Thursday, February 19, 2009

Skywatch Friday: Downward to Darkness

Sycamore Canyon Sunset June, 2008 by Gus or Kathie

Deer Walk upon our mountains, and the quail
Whistle about us their spontaneous cries;
Sweet berries ripen in the wilderness;
And, in the isolation of the sky,
At evening, casual flocks of pigeons make
Ambiguous undulations as they sink,
Downward to darkness on extended wings.

From Sunday Morning by Wallace Stevens stanza VIII, Lines 114 -120




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Gambel's Quail in Sycamore Canyon 2008 by Kathie

37 comments:

Lynne said...

That was breathtaking Kathie.

Roy said...

Fabulous skywatch image kathie.

Guy D said...

Perfect skywatch shot, I love it.

Have a great weekend!
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Gaelyn said...

That's one great big beautiful sky.

Diane C. said...

A deep, dark and moody sky with great poem to go with it!

Linda Jacobs said...

Oh, my, I wish we had beautiful sunsets like that! We live in a valley and the mountains block the sun so early in the afternoon.

Kallen305 said...

Kathie, such a gorgeous skywatch photo. I love how vast the sky looks!

Tabib said...

Wow, Beautiful June Sunset and Nice Quail that the cap's colour match that sunset.

Deborah Godin said...

That sky just left me slack-jawed!! It's outrageously gorgeous!!!

Ida said...

LOVELY! :)

bobbie said...

This one is absolutely gorgeous, Kathie!

BirdingMaine said...

Not that's a beautiful sunset!

At top/center of the picture, the cloud formation looks like Mammatus.

VALKYRIEN said...

Wow! Stunning photo!

Babooshka said...

That sky is sensational.

Kathy said...

Those colors are beautiful. Just makes the sky look on fire. =) Hope you have a wonderful Friday.

Tricia said...

Extraordinary sunset & so glad you captured & shared it w/ us!!! I love the colors!!!

Tranquility said...

What a neat sky and what a BEAUTIFUL quail photo!

Naturegirl said...

Kathie your sky is stunning! That is one heck of a sunset!WOW!
I look forward to my 2 month stay in your neck of the woods admiring these brilliant skies and the quail..up close and personal!Arizona bound..NG

Quiet Paths said...

Oh a very, very fine photo with equally wonderful words. What magical colors. You must have been so tickled with that one.

mountain.mama said...

Wonderful sky picture. I enjoy all your bird pictures as well, especially that red cardinal.

Poutalicious said...

I live in Phoenix and we have quail that walk up and down our wall; it's so cute. Thanks for sharing.

Tootie said...

When enlarged, your photo is shockingly beautiful!

Ruth said...

The poem is so fitting with the beautiful pictures. Great post!

Carol said...

Wow..these are great photos...the clouds are beautiful...love the quail also...

Heather said...

Kathie, that sunset is DELICIOUS! Happy SWF, and have a good weekend!

Kyle said...

What a beautiful sunset, Kathie! You can't end the week on a better note than that! (Although I have to admit I enjoyed the quail portrait quite a bit, too.)

Have a great weekend!

Wren said...

Very dramatic and beautiful. There are real advantages to living in the desert. And I love Gambel's quail.

Shellmo said...

A dramatic and beautiful sky!

Shellmo said...

A dramatic and beautiful sky!

Lilli & Nevada said...

What a fantastic photo, would make one heck of a post card

TSannie said...

Beautiful! Both the poem and photo.

I love that quail - someday I'll see one for real!

chrome3d said...

Ambiguous undulations and extended wings indeed! What a sight it is.

bookbabie said...

Love the sunset, it has a dreamy quality to it:)

It's Time to Live... said...

Great as always! Thanks.

Lindab said...

What an exquisite photo and verse to accompany it.

June said...

Thank you for bringing me back to this poem! June

Mary said...

My only reaction is WOW.