1.22.2009

I saw the SKY!

This is my fourth winter. You read that right, the kind of winter with weather, snow, lots of gray days, ice and ice crystals, barely feeling the warmth of the sun for up to five months. Before these four years my life was in Southern California. Don't get me wrong, winter exists there, well all the folks with obvious seasons chuckle over that, I know. The seasons down south are more SUBTLE. Anyway, it has been gray for gosh... ten days at LEAST. I have not been my normal cheery self for about two months, for a number of reasons. I am guessing the lack of sun had it's effect in my more fragile state of being. With the encouragement of a friend I drove up to our ski mountain to get above the clouds. Now that was a brilliant suggestion! My spirit lifted immediately. The light went right in my eyes and touched my heart and my spirit was light and cheerful. Twas amazing to witness and feel this! Here is an image from up there:


Then I drove back down into the Flathead Valley, back into the clouds.....
Not much light, but I found beauty:


I went into a store, came out to find the sun and blue skies!!!
Here are sunset images:



To see sky images from others around the world: Sky Watch Friday

43 comments:

  1. Those are really beautiful shots. Stunning contrast in color in the first one. I'm glad you got a little bit of sunshine. I guess it does make all the difference in how you feel especially if you haven't seen it for a while. Here in Norcal we see lots of sunshine, but today it actually rained a little. Happy Friday.

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  2. That tree with the long white tresses is amazing, refreshing just to look at it.

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  3. You made it on your outing! Bernie said you might head up into the mountains. I'm glad you got to experience those vivid blue skies, and that tree set against it is amazing. I hope it helped with your mood a bit. It is amazing how that lack of sun can get to us some times. And then you brought the blue down the mountain with you!

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  4. Magnificent shots, you captured them perfectly.

    Cheers!
    Regina In Pictures

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  5. So beautiful blue sky and tons of snow! Have a great weekend//Eva

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  6. Linnea, yes that sunshine did make a difference in my day!

    ArtSparker, I agree, i did have a bit of a moment with that tree!

    Stacey, Yes I made it out! Fun to think of you two talking to me. Somehow it tells me that we do make friends in blogland!

    Thanks for the appreciation!

    Eva, Glad you enjoyed the blue and snow, they are like a perfect marriage at times!

    Many thanks,
    Tammie

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  7. Hi there!
    Love those first two. It's like being in a winter wonderland.

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  8. Perhaps when your spirit was revitalized, you found pure beauty once again, and brought it down into the heavier valleys below with you. You then saw the beauty in the denser surroundings which melted the blanket that blocked the sun. ? It's a fun story.

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  9. Yes Bernie, that is a fun story. I enjoy your perceptions. I sense I was not the only one celebrating with blue skies and sunshine!

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  10. Every time I come here I perk up! The second photo is just stunning! But that blue sky...wow...brilliant! Bravo!

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  11. Gorgeous winter pictures!

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  12. I get blue sometimes during a long winter and it is usually cabin fever. I try to get out and take the dog for walks out in the bush...but you always seem to find beauty in the least likely places

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  13. Hi Tammy
    These are truely stunning captures... the frozen trees are awesome ...

    Tom

    Tom's Sky Watch Pictures

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  14. Very beautiful snaps, I really enjoy the one with the horses. =)

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  15. I come to your blog to see the lovely photos of trees and sky and icicles. You cheer me up, even when the sky outside my window is smothered in gray. :)

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  16. Such beautiful photos!<333 I love winter scenery and these are more than amazing!

    Is it ok to ask where you live now? It's such a gorgeous place!

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  17. Tammie Lee: You proved that even under the most dire conditions things will change and beauty will appear. This Winter has been very gray.

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  18. You captured some gorgeous pictures. The first one is absolutely beautiful. I can understand how your spirits were lifted up there on the mountain.

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  19. It's wonderful that you were able to use the beauty in the world to lift your spirits. Awesome shots! Hope things are better.

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  20. Ah the picture with the sunset and the horses is so beautiful. It reminds me of when I lived on a farm in Missouri.

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  21. Beautiful images, you've really captured the magical beauty of a snow-covered tree.

    I'm glad you found your light, I too am very susceptible to emotional darkness during the gray days. It's incredible how something as simple as sunlight can make such a difference.

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  22. the first two are gorgeous! the trees are so white.

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  23. Wow! These are all so gorgeous! Those snow-crusted limbs against the bright blue sky is so beautiful. Glad the bright skies lifted your spirits! :o)

    Thanks for stopping by and commenting!

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  24. The horses, love that one. I forgot to mention, I hope you can stop by my blogs and giveaways as well. I've got chatter mixed with goofiness mixed with photography. It's nice to meet new people in this OWOH whirlwind.

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  25. you really do wonder with your camera. I'm also a nature lover and loved watching sunset because it always inspire me.

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  26. those are really beautiful pictures. loved them.

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  27. I just love visiting your blog and taking in your astounding images and inspired words ...

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  28. Very striking pictures. They have a real WOW factor. Have a super weekend Smiles B

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  29. Awesome shots! The blue sky looks so goooood! :D

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  30. Your photos are magical! It must have been quite an adjustment to move from Southern CA to where you are now. I moved from Southern CA to Florida & that adjustment took me 5 years! I don't think I could survive without the sunshine but it looks to me that you create your own with the beauty of your photography:)

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  31. You certainly found beauty and to spare! Those first two shots are just pure heaven! The other two are lovely too in their own ways.

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  32. I'm glad you were encouraged to get above the clouds...it can make a huge difference, and when the valley gets into an aversion like it has been, going for a hike up above the fog and clouds you can feel as if you are swimming in the sky...a very cool feeling to be sure!

    I grew up here (in the Flathead) and just recently returned after having lived in Seattle for 16 years...so for me I feel that winter here is full of sun! lol I guess it all depends on your perspective!

    It was a pleasure finding you during One World One Heart, and even more fun to know that we are in fact Neighbors in life!

    Keep reaching for the blue sky!

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  33. Glad the light went right into your eyes: we are all the beneficiaries of your eyes. Love the second photo, regal queen tree, and the beautiful light in the last photo.

    Keep traveling to the top of the world...

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  34. We lived in Redwood City as children,my mother from Bergen Norway where it rains very much (an understatement)When the rain finally came in California she always started walking the streets.To feel the rain on her face ,to feel the streets clean up.We miss feelings.I am waiting the sun to come back .

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  35. these are beautiful@!!!! such great photos!!! thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving me such a nice comment... and yes!!! my basket is full of amazing superawesome goodies and i hope you will be back to play some more!!!! pleasetameetcha as they say where i come from :)!

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  36. There are a few thing need to do so I'm a bit late to came n see your full of vibrant & contrast snowy photo ;)
    Love 'em all...

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  37. You really touched my heart and spirit too. You got so much out of your winter. Beautiful stuff.

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  38. Wow, 4 yrs already, time flies. Love your pics. Send some sun my way, It's been days of gray for me as well. kiss

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  39. Stunning shots. The clarity of the blue sky in the first shot is breathtaking. I am glad that your trip up above the cloud line raised your spirits.

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  40. Great shots and how beautiful white is looking in Your photos.

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  41. Simply amazing photos!

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Warm greetings to you~

Thank you for visiting and also for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Seeing through your eyes and heart mean so much to me!

Tammie