Thursday, September 25, 2008

'Twas the Night before Ike

(SkyWatch Friday - 9/26/08)

The day before Hurricane Ike arrived — just two short weeks ago — we were starting to wonder if he was really coming our way or not. The skies had been clear and beautiful all day long, with hardly a breeze to stir the leaves in the trees overhanging our back yard. It was simply another typical hot Texas summer day.

Then about an hour before dark, the clouds began moving in. As we sat around the kitchen table after dinner, this was the stunning view we enjoyed as the sun slowly set.


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Little did we know just how much power and destruction those painted clouds foretold for the rest of the night. (Whoever said, "Red sky at morning, sailor take warning; red sky at night, sailor's delight," hadn't taken hurricanes into consideration!)


SkyWatch Friday

28 comments:

Reader Wil said...

Oh how awful that you had to suffer from the hurricane. I hope you are all right?
The photos are very beautiful.

Yen said...

Amazing shots! I already saw something like this and I could just stare that amazing site forever:) hehe Mine is posted HERE too. Happy SWF!~

Louise said...

The beautiful before the storm. Obviously not all things beautiful are the harbinger of good. And I always thought that "red sky" proverb was backwards!

ChrisC and JonJ said...

It's incredible that something so destructive can produce a beautiful sky.
Nice capture!

Roses and Lilacs said...

It certainly doesn't look ominous. In fact it's very beautiful.
Marnie

KatDoc said...

Beautiful images, especially now that things are getting back to normal for you and your family. Nature is wonderful, powerful, and frightening, sometimes all at once.

Loved the bird photos in your "Displaced" post below. I have only seen Roseate Spoonbills once in the wild. What a gorgeous bird!

~Kathi

Leedra said...

Beautiful, such differences in color. Striking!

Sara G said...

Amazing photo's.

Laura ~Peach~ said...

that hurricane sure has produced some amazing clouds and colors I am glad you captured these and made it though ok!

Sherry said...

Amazing that such a beautiful sunset could happen before such an awful storm. The color in these photos is fantastic.

Photo Cache said...

Awesome shots. Love your title too.

mirage2g said...

I hope you are doing well...sometimes looks (pertaining to sky) could be deceiving, we don't really know what will happen in the future...take care there and lovely sky series shots!

-Viennadaily

Your EG Tour Guide said...

MY Goodness. Isn't it amazing how gorgeous the sky was just before Ike arrived? Happy Sky Watch!

Carrie and Troy Keiser said...

The sunset was outstanding! too bad it spelled destruction.

crete said...

These are beautiful photographs. I hope you guys were OK after hurricane Ike.

Ray

Tommy V said...

nice sunset and with great colors

Mary said...

Wow, such beauty bringing such destruction! Gorgeous shots. :)

reluctantfarmchik said...

Beautiful color - well captured. It's good to take notice of beauty around us - we never know what might be after the beauty, right!??

nina said...

Yes--something was brewing!
Great photos! Really enjoy your site.
Nina at Nature Remains

Enigma said...

The show the sky put on for you...before the storm...probably gave you little solace as you looked back. Still, you captured tremendous images in these shots! Thank you for sharing what are truly mesmerizing photos.

Arija said...

It just goes to prove the rule that there is some good in everything, even Ike, since you got these beautiful shots.
Hope you are all well and getting back to normal.

Woody said...

Great Photo! Love the color!

vincibene said...

Gorgeous pictures! Wonderful breathtaking colors!

Anne-Berit said...

Fantastic pictures,all of them.Hope you are all right.Love from Norway:o)

PJ said...

We're in Florida, on the Gulf side, so we met Ike. More specifically my car. It's in the shop right now after an encounter with a tree branch. After the last four years, all I can do is sigh.

You can fly to my SWF post here.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Yes all that beauty before so much destruction. Stunning pictures.

Catherine said...

Awesome captures~wow,fantastic colors in your sky! Amazing how an approaching storm can make the sky so beautiful! I could look at these captures over and over again, they are stunning!
Happy sky~watching! Oh And loved your newest post, thanks for the motivation! :D
Cat

Rob Ripma said...

Beautiful sky! Great shot.