August 08, 2008

sunrise -- it's Sky Watch Friday !


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photo by Donald Kinney

Hope everybody is enjoying a great  Sky Watch Friday.

Well, it's been a while since I've seen a really spectacular sunrise out at China Camp, but I finally was able to oooh and aaah on Wednesday...

We had some clouds roll through the Bay Area Monday night, and San Francisco even got a brief shower.   Yes, we need rain out here in the west -- it's been dry as a bone.   But what we don't need right now is lightning-strikes -- the threat of wild-fires is extremely high.

Read more about the wild-fires in the west at Wikipedia, but here is a brief summary:

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The fires broke out after three years of below-normal rainfall dehydrated much of California's forests and woodlands, making them prone to wildfires.   Spring 2008 for California was the driest on record for many locations;  for example, San Francisco registered only 0.007 inches (0 cm) of rain out of a normal of 6.18 inches (16 cm) from March to May.   As vegetation turned into bone-dry tinder in early June, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought for the first time in over a century.   Dry thunderstorms and lightning, rarely seen on the California coastline in June, rolled onshore on the weekend of June 20 - June 21.   The storm unleashed 5,000 to 6,000 dry lightning strikes across Northern and Central California, igniting more than 800 fires.   The same thunderstorms also caused fires in Oregon.   High daytime temperatures facilitated the spread of the fires and the number of wildfires skyrocketed in the days after the thunderstorm.
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34 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

Very beautiful, to be sure. Sailor's delight?

Ivar Ivrig said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog. This sunrise picture is very beautiful. The sunrise is very special and the light is fantastic.

Louise said...

Fantastic! The color, of course, is wonderful. But I especially love the layers of clouds and the symmetry.

Larry D said...

Great photo! I would have oohed and aahed as well, nice work. Hopefully you can avoid more fires out there.

Sara G said...

Thank you for your comment on my site. Your sunrise is beautiful!!
Take care

Louis la Vache said...

Outstanding, Donald!

photowannabe said...

Really beautiful. Not the usual sunrise for your spot of the world.
The fires have been so awful. I hope they will finally get under control.

Mary said...

oh, that is just beautiful! the wildfires are so frightening, and must be wreaking havoc with so many lives...

MaryAnn Ashley said...

Good morning Firday! This shot reminds me of our skys here in San Diego when we had the wild fires last October.

redlan said...

nice shot of sunrise on the beach. it's perfect!

Tommy V said...

perfect sunset.

ayamlin said...

Hello!
Your picture is fantastic!!
It's like a drawing!
I really like this picture!!

Aileni said...

Great shot - so rich.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Your photograph is a most lovely Sky Watch! Thank you for sharing it with us.

Daryl said...

Neat capture ... red skies always fascinate me


:-Daryl

bobbie said...

A California sunrise - spectacular! No, you certainly don't need any more lightning strikes out there. My daughter lives in Monterey Co. They went camping in Big Sur 24 hours after they opened the sites again. So sad. I'll pray for rain for you.

Kelly said...

Stunning sunrise! Great SWF! Well done!

Jules said...

Love that ball of fire in the sky..well worth the wait!

ps How did you address that ball???
Thanks for the visit!

Deslilas said...

I see a big snake with its open mouth above the water.
Fantastic shot !

kjpweb said...

Well - that's what I call a sunset!!
Gorgeous - like molten metal!
Cheers, Klaus

Petunia said...

- a photo a day may not keep the doctor away, but this shot really make me feel good and that is healthy isn't it?


Petunia's SWF

Lara said...

the only fire should be this amazing one caused by the sunrise... beautiful shot!

Sparkle Plenty said...

Ahhhhhhhhhh! This is SO lovely, and I get lost in that sky that's in the banner box. It's great to fly up out of all of the big messy nests of words I flounder around in during my work days and sail into the different vistas of your photos! For some reason, I especially dug the trolley tracks this week. THANKS!

Fish Whisperer said...

You gotta love those early mornings. Sometime the rewards make it all worth getting up for. Great photo.
Cheers

Hildegarde said...

A perfect sunrise !! I send you some rain from Flanders, we have plenty of it ;-)

PJ said...

Oh, my goodness! How I wish I had been there to see that. You lucky duck.

"JEANNELLE" said...

Just gorgeous, with the sun glimmering on the water!

Thank you for visiting my SW post!

Yrsa said...

Nothing beats a good sunrise or -set. Fantastic pic :)

Sharon Ellery said...

WOW! What a glorious photo. They say that a picture is worth a thousand words - this is one of them.

Berit said...

WOW!!! SO beautiful! LOVE IT!!

LauraHinNJ said...

Lovely colors - looks like a winter sunset here on the East Coast.

system operator said...

Very nice sunrise! It makes great colors on top of water. Happy sky watching and week end!

Ces said...

OMG! What a blessing! I just love it.

Kerri said...

Oh my.....this takes my breath away! You have captured this perfectly! Words fail me.....

 
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