Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Valley moods

Fiona and I are often asked if we just get to the stage that we take the view of the valley for-granted. We always answer no - for at least two reasons: the valley demands to be appreciated because it is ever changing; and because we have a morning ritual where we stop and look out over the valley and mountains to say thanks and as a way of starting the day.

The morning valley and the big sky above it has again demanded attention during this past week. For pre-sunrise and sunrise light there have been some amazing colours and reflected light off some very unusual cloud formations.

©2016 Barry Smith - Valley bathed in pink morning light
©2016 Barry Smith - Detail of a pink morning
©2016 Barry Smith - Thick roll of cloud in the west with pink highlights
©2016 Barry Smith - Streams of ruffled clouds edges in gold - morning light not a sunset
©2016 Barry Smith - Looking to the east over the mountains - blues and golds
©2016 Barry Smith - Looking to the south west - sombre navy, intense red-orange and gold flecked cloudlets

©2016 Barry Smith 
 And the cloud at times just lazily drifts over the mountains.

©2016 Barry Smith - A grey morning with low drifting clod brushing over the mountains
Thick winter cloud masking the setting sun can also create its own subtle and unusual diffused light.

©2016 Barry Smith - Diffused golden light
The light show demands attention; and we are happy to comply.


  1. How could you possibly not love that view with its changing moods. Lovely photos as usual Barry.

  2. so beautiful! i joined (i kid you not) the cloud appreciation society several years ago. they're online...(isn't everyone and everything?)

  3. Hi P & V - thank you for your visit to the blog; and thank you for your generous comments. P - I know you have similar feelings about your beach walk. V - I had to laugh a little about the cloud appreciation society - a niche for everything. Go well. B

  4. Amazing images of the valley, as usual... I have a similar morning ritual - always good to open one's morning heart to gratitude :)

  5. Wonderful photos. I'm glad I stumbled across your blog!!


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