Saturday, 16 September 2006
Waiting for the moment
Last evening I drove a few blocks from my home to the levee above the American River to take some pictures of a nice sunset I saw developing in the sky. The lovely parkway along the river is popular for walking dogs, biking, and jogging.

As I stood there waiting for the orange sky in the west begin to darken and light up the clouds above and to the east, a middle aged women walking her dog came near by.

“I came out to see if it was going to be something. I guess not,” she told me.

“You have to give it a chance. It al depends on whether there are any clouds on the horizon blocking the light. The sun has to get a bit lower before it you can get a good sky.” I explained.

“Well, I can’t wait. I have to get back to the house,” she said and off she went.

I was surprised by her impatience. I am something of a sunset meteorologist in that I can look at a cloudscape in late afternoon and determine what kind of sunset will occur. Yet, people can go their whole lives and never care if they catch a nice one or not, or never bother to learn to locate and name a single star in the night sky.

A little while later, a man came along with a Chihuahua on a leash and so I told him this shaggy dog story. One of the best.

If you don't see any pictures below, you can see them here.













Posted on 09/16/2006 3:29 PM by Mark Butterworth
Comments
16 Sep 2006
Esmerelda Weatherwax
Worthy of Turner, those clouds.

16 Sep 2006
Send an emailmark b
Where'd they go? The pictures, I mean. They were there and now they're not. At least not on my browser. Was I not supposed to post such things? Or did I do it wrong?

16 Sep 2006
Send an emailmark b
Now they're back. Hmm.

16 Sep 2006
Rebecca Bynum
I don't see the pictures either...not sure how you posted them...

17 Sep 2006
Robert Bove
Excellent shaggy dog story! Can't wait to see the pic, Mark. (Is it still on the server?)

17 Sep 2006
Mary Jackson
I can't see the pictures. Maybe it's best to upload them to the server. You save them to your PC first then go into file management/add new file/browse.

17 Sep 2006
Send an emailmark b
Okay, I think that doe it. Maybe the pictures are too big, though?

17 Sep 2006
Mary Jackson
Wow - that's beautiful - worth waiting for.

You can resize the pictures by going into the edit page, clicking on them and pointing the cursor at the corner. You then drag the picture to the size you want.

17 Sep 2006
Rebecca Bynum
I fixed the size - pictures need to be no more than 500 width (whatever 500 is).