Yesterday morning’s sunrise helped create an orange glow over the western horizon where the moon was setting. While setting up the shot, this dark line appeared in the view finder — a shadow cast by a contrail. The shadow is in the top shot, the contrail is in the bottom shot.
Here in Arkansas, where the Gulf of Mexico sends its warm, moist air streaming northward, and the Jet Stream regularly imports cold air from Canada, we’re no stranger to the scary skies that are generated when the two forces meet.
However, this sky image is scary in another way: More creepy than a green tornado sky and something more akin to the images of fear and horror seen in some German Expressionist cinema. Found the image this morning when cleaning off the SD cards in the digital cameras. This was taken September 2012 from our deck looking southwest.
Mother Nature can really throw some heat — and light. For this week’s big challenge, we offer big examples of what she can do with her electric pitching arm.
We never tire of the skyline out here in the woods. Here’s what we saw this evening:
We’ve had our share of spring thunderstorms in the urban-wildlife interface. Among the more interesting phenomena is how these threadlike clouds rise like ghosts from the bottom of the valley and seem to walk in unison along the tree tops until they dissipate.