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Thursday, March 17, 2011


Welcome sunshine in the Twin Cities has produced some lovely skies this week, especially in the early, daylight-savings-time mornings. I captured these contrails blazing in the sun above the plant where Dave works as I was walking along the mighty Mississippi Riverside park. This was the blue-est of blue skies I saw this morning. Our snow is beginning to melt as we've enjoyed a heat wave this week in the 40 to nearly 50 degrees range. I've also seen my first Blue Heron lumbering along the River's edge and heard the call of returning Red Wing Blackbirds this morning. Winter seems to be headed for retirement. And I, in turn, feel the life returning to my old bones.

I found this quote this morning, referring to women's urge to prevent the signs of aging on their face, which seemed to parallel this winter's swan song and the stirrings of a new spring:

'Most of the time, age feels like a mask--something that I wear, not something I am--and when I gaze fondly at the faces of my old friends I can see them as they were when we were young.'
[Judith Thurman/The New Yorker]

More skies to enjoy at Skywatch Friday.

17 comments:

Daryl said...

I love the morning skies this time of year .. lovely .. happy Skywatch .. happy St Pat's!

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous skies, Noni, and it is so wonderful to see the hint of spring as we are here in Seattle as well! Terrific captures for the day! Hope you have a great St. Pat's Day and a great weekend as well!

Sylvia

Annie said...

Happy blue skies to you on the day o' the green.

Gary said...

Great skies!! You can just make out the birds in one photo. Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

VALKYRIEN said...

A lovely sky indeed! Give me hope of spring is alsom coming my way soon! :)

Irene said...

Lovely shots! Love the pattern of the clouds!

clairz said...

Love that second photo, and that quote is going to stay with me, I can tell.

LauraX said...

Such a wonderful quote! Your skies are so textured...ours is very clear today.

lazyclick said...

Superb shots of beautiful sky.

Hildred and Charles said...

I am in complete agreement with your quote, and love your sky pictures.

ladyfi said...

Great quote and lovely skies!

Pietro said...

I enjoy very much these attractive skies, Noni. The quote is so true.
Beautiful Sky Watch post!

Linda said...

There is definitely spring in your skies.
And how true about age - I am permanently 17 inside.

Pearl Maple said...

fabulous qoute and beautiful skies, congrats on the arrival of spring

Wren said...

Ah, Noni, Now I know it's spring if the snow is melting in Minneapolis! And such lovely skies to show the way.

Miss Becky said...

I love that quote. I've actually found myself doing that at times - gazing at the face of a high school chum and remembering how we used to be in our youth. it's really a beautiful thing, to have both perspectives - one of wisdom and one of carefree days. the creep of spring is on, no? what joy. have a beautiful weekend Mary Ann.

Maggie May said...

Love your sky shots and the quote.
Maggie X

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