Monday, September 17, 2007

Sunrise, sunset...

Of the two, I think my favorite is sunset. That could be because I've lived most of my life on the near the western edge of the continent, resulting in sunrises that filter over rooftops, often diffused through a marine layer. Occasionally I am somewhere more interesting for sunrise, such as Tulelake in February 2007, where Karen, Jim, Sidney & I went to see the bald eagles.

Unfortunately, the eagles partied too long and hard the night before and so spent the night in Dorris, California instead of flying back to their usual nighttime secluded roost in Oregon. So, there we were before dawn, waiting for the dozens of bald and golden eagles to fly out to their morning hunting grounds...only to see just a couple of goldens. But, while waiting, I did get some dawn shots:

The faithful assemble in the dark:



We look south across the valley the eagles would normally fly over to get to their feeding grounds in Lower Klamath Wildlife Refuge...



And look vainly once again to the north, to the hills over which they were supposed to fly...



Once it got light enough to actually see Karen all bundled up in her PORAC blanket, I knew it was time for us to go load up on more caffeine and try to find some birds. Did I forget to mention it was about 20-25F that morning?



As we headed east along Klamath Falls-Malin Highway, then south on 39/139 to go back to Tulelake, it grew quite overcast and colder, and snowed before we made it across to 39:



I do take more shots of the sky during the day (see my profile photo, for example) and at sunset. The next two are the views from my front walkway:





These next two are from a friend's driveway, about 8 PM last Saturday. She moved to a mobile home park a year ago July, and has been too ill to get out of her home to see the spectacular sunsets taking place across the street from her. I happened to have my camera that night, and was able to take these photos:





It saddens me that this beautiful, restful scene is so close, yet for her, so far away...

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2 Comments:

Blogger Karen said...

Is it just me, or does this PORAC blanket make my ass look big?

Karen :)

8:53 AM  
Blogger Melissa said...

Nah, PORAC makes your head big.

9:36 AM  

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