Friday, June 5, 2009

Two Faced?


It is hard to take a bad sunset picture for Skywatch Friday. As the thunderstorms, which have pasted Bend, Oregon, all week are now dissipating, the promise of calmer weather approaches. Yesterday, while fishing in the Deschutes River canyon, a thunderhead, like a giant Brahma bull, stomped its way across the sky and created the most powerful wind and dust cloud I have ever experienced. Caught in this maelstrom of pine cones, and leaves and assorted debris swirling like frenzied swallows to towering heights and tree limbs loudly snapping, I fled to the car just as large hail and bullet-shaped raindrops began pounding the ground. I glanced at the river and watched the wind viciously slice the water and cleaving its surface into deeply plowed furrows over and over again. Such was the power and ferocity of this weather..
Yet, this evening's sunset shows nature's kind gentle face, and majestically hides a split personality. Like living with the moods of an unpredictable spouse, I felt both powerful feelings of love and fear and the necessity to accept nature's caprice. The magical charm of a reddish glowing sunset may be preceded by the terrible wrath of the storm.

10 comments:

tapirgal said...

OMG, you get the best sunsets in Bend! This is outstanding. I love to look at the photos you post. You did a beautiful job with this. Nice writing.

Rob Ripma said...

Great! It looks like fire in the sky!

cieldequimper said...

Wow! I would have been scared I guess. This really looks like a blazing trail of fire in the sky. Beautiful.

Small City Scenes said...

EXCELLENT!!


Super shot---great color--wonderful words.

I like it. MB

Jacob said...

Fire flowing through the sky. Superb shot, Lee!

jrosey said...

I'm jealous! I've been waiting for a good thunderstorm! Great post.

Sanna said...

WOW! Interesting clods and colours.

Babooshka said...

Spectacular colours bursting out of that sky.

Karen said...

Beautiful sunset and a great shot!!!

I love weather's split-personality and how it changes..

The weather , back home in New Zealand, is very much like the weather in Oregon and Washington State. I never thought I would miss it so much as I have since I moved here, where it is sunny most of the year...

I have discovered that constant sunshine can actually be a bit boring and depressing :-)

Arija said...

I am still smiling with pleasure at your lyrical prose that even overshadows your lovely fiery sunset.