Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 7 December 2014

Sunday Selections #201

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim, of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files. 

The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen.

Like River I usually run with a theme.  This week?  I am looking to the sky.  We have had a little blessed rain this week.  Not a lot (until yesterday) but it was very, very welcome.  And yesterday we got real rain.  Drenching rain.  And the garden and I are very glad.

Just after dawn one morning I looked outside and saw a rainbow.  So naturally I went out.  And got damp.  Which didn't matter at all.


Very, very briefly there was a double rainbow.  Double bliss.




A few nights later it was the sunset which had me doing mad woman with camera dances.  Again.









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  1. Oh, GASP! Those rainbows are simply stunning. And of course your fantastic sunsets. Such beauty needs to be shared, so thank you for sharing all this with me. :-)

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    1. DJan: Looking to the sky always pays dividends doesn't it? Joy. Real joy.

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    2. When we were children, we used to lie flat on the ground and stare at the sky / clouds moving by. I wonder why we stop doing this as we get older?

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    3. Guyana-Gyal: In my case because of the difficulty of getting up again. Though I did lie on the floor in our National Gallery to look at a Chihuly glass installation. So worth it.

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  2. Aren't rainbows magical? And the double ones seem especially so! Thank you for sharing the beauty of your skies with us. Glad you had a good rain!

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    1. jenny_o: Rainbows are always a delight. I hope I am never too jaded to marvel at them. And sunrise. And sunset. I am a beauty addict - and it is everywhere.

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  3. Beautiful sunsets images, yes, I could have watched them for hours and hours and hours. You are, mad woman with camera, lol. I love the rainbows.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I am a mad woman with or without the camera. And never, ever tire of the sky.

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  4. I find myself looking forward to your spectacular pictures - and once again you have captured much beauty. Always a treat to come for a visit. Thank you for sharing :)

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    1. Whisper Mist: What a truly lovely thing to say. Thank you - I am so happy that other people enjoy my obsessions with me.

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  5. There's something quite magical about rainbows and sunsets. They do really make one take a breath. Something we should all do more often.

    Hope more rain comes your way. It's hard to comprehend what it must be like in the heat of summer. Here in NZ (where I live at any rate) rainfall is not a problem. We are lucky. Very lucky.

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    1. Wendy: Our garden had been crispified in the heat and the dry. This very welcome rain will give us a respite before we head back into the burning days. Sadly we very, very rarely get enough rain. And never in summer.

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    1. Author R. Mac Wheeler: So do I. So very much.

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  7. Thank goodness I'm not the only mad woman running around. At least you disguise your madness by having a camera in hand...I just run around with nothing in hand!!

    I love rainbows but don't want to see one for a while yet...we're getting some rain up this way...and I'm hoping it will last for a few days more.

    I wish you, the Skinny One and your two furry bandits a good week, EC. Take care. :)

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    1. Lee: We need a LOT more rain, but what we got was more than welcome. More is predicted but in teeny, weeny amounts.
      The camera is a wonderful excuse for mad woman dances...
      A lovely week to you and your furry tyrants as well.

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  8. Oh my! How beautiful Rainbow and sunset! I need to get out in the country to see a sunset. Been too long!
    That rainbow is fantastic! What a lucky time for you to be looking outside!

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    1. Teresa: I was just wandering into the kitchen for another cup of tea when I saw it. Tea delayed. Without a second thought.

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  9. There's something magical about rainbows, isn't there? Something that makes grown men and women stop in their tracks to gaze skyward. And a double rainbow! Doubly blessed!

    Hmmm, I wonder if the sky you see there is more beautiful than anywhere else. No, probably not. You're simply more aware and appreciative of the world around you than most people are, and then you go one better by sharing the beauty you see through your pictures. Thank you!

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    1. Susan: I am a beauty addict and a lover of *small* things. And I am very, very grateful that other people also enjoy the things I find so magical.
      A woman I worked with said that in her part of Poland it was too polluted to EVER see a rainbow. Her children had never seen one before they migrated to Oz. I found that sooooo sad.

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  10. I love your sunset shots! Tell me the truth, did you go hunt for the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow? Did you run into an angry leprechaun when you got there? I got a nuisance report about you from one of them... ;)

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    1. River Fairchild: That leprechaun is a stranger to the truth. I wasn't dressed when I saw the rainbow, so didn't go hunting for gold. If I had there would have been dozens of nuisance/visual pollution reports. Justifed complaints.

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  11. I have never found the end of a rainbow but I will keep looking. There must be a pot of gold at the end.

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    1. ditchingthedog: Gold doesn't float my boat. I am happy just to marvel at the magic. Though, if there is a pot of gold, I have some very wealthy neighbours...

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  12. Sorry - 3rd time lucky, I hope!

    Rainbows are special - and these are wonderful photos. Thank you - for the lovely sunsets, too.

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    1. Alexia: Blogger is being unkind to you again is it? Hiss and spit. Thank you for perservering.
      Rainbows are one of the childhood joys which never dissipates aren't they? And so are sunrises and sunsets.

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  13. Sunsets, waterfalls & rainbows--my 3 favorite things in the world & they're all free!!

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    1. fishducky: I love all three of those things too. And wish waterfalls were more common in my life.

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: So do I. Always.

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  15. Great pictures, as usual. The sunset silhouettes are my favorites. Well, maybe the rainbows, too.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: The clouds we had that day didn't bring us any rain - but they did make for a spectacular sunset. Which I loved.

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  16. Well I think everyone who has commented before has said it all. ABSOLUTELY STUNNING.

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    1. Margaret Adamson: Thank you - I was lucky wasn't I?

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  17. You got some awesome shots!
    Double rainbow... what does it mean???

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    1. Alex J. Cavanaugh: I looked up Double rainbow - and am glad I did. Thank you.
      A Double Rainbow Symbolizes a transformation in life.The first rainbow represents the material and the second the spiritual.

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  18. Beautiful rainbows! But evening skies are quite lovely too.

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    1. Bookie: We often get good sunrises and sunsets, but rainbows (and rain) are much more rare. I love them all.

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  19. Love all the sunsets and I'm so glad you got some drenching rain.
    Your rainbows are fabulous, I never seem to get good rainbows.

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    1. River: It was wonderful. More was predicted for today - but not a drop have we seen. Perhaps tonight. Fingers crossed.

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  20. Thank you for the meaning of the double rainbow, I never knew that. It hadn't occurred to me there would be a meaning.

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    1. River: I hadn't considered the meaning either. Alex Cavanaugh asked, and I looked it up - and am glad I did.

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  21. I love the rainbows, especially the double rainbow. There's just something magical about rainbows. Maybe it's the stories of the pot of gold at the end or the fact that they only last for a short time. Sunsets also make for amazing photos. I'm so glad you did your mad woman with a camera dance and shared your results with us. All the photos made me smile, thanks. :)

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    1. Mason Canyon: Thank you. I was smiling as I took them too. Rainbows have such ephemeral beauty that it is hard not to love them. And here at any rate they are rare.

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  22. Fantastic shots and I love the double rainbow. Not often we see rainbows here for some reason.
    I believe you've been having some pretty stormy weather over in Canberra (as have most of our eastern states it would seem). Hope it's not damaged your beautiful garden or kept you inside too much.
    Thanks again for sharing such beauty with us. Hugs.

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    1. Mimsie: Rainbows are a rare treat here too. For most of last week we got very little rain. Brief showers and a LOT of wind. We lost a rose to the wind - it snapped at ground level. A sadness. Yesterday was wonderful, mostly gentle, soaking rain though we got less than half as much as some parts of town. Predicted again today - and not a drop.

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  23. Now that's what I call a rainbow...beautiful!

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    1. Karen: It was a delightful treat. And I can't remember ever seeing one so early in the day either - it was before six.

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  24. I thought it might have been more wet birds. The trees silhouetted in the sunset photos are nice and who ever gets tired of rainbows.

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    1. Andrew: I thought everyone had seen enough wet birds for a while. And I could never, ever get tired of rainbows.

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  25. Great pictures wish we had rainbows that would mean the rain is finished for a while, we had lots.
    Merle.................

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    1. Merlesworld: We got the rainbow before we had any meaningful rain. Lots of thunder, lots of wind and a few drops of rain. Until yesterday when we got quite a lot. More was predicted for today - and I would have welcomed it, but it wasn't a happening thing.

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  26. Soosie I love dancing in the rain with my garden and the icing on the cake is the rainbow....and then to see the fabulous sunset is pure bliss. Thanks for sharing your beautiful sky...now if we could have snow rainbows I would be soooo happy!

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    1. Donna@LivingFromHappiness: You get the most wonderful diamonds in the snow though... And isn't rain a wonder? And the rainbow was indeed the icing on the cake that day.

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  27. Congrats on the rain EC. And the rainbow shots are utterly brilliant. On the day of my husband's funeral 11 years ago, a double rainbow greeted us in the morning and stayed with us all day. It was in Tasmania.
    Who could ever tire of sunset images, they are gorgeous.

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    1. Rose ~ from Oz: Rainbows do seem to make an appearance at funerals don't they? One of my friend's younger brother died - leukemia -and as we left the church the most glorious rainbow led the way.

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  28. The nasty spammer I see has a photograph of a woman who is marrying Charles Manson. I don't know if it is her account or not, but I'd say you need comment moderation going on for your own peace of mind. And all that on a post about rainbows and sunsets!! Jeez. I love the pictures, especially the rainbows!

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    1. All Consuming: That particular troll visits, and spews his or her bile every Sunday night. I delete the comments and move on. And I am glad that he/she didn't put you off the beauty.

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    2. Dear small lords.
      Nothing puts me off beauty such as this, or this place either.

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    3. All Consuming: Good. Very good.

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  29. That's one of the more beautiful rainbows I have seen in my life. It's so clear.

    Greetings from London.

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    1. A Cuban in London: All rainbows are beautiful - in my head and heart at least.

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  30. Gorgeous sky shots. The double rainbow and single as well came out fantastic. I'm taking some sky shots today :D thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. Raquel Somatra: I am really, really looking forward to your sky shots.

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  31. You got some gorgeous pictures. I love that you got the double rainbow!!

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    1. mail4rosey: The double rainbow was so brief that I was lucky to see it, and lucky to capture it as well.

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  32. Nature at its finest! You don't see too many rainbows this time of year.

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    1. Stephanie Faris: I never see enough rainbows...

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  33. Nice rainbow and sunset photos! How is your spring summer going? Hotter than usual or acceptable this year?

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    1. Strayer: The weather is all over the shop. It has been vilely hot, then cooled down, then warmed up again. A waiting game.

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  34. Lovely sky pictures. I too am fascinated by the paintings the sky creates.
    Glad you got some rain. Selfishly, I really want that beautiful garden of yours to thrive, so you can share more photos.

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    1. Myrna R.: The sky is always a magnet for my eyes. Always. Some of the garden will die this summer, and some will survive. And I will build on what survives.

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  35. A rainbow... what a beautiful thing to capture. They always make me a little sentimental. Have a wonderful weekend :)

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    1. totallycaroline: Rainbows are so ephemeral, and so beautiful that they always bring a lump to my throat. I hope your weekend treats you kindly.

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  36. Lovely.
    I just adore visiting Australia.
    your rainbows look like ours!! xxxx KISSSS

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    1. My Inner Chick: I love your visits - and rainbows seem to be a unifying thing. We all love them...

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  37. Those are fabulous - I'd be dancing myself! Thank you for sharing.

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    1. Riot Kitty: I don't dance well - and have to dance when no-one is looking but yes, a wobbly grinning dance did happen. And will again each time I am slapped in the face with beauty.

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  38. Hi Sue,

    Rainbows and the magic, the symbolism of hope is embraced. Thank you, as always, for sharing your photos, your thoughts.

    Gary

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    1. klahanie: How lovely to see you back in the blogosphere. I hope your week is wonderful.

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  39. Your rainbows have something special to my eye. They showed you their most subtle colours.


    ALOHA from Honolulu
    ComfortSpiral
    <3

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    1. Cloudia: You are the rainbow queen so I am very, very happy that this pair met with your approval.

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  40. I know those dances:) And so grateful for the signs and stories
    that were swept across your sky; I love how they find you watching:)
    -Jennifer

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    1. Jennifer Richardson: They are very, very happy dances (though ungainly). And I am very grateful for the beauty that so often graces my world.

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  41. A burst of colors in the sky in both cases! Love them all. :) I think the sunset pictures are just stunning and the changes are breathtaking. I have always been a fan of rainbows and a double rainbow is extra special. Glad you were able to capture these for us.
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS: It would be a very sad and drab world if we didn't have the sky and rainbows to delight in wouldn't it?

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  42. Gorgeous photos!
    I saw my very first double rainbow just a few weeks ago. Glad you also got to capture it with a photo.
    You took great shots of the sunset sky too. I'm glad you were a mad woman dancing with her camera. lol
    Thanks for stopping by my blog (2justByou) earlier and supporting my guest poster. =0) I hope you'll visit again soon!

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    1. 2justByou: Thank you for returning my visit - I will definitely be back. Aren't double rainbows AMAZING?

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  43. The sky is amazing! I love your rainbow - we always get crazy about rainbows. Rain is so good, isn't it? I so enjoy our rain. It feels sooo good after three years of drought.

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    1. Carola Bartz: I knew that you are a rainbow (and rain) fan. We have a drought threatening so the rain was more than welcome. More has been promised - but hasn't yet arrived. Fingers and toes crossed.

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  44. I can feel myself go aaaah, feel my body relax, looking at these pics.

    Like you, the outdoors call to me all the time.

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    1. Guyana-Gyal: It is a siren call isn't it? One I very, very rarely resist...

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  45. I envy your ability to catch a rainbow. My pictures are always a disaster.

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    1. Grannie Annie: A decent shot of the moon is my nemesis. I try, often, and have to hit delete just as often.

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  46. Wow - fabulous beauty in these shots.

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    1. ladyfi: There was fabulous beauty in the moments.

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  47. I love double rainbows! And that sunset -- pure healing beauty!

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    1. Roland D. Yeomans: Better than any medicine I have ever been prescribed.

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  48. ! would love to see that mad woman doing her camera dance!

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    1. Susan Kane: Not a pretty sight. You might have to poke your eyes out to recover...

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  49. I never noticed before that the sky is darker on one side of a rainbow than the other side. Glad you took that photo kiddo.

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    1. lotta joy: It is - quite a lot darker. And I am glad that you enjoyed it - a comment on your last post made me wonder whether rainbows were not your thing...

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  50. I love double rainbows! We've had a few over our house. Great photographs as always :).

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    1. Rula Sinara: Thank you. I have only ever seen a handful of double rainbows, and they make my heart sing.

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  51. you have the most beautiful skies where you live, lovely photos all of them.

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    1. Linda Starr: There are beautiful skies the world over...

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  52. Oh gah! I love sunset pictures. Love them. Beautiful stuff, Elephant!

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  53. Amazing skies! "Mad woman with camera dances" - love the thought of that.

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    1. Lynn: I am quite certain that is what the neighbours think when I head out to stand in the middle of the road at dawn or dusk...

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  54. A rainbow reminds us Nature is powerful. Hope it endures Mankind. Thanks for the good wishes at my blog!

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    1. D.G Hudson: Powerful, beautiful and serenely indifferent to us. I too hope that there are rainbows long after we are gone. And you have had a very difficult year - I do hope that next year is much, much kinder to you.

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  55. Beautiful rainbow! Nature is simply awesome!

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    1. Romance Reader: She is very, very beautiful isn't she? And powerful.

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  56. I haven't seen too many double rainbows; what a treat! And I always love a good sunset. The colors are so amazing and each one is different and lovely in its own way.

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    1. mshatch: I don't often see double rainbows either - and any day I do is automatically a good day. A very good day.
      Dawn and dusk are always a joy. Sometimes a vivid joy.

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  57. Your skies are always a delight to return to. And, a double rainbow? A wonderful sign, I hope xx

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    1. Vicki: Any day with a double rainbow is a winner. Even if the rest of it goes pear-shaped...

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  58. D'Awww .... the sky can be so very pretty :-)

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  59. Missed seeing this last week - but so glad I went back to look for it! Stunning pictures of your sky!!

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    1. Susan F.: Thank you. The sky is a never ending source of delight (and sometimes despair).

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