Friday, January 01, 2010

Sky Watch Friday - 01/01/10

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Happy New Year everyone! I managed to fall asleep early in the evening after returning from one party. The sound of firecrackers in the neighborhood and the lower booms of fireworks in downtown Vientiane woke me just for a moment at midnight but didn’t keep me awake.

So this morning I felt very energetic and took a six mile walk in the afternoon. The day ended a large cloud over Thailand, with the sun peeking out of the upper layers.

sunrays 1 jan 10

It’s unusual to have much rain during this time of the year. There are some showers during January and February, called the “Mango Rains,” necessary for the fruit to get juicy and sweet.

In general, the skies are clear in the afternoons. I like the view in the mountains, where the high grasses dry out and refract the sunlight. This view is along Rt. 13 going north toward Louang Prabang, before the turnoff on Rt. 7 to Xieng Khouang.

dramatic grasses

And a couple of views of the sky through my backyard. I tried a bit of High def on this plum blossom:

flowers

Unfortunately, the wind was blowing which is why it looks like it should be viewed through 3D glasses.

And my papaya tree. I wonder how many will be ripe by the time I return to Xieng Khouang. I brought a few green ones back with me to Vientiane - once they ripened, they were delicious.

papaya tree

This is my contribution to Skywatch Friday, whose members post pictures of the skies around the world.

9 comments:

Merisi said...

Thank you for these lovely images and story from a faraway land! Those crepuscular rays in the first image are true magic, the papayas very tempting. So hard to get good papaya here, unfortunately.

Happy New Year!

Regina said...

Beautiful captures!
Happy new Year!

Misalyn said...

Great shots. I personally like the first one. So serene.I love the sun spread some of its rays on the horizon.

Oh and the papaya, I really miss eating such fruit. We have lots of papaya in the Philippines. Unfortunately, there are few here in UAE.

Happy New Year!

Linnea W said...

Lovely exotic views. I really like the perspective you shot the last one from...watch out! Wouldn't want one of those to fall on your head! Happy new year from California!

Lew said...

Beautiful shots! I like the sun reflecting off the water and the mountian and clouds.

Helena said...

These are wonderful photos! I really like the first one.

Kala said...

I found your blog at NaBloPoMo under "photography". Some lovely images, I wish I lived somewhere so warm in January!

Glennis said...

I do wish I had a pawpaw or papaya tree in my back yard. Lovely fruit, we eat lots of them when we are away on holiday overseas.
Hope the year is a good one for you.

Steffi said...

These are wonderful photos!They make my heart warmer because here we have icy temperatures at the moment!