Thursday, July 03, 2008

Sky Watch Friday

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Week three for me of Skywatch Friday. Sky Watch Friday is hosted by Tom at Welcome to Wigger's World. Drop by and you will find hundreds of links to beautiful sky scenes from around the world. Nothing worse than a bored house-bound agoraphobic with time on her hands and lots of clouds.... I pared it down to about half a million. The first photo and a number of others feature my beautiful tree that was struck by lightning. I had hoped that the standing half would survive but it won't. It is cracked and a danger to my neighbors. I'm in the process of finding someone to take it down for me and praying for a financial miracle to deal with the expense. It's not going to be easy and I don't think it's going to be cheap. My home owner's insurance will cover $500 - and the guy seemed to be saying they would forfeit the deductible - so that's a big miraculous start. I don't have an estimate yet ... or anybody who doesn't run at the sight of the task.... It's such a beautiful tree. I love it's curved branches against the sky. I wanted to get as many pictures of it as possible before it is taken from life. All the photos can be enlarged by clicking on them. Sorry there are so many. I'm not that happy with most of them. Sigh.


























38 comments:

ellen b said...

Beautiful skies Raven. Isn't it nice to be in the midst of such grand trees. They really frame the sky in a great way...
Happy 4th to you!

Quiet Paths said...

Trees are very tough to lose. I am in sympathy with you. I get very attached to my trees. These are a wonderful tribute to your love of them.

Robert said...

You're apologizing for so many pictures? Shame on you! There's no such thing as too many pictures! I love the framing of the third image. It stands out among the rest to me. I can related to your tree issues. We have an ash tree in our backyard that must go.

Gallicissa said...

Hi Raven,
These are lovely skies.
I like this series.
Have a good weekend!

Luke Wiley said...

Really nice sky shots. I like the variety of trees you've captured here!
My Sky Watch Friday posts

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

and your sky photos really do look great!

Carletta said...

I really like the second one with the the small green branches. It just appeals to me.
I like how the cloud is framed in the third one and the fifth and eight are beautiful. I like the composition on those. I love the blue and green.
Great shots!
I'll be around and posting I think; but have a great weekend!

Michael Manning said...

Raven: I'll bet you would make a fine private airplane pilot. Your love of nature and of these sites would be so accessible with a Cessna 172. But wait!...I forgot. The fuel prices after you pay your $3,500 to take lessons flying. Ah, well. It was a nice thought! :)

reader Wil said...

Such a pity to lose a tree like that. Lightning can be so destructive. My chimney was struck by lightning a few years ago. Your photos tell us the whole drama. Thanks for your visit and your kind words.

Pretty Life Online said...

Perfect entry for skywatch... all I can say is that "you'll be the sun in somebody else's sky"...LoL! Mine's up too hope you can drop by...

Abraham Lincoln said...

You have an interesting post today for SWF.

Anonymous said...

It does look like an interesting tree and love the clouds you have chosen from your thousands :)

quinttarantino said...

It is well known that we Portuguese once sailed the seven seas searching for new lands, wealth and adventures.
We were brave in those days and gave the world new worlds!

Luckily I don’t have to sail the big oceans on a small ship to sea the wonders of our world …
No Sir, I just need to check with Mr. Tom, the finest host there is, for a trip around the world with SKY WATCH TOURS and with a click here, a click there I am quickly in the USA, England, Brazil, Italy, China, Australia, Finland … well, everywhere.

And on each stop I come to see a little marvel of our world under a great sky!
Hope you can come and see my piece of the sky at lenses & visions

Your EG Tour Guide said...

It's hard to lose a beloved tree. This is a fitting tribute.

babooshka said...

Some very inventive angles.

SandyCarlson said...

Raven,
I enjoyed each perspective and the range of depth and color. Great stuff!

Babs (Beetle) said...

Lovely views. Sorry about your tree.

Luiz Ramos said...

So many beautiful shots. Good. Beautiful tree.

WillThink4Wine said...

I know exactly how you feel about losing a tree, Raven. I want to cry whenever I see a mature tree fall. Beautiful skies!

Tipper said...

It is a beautiful tree!

cocabixinhos said...

What a big series of skys!

Willard said...

I can relate to your feelings about the loss of the tree. I had a beautiful clump birch die. It was in an area that endangered a small building on one side and utility lines on the other. Of course I didn't want to pay for having it taken down. My brother and I devised a plan and safely removed it, bud it was a high stress period at the crucial moment of cutting the tree as one was full of fear that the plan would not work and there would be damage to something.

Good luck with this and thanks for sending positive thoughts to the universe about my broken camera!

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a shame to loose such a tree.. and what a shame the costs incurred to have the other one remove.. I hope some one who needs firewood removes it for free.

Petunia said...

WOW! Lots of stuff today! Very nice:)

Snap Catch said...

Great catch for SWF! God and Nature first made us what we are, and then out of our own created genius we make ourselves what we want to be. Follow always that great law. Let the sky and God be our limit and Eternity our measurement.... Happy weekend! Mine's up too hope you can drop by.... here

Dianne said...

I especially like the close-up of the 2nd shot and, as robert said, the framing of the 3rd

there is a wonderful log cabin in heaven for all old trees :)

we have a tree in our yard who looks bad, tree specialist is coming next week. we lost 2 last year - I share your sense of loss.

the birds and squirrels will be coming closer now, they want to know who is taking all those pics of them ;)

John said...

Wonderful set of sky shots!

storyteller said...

What BEAUTIFUL sky shots!!! I’m not sure I can choose a favorite because they’re all lovely. The trees are wonderful too. I’ve posted a single photo for my very first Sky Watch post ever (at Small Reflections), but I can see I’ll need to be carrying my camera and snapping sky photos more often to continue participating.
Hugs and blessings,

Catherine said...

I regret that its life has ended so tragically.
My parents had planted a fir tree (a little xmas tree in fact) when I was a baby. 40 years later, the new owner of the house decided to cut it off as soon as they went into the garden! It was very sad!
I know your feeling. It is a part of your life, your landscape when you open your window that'll desappear with it! Your pictures are excellent, they're from someone who loves Nature! I love also picture #2, I see that way what kind of tree it was.
Have a Great 4th of July, Raven.

Jenty said...

It's always apity to lose such big trees, they're beautiful!

me ann my camera said...

It is a beautiful tree. I can understand your sadness at its loss. I enjoyed your photos.

Thank you for having visited my blogs, your comments were appreciated.

The Texican said...

Great SWF photo series Raven. Thanks for coming by Pappy's for a visit. Come back when you can stay a while. Pappy

April said...

I like ALL your pictures - there's something interesting in each one. It's too bad about your beautiful tree.

Wren said...

Great photos, but what a shame about the tree. We lost a huge locust one year after a hurricane came through (this was in VA not MI). It is a big hassle and somewhat scary but hopefully will work out as well and uneventfully for you as it did for us.

Cheers, and thanks for stopping by Wrenaissance.

Dancin' Fool said...

Hello Raven! I love your trees. We have pines over our house and they make the most beautiful sound in the wind.

Thank you for your comment over at my blog.

Have a lovely weekend.

Linda Reeder said...

Thanks for visiting my site.
Lovely pics of sky and trees.
Sorry to hear you're losing one. good luck with that.

AnneKa said...

Great sky watch post, still trying to see all the sky watch photos on Tom's blog.

Marie said...

Great sky watch :)