Saturday, September 12, 2015

Smoky Summer Skies


I love this smoky sunset photo taken on the Foundation trail in Black River Falls, Wisconsin. One of our favorite summer walks. It snakes through clear sandy creeks and towering pines. Then it veers through a quaint small town and finally meanders by the rolling Black River. But this year, the best part of this path was the drama in the skies.

Did you capture the fiery veil of our smoky summer skies?  A couple weeks ago I missed a great local shot of the surreal sunset here in Minneapolis. But over July 4th in B.R.F. I had my camera ready.  This one captures the sun radiating through the pine needles. 



Downtown B.R.F. all decked out with petunias and flags for the 4th. I love small town fireworks. No traffic!



A town flower sculpture that is right up my alley.



I had to laugh at this row of gnomes. Since I love to travel, I guess you could say these guys are up my alley too.



We spotted this fawn (literally) at the side of the road. 




These sand hill cranes were running to catch a big snake. 




A pointy weed caught my eye.



But it was the pre-firework show that had me awe inspired. 









By the time it hit the tree line it looked completely surreal. 



Photoshop? Nope. The real thing. Or the surreal thing!



24 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Wow, gorgeous captures of the sky and sun! I love the deer and the cranes. the flower sculpture is cool and I love the row of Gnomes. Great post and images. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy weekend!

Mama Zen said...

That moon is amazing!

Margaret Adamson said...

That Moon is astonding Sharon. Fantastic host of it. Love the palette and the hanging baskets of Petrunias. Have a lovely weekend.

Sharon Wagner said...

It's the sun!

TexWisGirl said...

beautiful red sunset! love the fawn!!

Gunilla B├Ąck said...

The fawn is so sweet! I love the red sun. It looks amazing.

Stephanie said...

Gorgeous sun and sky shots! Love the fawn.

DJan said...

Wow on those sunset pictures. Surreal is right, Sharon. I love that paint easel flower display, too. :-)

Anni said...

The deer....such an awesome critter!!
Your sky....so gorgeous.
And your birds, GOOD FOR THOSE CRANES!!!---I hate snakes. lol Those cranes should soon show up in our area for the winter, I look forward to their beauty.



Thanks for stopping by this weekend and linking up at I'd Rather B Birdin'!!!

Linda said...

Gorgeous photos, Sharon, and the fawn is adorable! :)

Gauri Kulkarni said...

The sunset pics are lovely ... the gnomes are way too cute and the flower sculpture awesome!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

Wonderful photos!

jane phillips said...

Great photos! I finally can comment on them!

Caren Gittleman said...

just beautiful!!
The shot of the deer is soooooooo clear!
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Donald Urness said...

Very cool photos

Findlay Wilde said...

Did the cranes get the snake? The sunset pictures are fantastic.

Sharon Wagner said...

Yup, they got the snake!

Adam Jones said...

Great looking Cranes, and love the deer.

Latane Barton said...

I wish I had that flower easel thingofamagiggy. Too cute. Great pictures of the sand cranes, too.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Wow, that sun is amazing! But the whole series is wonderful ... What a beautiful and fun area you call home. ( the art sculpture does look as if either you made it or it was made with you in mind.)

CountryMouse said...

Wow! What a sunset. Smoke does amazing things to the sky. Beautiful captures of it. That fawn is so pretty. The paint pallet of flowers is pretty cool and I hope those cranes got the snake, ewww.

bettyl-NZ said...

These are delightful shots! The sunsets are just awesome.

Marie C said...

That first shot is just amazing! Love them all, especially seeing the sand hill cranes and the deer. I think the little town is adorable...reminds me of Snowflake here in AZ, just so charming! I love that paint pallette sculpture! May have to do that in my yard!!!!

bettyl-NZ said...

Love your photographic artwork! The sky is full of wonderful beauty.