I was awarded my doctorate

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We went to a conference in England together and graduated together – magic 🙂

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me with a new little friend as a mark of teh occasion from friends who came with me:

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& some shots of the city as we drove home to sandwiches and champagne:

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I am slowly returning to earth.  Sandwiches & champagne were wonderful with friends & supporters of my long PhD journey.  Those years also gav  e me photography and painting.

Now to apply it 😀

A wonderful MtLaweyShire sunset

It has been a while since I posted a sunset.  Not because there haven’t been some beautiful ones – there have been – but this one was so unexpected.

It is the end of winter, and there have been inconstant clouds and many of the sunsets of the last few months have not ben what you’d call spectacular.

This one was the same: heavy grey cloud towards the west and a line of gold:

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The cloud began thickening and I thought it was going to swallow the sunset as had happened for the last few weeks, even as the colour grew richer:

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I thought, seeing as there was an almost full moon, I would scamper home and change the lens so I could photograph the moon at least.

And these were the only shots I got as the cloud was now piling in from the south-east:

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the sky looked little different in the west, except – the colour was spreading:

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then exploding into a glorious glow!

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then the clouds caught on fire:

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flaming light rippling out across the undersides of the clouds:

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firing the entire sky:

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the range of colour, the richness of it!

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shadows across the clouds enhanced the flame colours that picked out their texture:

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& slowly it faded, the luminous air darkening almost imperceptibly

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then the darkening blue from the east began to claim more and more of the sky, pushing the light back towards the western horizon

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it faded to luminous glows and greys

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till it was nothing more than a memory across heavy clouds presaging rain and storm for the following day.

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The 2nd Sunset after Clouds in MtLawleyShire: 25 Feb

On the Tuesday, with the air heavy with cloud and the threat of storm – although nothing happened in the way of rain or storm, the sunset was rather beautiful.

It started with a hint of gold washing a sky of almost tropical-seeming clouds, although to the south-east, it was remnants of storm cloud that intersected the hot blue:

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Then the sun sank below the clouds and suffused everything with intense gold:

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Clouds in the distant east began to take on that golden hue:

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And the sun sinks through the dan of golden cloud:

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From a distance, you can see the rays of light shooting out across the blue to touch the serpentine cloud above:

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and then it is below the horizon and the gold deepens into rose:

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The rays of light slice into the clouds creating ethereal shadow and light:

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the cloud darkens, stripes of gold slowly subsumed into a deepening rose:

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with an underneath of rich gold:

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the clouds too lose gold and glow a darkening pink laced with shadow:

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the red diminishes into grey and darkness:

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leaving the sky clear for the moon:

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I hope you enjoyed this sunset.  There is another sunset to come, but not from storm clouds this time. And this week, I am going to Matilda Bay, so hopefully, ravens and other birds.

🙂

 

Fattee Cattee and Sunset after clouds in MtLawleyShire: Feb 24

“What you doing, Mum?”

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I’m not your mother, but there will be a glorious sunset after all those stunning clouds. I’m going to walk around and take photos.  Look at how the clouds are scattered and clumped across the sky!

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“Noooooo!  Not yet *another* MtLawleyshire sunset!”

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Yes – and look!  Birds!  Too far away to see them properly, but can you hear them?  They’re probably corellas, and they look like specks of black dust across a golden sheet:

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& the golden sky! It’s so pretty.

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And now – look – you can see the sun sinking into the clouds:

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“Can I watch?”

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Of course you can.  See how it goes down through the clouds, the clouds turned into golden stitching over the darker golden sky behind:

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and then it’s gone

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“And what are these clouds doing?”

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They are growing luminous

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becoming great veils trapping and then conducting gold through the coming darkness

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“But what’s happening down there?”

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Oh!  Well spotted, darling cat – sweeps of colour defying the darkness spreading from the east

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And look – those luminous veils are becoming something else:

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“And down there?”

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“Gold spreads its light.  So beautiful – swathes and crinkles of golds washing across the sky, leaving that tiny space of a pale almost green-blue down at the horizon.  But it begins to fade:

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“Down there still looks amazing.”

It does indeed – east echoing the flaring golden fire of the west:

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But the west – the deeper blue gown of coming night edged with the intricate gold of persisting light:

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Softening now, gold intensifying and deepening into great cushions of rich colour:

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And that marvellous cloud is dissipating as the deep blue velvet of night seeps in

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and in the east, the colour is fading

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Back towards the west – last moment of brilliance

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and it fades into crimson and the grey of clouded evening

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“Yeah, OK – it was a good sunset”

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I hope, like Fattee, you enjoyed this sunset 🙂