Thursday, July 16, 2009

SKYWATCH FRIDAY – MARE’S TAILS FLYING (Lake Erie)


Tuesday was an extraordinary sky-day; the entire blue dome was full of my favorite kind of clouds. A sweeping panorama was beyond the capabilities of my camera, so I snapped a small part of it over the lake—coming too close to the Purple Martin condo for their comfort, and they took to nervous flight. I posted a while back about how picky Purple Martins can be about their lodgings, so I’m happy to see that in spite of all my concerns about this particular nest site, the Martins are at home in it, even if they are ‘not receiving.’ The second photo is of a cornfield just up the road from the lake. In fact, that little dot of a tree at the far end stands only twenty feet or so from the water.




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23 comments:

Ruth said...

I have never heard the term "mare's tails" and I have never heard of "The Cricket in the Hearth" either. Nice to come here and catch up on some posts.

SandyCarlson said...

Your skies sure are exciting. From the imagery of your language to the images themselves, wonderful!

Lin said...

summer skies-how fun and non threatening.

Lorac said...

Looks like a beautiful day. The birds are soaring on the warm currents and surely enjoying themselves at this time of year. Their happy songs show that!
Thanks for coming over to see my post. The crockpot meal can be done on the stove as well if you haven't a crock. Bring to a boil and simmer for about 4 hours.

Quiet Paths said...

Gorgeous feathery clouds. I am happy about your martins; how satisfying.

bobbie said...

Wonderful shots! What unusual cloud formations.

Sylvia K said...

Your words are always as lovely as your photos and together they're fantastic and today is certainly no exception! Aren't our summer skies magnificent? Have a beautiful day, Deborah!

Anne said...

Like paint with a pencil om the sky.


Nice weeken from Anne in Norway

fourwindsphotojournal said...

Oh, I love these, too. We had some yesterday, but not as good as yours. Don't the birds add to that top shot?

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Beautiful skies, Deb. The clouds do look like a 'mare's tail'.... Hope the Purple Marlins do fine in their nest.

Have a wonderful day on Lake Erie.
Hugs,
Betsy

Dewdrop said...

Those are some really spectacular "mare's tail" cirrus clouds! I can see easily why they would be your favorites. I enjoy them, very much!

Linda Jacobs said...

Like artwork in the sky! Beautiful!

Eric(SWF Holland) said...

Great post!!!, the last one is great, maybe the next time some more road into the picture for some more dept, but, this is stunning!!

Have a nice SWF

Greatings from NL

Guy D said...

Very nice, the second shot is outstanding.

Have a great weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Carletta said...

I never knew 'mare's tails' either but I can see that.
I prefer to think of angels skirting around. :)
Lovely shots! I especially like the second one.

My post is here: Carletta’s Captures.

Itajeff @Something To Share said...

Beautiful blue skies
Happy skywatching

Wren said...

I have heard them called "mare's tails" before but not here in the Midwest. And my birds are just as camera and visitor shy, darn it!

Cloudia said...

OMG! 2 Excellent photos but the second is biblical!

You are very cool Deborah.
swing by tomorrow if can, Sistah.\\

Aloha-

Comfort Spiral

Carolyn said...

Wonderful photos and beautiful skies. Have a great weekend.
Blessings and smiles

Small City Scenes said...

Such beautiful wispy clouds. Super shots and leave them dad-gum birds alone. MB

magiceye said...

all photos brilliantly composed!

Indrani said...

Cool phrases and clear skies!

Viola said...

Very beautiful photos of the sky! :)