The Sky Above

Every single night before I go to bed I look out my window. Every single morning I get up, turn off the alarm and look out my window. What am I looking for? Nothing in particular. I just want to look at the sky and see what beauty awaits! Some nights it’s a sky full of stars or the moon. Oftentimes its fast moving clouds or fog, in which case I can’t see a thing! Same goes for the morning. There are times that the sunrise is so amazing that I just stand there in awe, frozen at the window. Then I start racing around the house like a lunatic looking for my camera and tripod so I can capture it. Sometimes I’m lucky enough to snap a few pictures. One of my favorite things to photograph is the sky: light or dark. It helps that John is an avid sky watcher as well. On nice calm nights you can find us in the backyard; he with his telescope or binoculars and me with the camera. It’s pretty cool because he will list off the stars and constellations that I have the camera pointed at.  Thankfully he’s willing to get up with me at 5 am and head to Signal Hill to watch the sunrise.

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This was one of the benefits of working at 6am. Driving to work I’d often pull over to the side of the road and look at a scene like the one below. It never got old.IMG_7744

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How many times did I have my head stuck out the bedroom window trying to get a picture of the moon or a wicked sunset? Hopefully the neighbors didn’t think I was trying to peek in their windows. IMG_8054

 

The fishing boat looks like a dot on the ocean.IMG_7840

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A boat heading out to fish as the sun comes up. This was taken on Signal Hill.IMG_7691

 

The next few pictures are ones taken in Florida a few years ago. We stayed in Tampa for a night and the sunset there was out of this world. We drove to Clearwater, a short distance away. Nothing like watching the sun sink into the gulf of Mexico.IMG_6461

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As we were leaving the beach driving back to our hotel that evening we could see lightning in the distance. It was non stop for the rest of the night and not a single drop of rain. It’s not hard to tell where the Tampa Bay Lightning hockey team got their name!IMG_6650

That’s a ball of lightning behind the cloud. We sat in the window of our hotel room and watched the show. It went on forever!IMG_6729

An early rise the next morning to catch our flight. This is what greeted us when we looked out the window!IMG_6812

 

Signal Hill has always been a go-to place of mine to take pictures. It rarely disappoints!IMG_7421

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This is one of my favorites. It was taken from my back deck one morning about 6 or 7am. The sun was rising just as the moon was about to set. The sun was shining on the helicopter. Every time I see this one I wonder what the crew aboard thought about the sunrise or moonset.IMG_6893

 

This sunset was from Fogo Island a few years ago. There were some forest fires at the time and the haze made for some pretty spectacular sunsets!IMG_6343

 

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Star gazing in the backyard!IMG_4225

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This is Lady Lake, Hr. Grace from a few summer’s ago. There were so many flies that night that I only got a few shots in. Thankfully this was one of them. Venus, Jupiter and the Moon.IMG_4770

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The Milky Way over TiltonIMG_4883

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We went to Cape Spear one evening. I saw this couple watching the sunset. I took a snap. I have no idea who they are, I just thought they looked cool!IMG_5684-2

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Down in Bauline, watching the sun set.IMG_3308

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We camped in Terra Nova last summer. (Don’t get me started on the Otentiks, they were fantastic!) I couldn’t believe how calm the winds were there. The following two pictures are long exposure photos and there is hardly any blur in the trees. As they say “there wasn’t a draft of wind.”IMG_3024

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So, I’m pretty excited for the warm weather that’s coming our way, sooner rather than later (finger’s crossed). It’ll give me lots of opportunities to get out and take a few more snaps.

So, any chance you get, whether it’s 3 a.m. and you’re getting up to go to the bathroom or you’re on the early/late shift at work, take a minute or two, look out the window and tilt your head towards the sky. I promise you won’t regret it!

 

Until next time,

Andrea

 

 

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