Thursday, October 09, 2008

Red Sky at Night

Red sky at night, sailor's delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

—Sailing folklore

Photos from an October sunset, Beloit, WI



Blogger Judith Fitzgerald said...

Whoa. Sometimes, there's so much beauty in this world, so much made visible and tangible, there are almost no words. This is one of those times.

Thank you, Art, for the leaves of autumn colours, the sunsets, the white heat, and the visual feast. I think of Hopkins, I think of "God's Grandeur" and "Pied Beauty" and I think, "Glory be to God for dappled things, / For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow . . ." Wow . . .

p.s. I was close on coordinates! Beloit? 42.52N 89.05W!

12:59 PM  
Blogger Dominic Rivron said...

We get wonderful skies here in the Yorkshire Dales (UK) too. Is it just an impression I get, or are some places prone to more impressive skyscapes than others?

1:20 PM  
Blogger Judith Fitzgerald said...

No, I really think you're correct about skyscapes, Dominic; I know that here, in Northern Ontario, they're most amazing (and, I've seen similar in several parts of the more-north UK, too). Beloit is another "northern" region; I think there's something to be said concerning the distance from the equator and the north pole. I can say, our Aurora Borealis? Whew! Humbling, truly; and, that is why I beleaf faith's an unsayable given, thanks to the Unseen Seer.
p.s. I've seen sunsets on the Riviera (where I lived for a year) and, in Key West (ditto); but, they're different; it's a different cast, luminosity, and slant of light, I think

1:55 PM  
Blogger Art Durkee said...

Could do a lot worse than Hopkins for exaltation. I should have included him in white heat, maybe I'll add on later, do a sequel or an appreciation.

I think there is something about certain places. Some locations are just so stunning that it's all amazing. But there's also something about time of year in some locations.

When I lived in New Mexico, some of the most dramatic sunsets ever. Literally looked like Maxfield Parrish paintings at times. That colorful.

I am very aware of light. I would say that more than fifty percent of my photography is about light, varying during time and place. And I've noticed more than once that the sky is often the actual subject of some of my photo work, regardless of what the nominal subject is.

8:18 PM  

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