Because I declared April a month for fun it seems only appropriate to spend some time celebrating Look Up in the Sky Day. I love the sky when it is blue but I also love it when is filled with lightning. I used to spend so much time trying to capture amazing sky shots on the camera. Occasionally, I am even successful.
One the best sunsets I ever watched was from the 26th floor of a building in Denver, Colorado. The office I was in at the time was facing west toward the Rocky Mountains. First the sky became streaked with baby pink that darkened and eventually became a deep orange as the last rays of the sun shone from behind the Rockies up on to the few clouds that were in the sky. It was beautiful.
Another thing I remember about looking up at the sky was also in Denver. It must have the 4th of July. There had been some sporting event at Mile High Stadium and they were going to shoot off fireworks once the game was over. My friends and I had parked nearby earlier in the afternoon and taken blankets and a picnic dinner to one of the grassy islands in the car park surrounding the stadium. Once it got dark, we all stretched out on the blankets and watched the fireworks going off right over us. It was spectacular.
I remember sitting with a couple of my aunties when I was much younger. My mum is one of 12. Eight of them are girls, so I had a few to sit with. We were outside my grandparents house on a day with sunshine and fluffy white clouds floating by. Several of them told me how they had seen clouds shaped like babies just before they found out they were pregnant. A number of years later, I dreamed of a cloud angel setting a cloud baby down on the hill of the town I grew up in. In the dream the weather was stormy and the clouds were very grey. As it turned out, I was pregnant. The baby didn’t survive. It was heart-breaking.
Finally, just before I moved to Australia, while still living in Denver 9/11 occurred. Denver has an international airport, numerous hospitals and television stations with helicopters. It’s got an Air National Guard base and is very near any number of smaller airports. For several days after 9/11 I remember how strange it was to look up at the empty and quite sky. It was surreal.
There must be a million reasons to look up at the sky. Many of them joyful. In fact, most of them joyful!
I thought I might share a few of my favourite sky photos with you.
All these photos were taken by me…except the one that I am actually in and that was taken by the Fashion Mister. Perhaps I like to look up at the sky so much because I like to travel?! There are many more but they will have to wait for another day. I see a spot of sunshine peeking out from behind a cloud…which means it must be Look up at the Sky Day!
- Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Clouds (kgphotostudios.wordpress.com)
- Look. Look! is it a bird? is it a plane? omg – it’s just the sky! (howdoyousaytacoinspanish.wordpress.com)
- Classical music, fireworks show to return to Springs (gazette.com)