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Saturday, August 31, 2013

Last Night's Eerie Drama

We had a storm front moving through - & some DRAMATIC cloud formations in the sky!
The start of a humid & warmer-than-usual few days for the Labor Day holiday weekend, 
with highs averaging in the mid 80s.  (this was actually night before last, Aug 29, 2013)
** Here's a panoramic view**
just as it's starting
I also show closeups left & right, below this photo.
They are all within 10 minutes: 7:40pm or so - 7:50pm.
Around 7:00 we noticed the sky outside... it didn't look yellow, in fact there were bright blue areas to the Southwest (That's the left side of this photo), but it "felt" yellow.  The air itself was yellow - 
a thick dark yellow.
The wind was still - nonexistant, even though you could tell something was approaching from up the street. Eerie!
I went outside, the sun had just dipped down behind the mountain - the sun sets in the center of the panorama above, right where there's a dip in the crest, a passage through the mountain to the other side.
I can't resist ...
 imagine creepy sci-fi music playing as you read, "to the other side" above.)

Back to reality people! That "dip" in the mountains is where the local highway, the North Cross Valley Expressway, rt 309, cuts and climbs through the mountain, giving access from the major highways and the Wyoming Valley cities & riverside towns... "to the other side" (couldn't resist again), to the "Back Mountain" as it's called locally, towns of Shavertown, Trucksville, Dallas... I posted a Google map on August 14, 2013.
     I digress. So... I went outside. the sky was blue, we had just had a nice sunset with greying clouds lined with streaks of pink then purple. Nice. But,    the    air      felt     yellow.  I turned around and looked up the street (off the panoramic view, off from the right).  The sky was an entire mass of GRAY. Heavy. Then I started hearing lots of distant rumblings. You probably guessed right - those rumblings were approaching thunder & lightning. You could palpably feel the air getting thicker, then the breezes started as I ran around the yard, prepping for a storm, in case there were strong gusts.

     Then I went inside, upstairs to the window where I can get the best shots, and started shooting. 
 First was the panoramic view above.

Closer view looking LEFT: approx 7:43pm
Closer view looking LEFT: approx 7:49pm
Interesting how some clouds started poking up higher & higher at the top.

Closer view looking RIGHT: approx 7:43pm
 Closer view looking RIGHT: approx 7:49pm
(In this shot I zoomed back out. I wanted to catch what I could of the huge cloud at the top.)
Then the sky turned grey, almost completely cloud-covered,
as the storm arrived.
FINAL NOTE: I wish you could have been here! I'm sure you probably experienced similar weather events, so you know how powerful the visuals and feelings can get. After this, there was nothing worth recording. It was grey. there was wind. Some rain. Somewhat anti-climactic. 
But this part was really quite fun. And beautiful.
 *1 or 2 of these photos will be available at in the "My Mountain" gallery.

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Evening sun, and June wildflowers

Here's a lovely shining shot of the sun before it slides down behind the #mountain.
Below, in the next 2 #photographs,
 are some #wildflowers on nearby slopes.

These next 2 photos were taken mid-June, 2013.
Some typical, and quite sweet & cute, wildflowers.
(I don't really know their names).
Breathing in the air under the fir #trees is so fragrant with the pine needles. I understand that air is so healthy.
 Here's a closeup of a patch of #flowers in another spot. ENJOY!

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

full moon overhead & interesting clouds

the last moon was spectacular... here's a few shots that evening.
The first one looks like an eyeball, doesn't it?

 The clouds were moving pretty quickly...
 ... and changing shape...

Wednesday, August 14, 2013


Here's a google map showing the location.
The Susquehanna River runs approximately parallel to Route 11 from the town of Plains up to Pittston; it's to the right of Rt 11 and looks green in this view. The mountain range in this blog is the green area, with not many signs of habitation,  further to the left of Rt 11, and the Francis Slocum State Park is on the other side of the ridge, on the "back-side" of the mountain view I see.  The cities & towns all along the river make up  the Wyoming Valley. Pa. USA We're seeing the mountains from the east side of the river, just north of Wilkes-Barre in Plains.
Many locations, etc., in NEPA, this area of Pennsylvania are derived from original Native American words. Here's a quote from Wikipedia: "The Susquehannock people were Iroquoian-speaking Native Americans who lived in areas adjacent to the Susquehanna River and its tributaries from the southern part of what is now New York, through Pennsylvania."

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Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Spring blossoms

Here are some of the blossoms that I picked in the area this past Spring, very early June. The yellow are forsythia flowers. Typical in this part of the country - so vibrant! There are also some apple and pear tree branches. They are bunched together in front of a blue bench for contrast.
*in the "Still-life" & "Floral and Foliage" Galleries  at .