Thursday, November 27, 2008

Skywatch Friday: November Gold (Part 1)


Here in Sycamore Canyon under currently cloudy skies, the wind tattered Canna lilies are blooming once again before the cold and diminished hours of daylight kill them off for good.

A female great-tailed grackle sits atop a utility pole in Coolidge, AZ on November 2, 2008

The foothills of the Santa Rita Mountains are bathed in the golden light of a late November afternoon. Gus took this photo on our November 15th hike along the Sycamore Canyon Wash's west rim. November is a dry and golden month here also, but we get our gold from the grass and the late evening light, instead of from the leaves. It makes me wonder what colors December will bring!

Visit Skywatch Friday to see the colors of the skies from around the world!

Scroll down to see November Gray, photos I took this of this morning's rainy skies.

Photographer's notes: All photos taken with the Nikon D80

  1. Canna lily photo by Kathie 11-24-08 70-300mm lens 1/400, F 5.6
  2. Golden Grackle by Kathie 11-2-08 70-300mm lens 1/320, F 5.6
  3. Golden Foothills by Gus 11-15-08 70-300mm lens 1/500, F 4.5

18 comments: said...

Your pictures are beautiful!

I live in Vail off of 83 at in the Empire Mts.

Have created this site for the 'locals'

I purchased a Canon based on a friends recommendation and love taking & viewing pictures from this area. Which reminds me, I need to post some to the site.

Happy Thanksgiving.

bobbie said...

Beautiful photos as always, Kathie.

Jane Hards Photography said...

The scenery is so vast and the earthy colours wonderful.

kjpweb said...

Uh - a double SWF! :)
Good job and good title!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Cheers, Klaus

Jim said...

Kathie, you do good always. I'm glad you deferred the cooking for a little blogging. My favorite here is the grackle, below my fave is the rain beaded tree.
Thank you.
Happy SkyWatching, Happy Thanksgiving. (BTW, our Black Eyed Pea Restaurant today was fine.)

Ruth said...

Nice contrast with your grey and gold pictures. I have enough grey here today so enjoy your blue and gold shots. Hope you are enjoying your Thanksgiving day.

Vickie said...

Love the golden light in your photos. And canna lilies in November! Very serene post.

Celeste said...

Beautiful golden photos for Thanksgiving.

MicheleRF said...

I agree with Vickie, the golden light is fantastic. Here in PA we rarely get that color, especially now:( My sister was living in Oro Valley, AZ last year & I visited here there in January and did some birding and photography. It was wonderful and I defintely hope to go back some day soon!

Mary said...

Golden light is wonderful. We don't see that often here.

Thanks, Kathie.

And, Happy Thanksgiving!


Unknown said...

Beautiful flowers !
Happy Thanks Giving ..


Kathryn and Ari said...

I've never seen a great tailed grackle before. They should get some credit for their impressive beaks, too.

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Lovely photos. I like how the Saguaro frames that last scene. Cool!

Happy Sky Watch Friday!
New Mexico

Naturegirl said...

Kathie I enjoy seeing images of AZ this time of year as I am always there for your Spring show!
My world here is pretty grey..NG

Arija said...

Kathie, you both take such lovely pictures, I love the birds, the landscape, the light, the wet and the dry of it all, as well as your great hikes.

DeniseinVA said...

Those are lovely photos Kathie. Flowers, birds and a pretty landscape, such a winning combination.

Susan Gets Native said...

I just got an email from Lynne. Is it true, Kathie? Is it? Is it? Is WV in your future?

Arija said...

Another great post! Love the pole sitting Grackle and Canna lily and Gus'desert landscape is moodily lovely.