||[Oct. 3rd, 2006|09:00 pm]
Many thanks to you all for the well-wishes and kind words.|
As I said, I won't be out there for the memorial service, but I am heading to Connecticut next week (Mon-Weds) to be with family. My plane leaves at 5:30 in the morning and I have a 3-hour layover in St. Louis. Ghuh!
The trees are turning. This evening when I left work it was one of my favorite nature views: direct sunlight on yellow leaves against a deep, dark, blue-purple-gray sky. I wanted to take a picture, but had left my camera at home.
This is one of my favorite views, too! I am forever at a loss of how to describe the yellow cottonwood against the various different tones of sky.
I live in a land where most all the trees usually turn yellow; redbuds and Japanese maples are two exceptions - they turn red.
Oddly, i've mostly not had views of them against interesting skies. This year, once they're turning, i shall pay special attention.
Interesting skies are much more common out here than back East. It's one of the things I never realized I missed until I moved back to Colorado.
That's, honestly, dependent on your definition of "interesting". We've had huge t-storms for the past several days, which I think are incredibly interesting. And a month ago or so, we had one of those perfectly divided skies, where there was a gorgeous sunset on one side of the sky and the greenish-black of an impending storm on the other.
You don't live Back East, you live Up North. I've read enough about weather in people's LJs to conclude that Up North gets interesting stuff in the sky, too. ;-)
Fair enough. I still harbour fantasies that I don't live in the midwest.
You have a point in all this, especially since the Richmond-Philly corridor is basically in the doldrums. I remember the sky in Boston being more interesting than here in DC.
We do get really wonderful skies when a tropical system passes through the mountains, or off the coast. Other than that, interesting mosty isn't here, at least as skies go.
I did a painting of this kind of scene (working from a photo) in high school. It actually turned out pretty well, but I didn't have the sense to leave out the little building in the corner that I couldn't paint nearly as well as the rest of it...
Godspeed in your travels, and long layovers are totally teh suck.
I truly hate early morning flights. Plus, you're like me, and have a reasonable drive just to get to the airport, so you have to leave well before the crack of ugh.
I can take the bus to the airport, so I have to get up at the crack of ugh, but I don't have to be conscious, which muchly mitigates the ughness of it all.
I must say, and have been meaning to blog about it, but, this has been an exceptionally lovely fall, lasting longer than usual, which also means a wider range of colors. I am stunned by the numbers of normal streetscapes I travel which have been transformed into postcards. The colors are sometimes so painfully vibrant that I can only stand there in wide-eyed incredulity.