Friday, August 15, 2008

Skywatch Friday - really for 15 August 2008

I don't know what got into me last week - I originally posted the date as 15 August although it was 8 August. Must have been watching the sky too much.

The skies have not been nice to Laos since the beginning of the month. While we had a long period of drought in the south, to the point of threatening the rice crops, it's been raining heavily in the north. And coupled with releases of water from dams along the Mekong, particularly from Chinese dams, the water level has been very high. In 1966, there was severe flooding in Vientiane - and this year, the water level has been even higher.

Last Saturday, we drove down to the south. This is at Pakkading:
Usually, there are 5 meter high bluffs along the river, but now they are maybe 5 cm. high bluffs.

This is the Sekong River:

Sekong river and sky
Its most recent claim to fame is that it seemed to be the source of a cholera outbreak earlier in the year.
Route 13 looking south:
Sekong sky
Keep going a little further and you're at the Cambodian border.

And back in my house, looking out the back window on Thursday:
sunset and moonrise
Nearly full moon and perfect sky.

Meanwhile, in Vientiane, everyone's been working on fortifying the levee, which was built after the 1966 floods. There are low areas to the west of where I live and to the south but my own house is dry. I've been calling my landlady for daily updates. I'm a little worried about my mother cat and her kittens!

This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday. For more views of the sky from around the world, click here.


Anonymous said...

Fascinating images! A great Skywatch Post and very informative!
Cheers, Klaus

Anonymous said...

When I looked at the first image it looked as if the clouds were a water color- great shots!

Raven said...

All beautiful, beautiful photos. I especially like the first and last. I hope the floods dissipate with no harm to anyone and that your cat and kittens are ok. Glad you are high and dry. We had a 500 year flood near me two years ago. I am lucky to live safely on very high ground, but so many people suffered terribly. Mother nature - especially with human assistance - can be a real stinker.

SandyCarlson said...

The depth and texture of the clouds in the first photo are really stunning. All of these are impressive. God bless.

Keera Ann Fox said...

Ooh, I love the photo with the moon and pink clouds and the "hat" on the mountain.

Petunia said...

Very great choices for SWF. Beautiful and dramatic and that is the everyday sky:)


Kelly said...

Very interesting and detailed clouds with such depth and creativity! Well done!

Anonymous said...

Great images of a stunning sky!


Louise said...

Really beautiful pictures. Those clouds around the mountain are simply wonderful!

Lilli & Nevada said...

I love that first photo, there all wonderful.

DrowseyMonkey-Photos said...

Lovely photos! I like how the clouds kind of hang over the mountains. That last one is really pretty.

Anonymous said...

Makes me want to do more traveling! Thanks for sharing your corner of the world.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful shots with varied and special skies, and interesting info !

Dewdrop said...

Gorgeous! wow. I am so jealous of your view.

Markus Latva-aho said...

It just super to visit all these special places, great photos and nice to read the story with them. Cats seem to bee doing ok, in august 18 post:)

Carletta said...

Wonderful series of shots!
I love that last one with the pink clouds and the moon - gorgeous!

Flotte Moehne said...

Sorry, I’m a little late because I was sailing this weekend.
So I stop by and say thank you for a nice SWF.