Friday, January 20, 2023

The Colors of Mid January #SkywatchFriday

In this most unusual of Januaries, we've had a variety of colors to choose from.

January 16, the sun set in almost clear skies and shed a reflection on the water of the river near where I live.

 A better view of the reflection on the water.

As the sun touched the hills, a glow spread along the hills.

The next day, freezing drizzle was predicted.  I was getting ready for work when I remembered the sunrise.  I opened the door and saw the purple glow.  I ran outside, dressed in work clothes and house slippers.  Concentrating on the sunrise, I failed to note it was raining.  And 26 degrees F (-3.3 C)  Which meant the rain would be freezing on any surface.  I hurried inside and only got this one picture.

Oops.  The rain had only begun, fortunately, and there was no glaze on the ground - yet.  If the sunrise had been a few minutes later, I would have been ice skating (or house slipper skating) down my sidewalk.

On January 18, the skies were back to their normal grim grey, but there was still enough sun for a reflection of trees on a creek that the western Vestal Rail Trail crosses over.  No snow on the ground but you can see snow/ice on the bottom center and along the edge of the left bank.

Yesterday, it rained almost all day.  I was busy during sunset, but at some point I noticed that the sky was purple - again.  I quickly grabbed my phone.  Unfortunately, the iPhone didn't capture all the purple; just a hint of it.

I am wondering when we will return to normal winter weather.  Hoping it isn't in April or May.

Joining Yogi and other sky watching bloggers each Friday for #SkywatchFriday.


  1. ...mid January looks good in your area.

  2. It's been oddly warm here. It's usually warm-ish here, but it's rare that it's in the 70s most days.

  3. Beautiful colors, but looking at those pictures, I can feel the cold.

  4. Perhaps it's just going to be a weird winter. We're having a wet one, which is unusual in itself. Sometimes, the pattern is just off.

  5. We've been having some spectacular sunrises and sunsets -- on the days that aren't too cloudy. One thing I love about this time of year is the opportunity to witness both.

  6. Beautiful skies, and nice variety. Be careful running in your house slippers!

  7. Beautiful series of sky shots ~ great colorful ~ Xo

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

  8. Such a beautiful sky in the golden hour

  9. You got some really good shots with reflections and silhouettes, and a weather report. We are having unseasonably warm temps here and I would just as soon it cool down and give mother nature some time to kill some more bugs.

  10. Glad you didn't go boom wearing slippers outside. P.S. I do similar in all sessions. You caught the sky in several amazing colors. Thank you for sharing.

  11. Beautiful shots! We only had one icy morning so far.

  12. Gorgeous skys above, Alana. /Carol


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