A fierce battle is brewing in the sky today. A line has been drawn. On one side Old Man Winter is holding his ground preparing for the fight. On the other is the dark force of Global Warming. This week the battle will rage and the dark force will gain a bit more ground as temperatures in Ohio will reach the 70’s in January. As we putter around this Friday in shorts and tee-shirts instead of parkas and long-johns we might be thinking to ourselves, “Ain’t this weather great!” But what we should be thinking is, “Something ain’t right, y’all.”
Well said. Not to mention the days at a time in the 100s that we suffered through this past summer.
Yeah it’s been odd.
GW is a natural function of this planet. Bring it on, sounds good!
John, I like warm weather but only when it’s appropriate. Besides it messes with my photographing the seasons when it’s 70 in Jan. 🙂
I really like the 2nd and 7th photos, as well as the lone tree. The second photo has such soft textures (and I really love when dried plants preserve some of their hairs and puffs through the winter). The shimmer of sun in the corner is lovely as well! Solitary trees have a certain appealing aura to them… I started to paint one after spotting a particularly unique character persisting in growing, even against the ground. Alone in an otherwise plain field (pun not intended), they are irresistible to look at, and force you to think about their details and their personalities. I’m not sure about this particular tree, but I like the idea. 🙂 Hope you’re well!
Thanks so much. Sounds great! You should. This tree is in my front yard. 🙂
Thanks so much.
Gloomy rainy day here. Cheerful photos made it better!
Thanks so much! Glad I can help.
Such gorgeous photos! I love the 9th one – the lone tree. And you are absolutely correct – we should be saying ‘something ain’t right here’… Here in Oz, we are fighting a different battle, but caused in part by the same forces of Global Warming as your strange winter. We have extreme heat and bushfire.
Yes, I’ve heard about all the heat down there. 🙂 Thanks for your comment!
Beautiful work! Thanks for showing us your area in January…hard to believe those open fields.
Glad you like.
Last winter we had a very mild winter in my neck of the woods. The year before that we saw more snow than I would care to see in ten lifetimes. It’s gotten bitterly cold again, finally. The warm weather lasted longer than it usually does this year. The weather has gone utterly mad.
Yeah. It’s crazy like that here too.
You are so lucky to be surrounded with such beauty all the time! I love the blue skies!
Yeah. The sky was amazing today.
Something ain’t right is not far off the mark. Down here in the Southern hemisphere we are in the middle of summer (yay!), but the temperatures are going off the scales. One upside – great photo opportunities. Once again well shot Seth!
Thanks! Try to stay cool down there.
Some interesting skies up there! Quite nice!
Yes it was interesting. Probably the front coming in or something like that. It was from left to right a clear line all the way across the sky. I just wish I could have captured the entire sky.
It’s sad to limited by a camera. I know the Mom Person always wants more than what she gets.
Great photos, Seth. And the text is stunning ~ well said.
Second to last – oh my, what a commentary.
Thanks. That is my favorite tree. 🙂
That’s ominous! Shouldn’t snow, rain and cold be on the menu? Hope it comes soon!
Yes, we’ve had a bit of snow. But 70’s, in Jan? Even in Tennessee where I grew up (spitin’ distance to Alabama) 70’s in Jan is really oddly warm.
It’s pretty scary. Here in Australia has been experiencing pretty crazy weather from one extreme to another. I think I will move back to New Zealand where I’m from, at least over there it’s a bit more stable hehe
Australia, New Zealand.. Both sound wonderful. I would love to visit down there.
Yes! You should 😀
This winter has by far been the hottest in AZ since I can remember. It didn’t even go into the 80’s until late October, and was barely into the 40’s-50’s by Christmas. I definitely sense the change and love your pictures. Good read 🙂
Love the pictures. I agree though, something really just aint right.
Thanks! 🙂 Hopefully, it will swing back to normal soon but it does seem quite ominous.
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These are just lovely, especially the tall grass shots.
Cool pics again Seth 🙂
Thanks! It was an interesting sky.
the jet streams and Hadley cells seem to be cattywampus, yes. :-\ still unusually cold over here in northern California. but hey, next week, we could trade, who knows. keep the winter clothes handy.
😄Somehow I think a trade will happen.
Not gonna get into the Global Climate Change debate other than this; we love the beautiful weather photo ops, sure. But the natural environment (flora and fauna) will take a few hundred hears to adjust to new seasonal patterns (blink of an eye for them in the big picture). We will be given more photo opportunities for weather-related disasters (hurricanes, 100yr floods, duststorms, etc.) and a few hundred years to adapt may as well be eternity for our political/economic way of life.
Nicely said thanks.
You live in a beautiful part of the world. Thanks for sharing it with us again.
You are welcome. 😊Thanks
Some amazing photos here!
I like all these photos because they are just different. I don’t think I have ever seen a sky exactly like that before. Well done!
Me either. Thanks.
your pictures so beautiful.
Seth: You got that right. Something is really off balance this winter…this year has been a mess.
Thanks. Hopefully well go back to normal soon but somehow I think we’ve crossed a line.
That cloud sky angle is a natural wonder. You captured it so well. Lovely images!
isn’t that a unique sky…I’ve seen that phenomenon a few times while driving, but never that colourful or striking…usually what I’ve seen was ominous looking…of course the photos with the tree silhouettes and the lone tree would top my list…:~)
I hear you about the weather…we’ve had weird weather patterns here as well…makes me wonder????
Heather. Thanks. How warm is it getting up there this week?
Seth…today it is 34F, going as high as 45F on Saturday…then for the next week cooler…fluctuating a bit ranging from 10F to 20F, more seasonal…but who knows that may change!
never seen anything like that before. fascinating. nature is constantly surprising. thanks for providing my ‘learn something new’ for the day!
Alexander– anytime. Thanks for checking them out.
That really is a line in the sky. Almost looks like the clouds are mountains. Crazy. Yeah the weather has been crazy in NY too. Spent a week with freezing temperatures, a little bit of snow. Then it warmed up. Yesterday I walked my dog in just a light sweater.
Should warm up there too by Sat.
aah……nature, and caught by your eye so well…..but yes, signs of the changing planet…..yet, peace is always there……great Seth….
Thanks. Yeah for peace.
line in th sky…love that.
Last week we were freezing, but this week it’s supposed to be in 60’s & 70’s but with rain. I hate rainy days… LOL. Your pictures are lovely. Is this Alabama or Ohio?
Ohio. I’m not in Bama again for awhile.
I believe you. It has been mild here; I even have a few flowers on a bush in the garden and had my daisies left from last summer that had flowers before Xmas.
No snow for us so far…
The subject is very serious and the contrasts in color bring this out, naturally.
In Colroado, we call your kind of weather “the warm before the storm”.
David, good name.
Amazing photos, tremendous contrast in cloud and clear sky
Thanks so much. 👍👍
Same funky weather going on here in Jersey. It gets worse every year.
The trees I am not so much into, but pictures of any sky are awesome to me. Nice blog! Thanks for the visit!
Glad you like the sky shots. Thanks.
Weirdly after seeing this yesterday there was a similar cloud pattern here this morning. I share your concern about global warming – the Aussie meteorologists had to create a new temperature band this week – it’s quite worrying the extreme heat we’re getting here & the fire season has already been really severe.
I read that! Amazing. Hope the fire season won’t be too bad but I hear on the news there are quite a few burning. Stay cool. 🙂
Thank you so much for liking my blog post, “Smokestacks and Lavender.” Means the world to me! I look forward to browsing your blog…cheers!
Jordan-Thanks so much for your nice words. I am glad you like those. 🙂
Stunning pics again, Seth! 🙂
Thx so much. 🙂 Glad you like them.
Wow.. That’s a really straight line, and beautiful sky. But if you put it like that.. =___=’a (lovely pictures as always 😉 )
Thanks. 🙂 Glad to see you again. You must be busy.
No, just immensely lazy with a never ending procrastination spree.. *sobs in a corner* I’m sorry for appearing and disappearing on a regular basis. TT_TT (glad to see(?) you too 🙂 )
Thanks. and not procrastinating. 🙂
Your images are absolutely brilliant. What a lovely visual blog you have!