Birds against a MtLawleyShire sunset

These are taken of clouds in the eastern sky –

pigeons flocking against the light of storms clouds building at sunset:

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the colours are slightly enhanced, the photos ‘noisy’ but I liked the effect:

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and teh structure of the clouds was amazing:

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and ibis flying against softer clouds to the south-east:

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An intriguing MtLawleyShire sunset

It had been a strange day – hot and sultry and cloud cover almost such that rain was sure to follow.  It didn’t but the clouds were very interesting:

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a tropical-looking sky:

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the first hints of sunset revealed the texture of the clouds:

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blazing in an art deco window:

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the texture of those clouds – not tight enough for cloth of gold, too rumpled and filled with folds of shadow:

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the sun shine momentarily clear in a blaze of glory:

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the sun sank below the horizon and the clouds began to fill:

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they glowed, became luminous, spread all across the western sky:

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Intense and beautiful their structure changeable and :

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the colour grew richer:

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intensified again:

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the wonderful contrasts between clear sky and cloud:

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till it darkened;

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and faded into coming night:

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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 🙂

 

 

MtLawleyShire and the Weekly Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

This week’s Photo Challenge: Rule of Thirds

And interesting challenge and took me a while to find appropriate shots.  I found a few, and they’re mostly flowers (which I guess shouldn’t surprise me) – mostly – not all.

pinkish-purple:

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bottlebrush types:

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Grevillea:

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Grevillea & bee:

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Various – petunia & raindrops, and a light-drenched hibiscus:

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little red and a red rose:

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Remember I said ‘mostly’?  Some non-flower ‘thirds’ –

one of my favourite ‘rain drop’ photos:

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sunsets – possible straining the challenge a little 🙂

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and this one – she is only taking up a third of the space 🙂

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I enjoyed this challenge and look forward to browsing through others.

 

MtLawleyShire sunset – Feb, Friday 13th

Notwithstanding it is the date of a friend’s birthday, Friday the 13th has an aura of something other, usually dark, and this sunset reflected it.

A sky untidy with cloud presaged a sunset of scattered potential.  It began with gold, light delineating the complex cloud architecture and beauty so often lost to grey:

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the light changed and deepened with gaps revealing clear sky behind the cloud play:

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But there was a ‘smear’ of thin cloud amongst the cloud play:

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As the sun descended, it became edged in golden threads:

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Then the clouds caught the upward slanting blasts of light, changing into static explosions of gold against the darkness:

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That golden-edged cloud contrasted with the darker clouds rushing in to swamp the fire of remaining day:

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overhead, cloud trails became golden sky calligraphy.  I see a unicorn escaping the conflagration below:

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then the gold became crimson and the pale blue of the sky behind like a painting of someone else’s winter dawn:

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It deepened and became richer, contrasting with the larva bright below:

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Magma of the clouds: their darkness failing to suppress the rage of dying day:

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Fiery passionate moments in the ethereal cloud play of coming night:

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In the east, the sweep of colours was more muted but no less glorious

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Finally, night moved in, leaving last embers to flare and burn down into darkness.

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It was a magnificent sunset and I hope your enjoyed it.

For the moment, with cloudless skies, there are no more.  But – there are storms forecast for next week, so keep your fingers crossed 🙂

 

 

 

 

MtLawleyShire and a Landsdale sunset

Landsdale is a long way from MtLawleyShire – approximately 20 kms.  The difference in the topography is notable, as was teh vantage for the sunset: wide open, flat, reminding me that I was much closer to the sea than in MtLawleyShire.  It allowed, though, a glorious sunset view, despite the fact I stood on a major road – so no, I couldn’t really avoid the lightpoles, but they do add a nice perspective.

These straight trees caught the lowering light nicely

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but even better were the clouds as the lowering sun blasted gold all across the horizon

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the light coated trees behind me in that darkly golden light

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and then the sun caught up with itself and the end of day:

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and gone

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in other directions, following the road, the skies changed, but the vast emptiness of it almost defeated any sense of colour

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In the west, the golden echoes of light intensified clouds

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it was possible to see virga

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the sky beneath the clouds was as clear and clean as glass

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the light began to fade and withdraw

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leaving the hint of deep burning embers down on the horizon

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A wide, uninterrupted sunset, not something MtLawleyShire is accustomed to.  I hope you enjoyed it 🙂

After the 2nd Feb storm: sunset over MtLawleyShire

The storm left the sky with a magical  architecture for light and the lowering light to play in.  And did it play!  After all the grey and darkness, the lightning and winds, the lowering sun amongst all the shapes and shadows of clouds was magical.

There were washes of gold:

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A kind of heavier cloud like an embroidered edging against the smoother gold:

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and the lowering cloud brought something with it – a darkening of a clearer evening sky

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I loved the contrasts of gold and grey:

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In other directions, high winds played with less substantial cloud:

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then in the west, the sky exploded into flame and gold

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but always that cloud, restricting it all

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Flame and colour almost obscured the hint of clear sky down on the horizon:

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and that cloud keeping it all from the evening sky remained:

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Colour spread to all points of the compass: south behind the city and the chimneys of the old house:

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and down William Street towards the city:

 

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This is north-east (ish) or maybe it’s actually north 😀

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and as the sunset faded, it sent out waves of colour across clouds coming in from the north and the east:

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the colour deepening into pinks and a sky turned pastels with coming night:

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In the west, there was a final glory:

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and this:

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till the darkness overwhelmed almost all of the cloud play

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leaving the clear-washed sky below to farewell the tempestuous day:

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I hope you have enjoyed yet another MtLawleyShire sunset 🙂

Awesome sunset over MtLawleyShire. Saturday Jan 24. #4: the ending

and this is the ending of it – glorious colour.  Sunset did not go gently into any good night.  It flamed and stormed even as it darkened.

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Darker reds and crimsons, purples and greys and that great cloud had returned to grey, bringing night closer

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The grey of early afternoon clouds began to return, making a glorious contrast with the still flaming colours:

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a contrast more powerful from a distance

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The intricate architecture remained

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but the colours began to alter the sense of apocalypse, the structure was lost within purples and blues

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Red tones remained near the horizon

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but the battle was lost – lost in beauty, in tones of dying flame

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and so it faded

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& there I ran out of battery!  😀

but what a sunset!

I hope you enjoyed it and get some idea of the majesty of the clouds exploding into splendour.

🙂

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