Sunday, January 6, 2019

An Image and Its Story - December 2018



Northern California winters - at least here at the coast - are mild ones with the occasional freezing nights and chilly days. Clear days and nights mean colder weather - and stunning sunsets. Somehow. the winter sunsets are so much more brilliant than the ones in summer. The colors are bolder and there are way more pink and red shades in the evening sky. The same, by the way, goes for sunrises.

December had some amazing sunsets for us. I saw this one from our upstairs window, grabbed my camera and went outside and further down the street. I knew that this tree would be the perfect silhouette for the sky. Bare trees are my weak spot, and this one is a preferred resting place for dozens of crows during the day. I once saw a hawk perching on a branch and observing its surroundings (no crows in its vicinity at that time!). The tree stands just at the edge of a lovely meadow that is home to our beloved neighborhood donkey.

While I'm writing this it's raining - much needed and therefore more than welcome. No gorgeous sunsets for the next few days.



15 comments:

Elephant's Child said...

That is an absolutely stunning sunset. Like you, I have a big weakness for the elegance of a filigree of bare tree branches against the sky. And for the corvid family - such intelligent family minded birds.

David Gascoigne said...

It is a gorgeous sunset, but when I first saw the picture it recalled all those dreadful fires you have been having out there. Thank goodness it is natural beauty to appreciate and not devastation and disaster.

Jeanie said...

I'm with you on bare branches against the sky. Preferably a simply stunning sky like this one -- it's beautiful in every way.

Cheri said...

That is an amazing shot Carola!

krishna said...

Beautiful picture. Since yesterday the sky is very gloomy. yesterday afternoon it was raining so heavily that it was really difficult to drive on freeway. While coming back we came through surface roads.

Sandra said...

That really is a stunning sunset and the tree silhouettes create lots of interest and beauty!
Happy New Year, Carola!

Red Rose Alley said...

Yes, it seems that the sunrises in the Winter are prettier than the Summer. What a beautiful sunset, Carola. I hope the new year is being good to you so far. So glad you're getting some rain. We are here too. : )

~Sheri

Sue (this n that) said...

Oh so gorgeous - what a sight, thank you for showing us Carola :D) xx

Tomoko said...

So gorgeous! Perfectly beautiful sunset.
I love the contrast with red and black.
Have a good day!

windrock studio said...

Carola, all of these words you wrote are so special to me ... sunsets and sunrises, bare trees, crows, hawks, meadows, rain and neighborhood donkey!
And this image just takes my breath away, thank you for going out and taking it.

Magic Love Crow said...

Truly stunning! I love this photo!

Joyce F said...

That picture would make a neat jigsaw puzzle!

Michelle B said...

Wow! The sunset is gorgeous! I have a weakness for bare trees too. When there are no leaves the sunrises and sunsets look wonderful through the branches. Glad you got some rain. Happy New Year!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

What beautiful color! It's great to get out and photograph sunsets...and sunrises if you are an early riser! I walked outside tonight and took a few. I also wanted to thank you so much for your comment on the bobcat I saw. It was so interesting to hear about the mountain lion in your part of the country. I always remember that wildlife in the forest is just that...it is wild! And we need to respect that and be alert. I'm also interested in the fact that you hike alone. I do too...but I don't mention it on my blog very often. I get a lot of negative reactions! lol Enjoy your evening! Hugs, Diane

Karen Lakis said...

The colors are amazing! I'm so glad you knew to take this photo!