Thursday, May 8, 2008

Sky Watch Friday VI

Beautiful Skies &
Early Morning Birding


We got up fairly early last Saturday morning for some birding at the Ft. Worth Nature Refuge1.

We stopped at our local breakfast joint for a biscuit & bacon with orange juice. While I was procuring the order to be eaten on the road, Martha shot the following with her new little S51 Nikon P&S.

Sky looking South
(Click to get the full effect)
Wide angle shot

There must be at least 6 types of clouds at 3 different levels in this photo. A northwesterly cool front was colliding with moisture from the Gulf of Mexico (south) and a dry line. The weather and associated clouds couldn’t make up their mind what to be or where to go. It was an interesting day.

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We did see a lot of migrating warblers that morning and several butterflies and dragonflies.

(1)___The Fort Worth Nature Center and Refuge (FWNC&R) is located just inside the city limits of Fort Worth, TX. The FWNC&R is a hidden jewel, a wilderness comprised of forests, prairies, and wetlands reminiscent of how much of the Fort Worth/Dallas Metroplex once looked. Replete with native flora and fauna, the area beckons to those searching for a piece of nature to refresh their spirits and reintroduce a measure of tranquility to their increasingly urban lifestyles.
Over 3600 acres, the FWNC&R is one of the largest city-owned nature centers in the United States and offers residents and visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves in the natural history of north central Texas. Over 20 miles of hiking trails provide easy access to a myriad of natural wonders to be found on the Refuge. Staff naturalists at the Hardwicke Interpretive Center are available to facilitate your exploration.

Troy and Martha

Be sure to scroll down and see the new series on butterflies.

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75 comments:

quintarantino said...

Getting up early always pays best!
Great shot.

***Fotografia e Luz*** said...

very beautiful picture with a beautiful sky

Tommy V said...

Nice shot love the sky

John said...

Great sky shot and wonderful cloud formation. Very good catch.

Voz do meu Coração said...

excellent photo with a few clouds magnificent

Petunia said...

Looks like the clouds are in a hurry...maybe late for work?

Petunia

Rose said...

I really like this and highly recommend clicking to enlarge the photo!

TSannie said...

This will be my second Sky Watch Friday - hope I can find a sky shot as good as yours - love the cloud "shimmies". I've been enjoying your blog!

Stine ☆ said...

Beautiful sky and clouds!

dot said...

Beautiful sky picture!

Old Wom Tigley said...

Now thats a great sky watch picture for sure... all the differents clouds coming together like that.. well captured. Thanks for joining in again this week. I check the butterflies out as well... awesome:O)

Tom

SandyCarlson said...

This is beautiful. Like a great bird sweeping the day into the sunset.

mirage2g said...

Those are like feathers! What do you call this kind? Cirrus? Great post and thanks for showing us....happy weekend!

Carletta said...

That is stunning!
I've scrolled down and also enjoyed the "P" photos from different states - marvelous!

Craver Vii said...

Wide angle was a great choice for that shot. Those clouds look fantastic!

guild-rez said...

Great picture and great information
about the Ft. Worth Nature Refuge 1Perhaps you can post some picture from this area?

-Cheers.

Mrs. Darcy said...

Magnificent!
Great picture!

Angie said...

A really superb shot.It certainly pays to be up early!

fishing guy said...

Troy: Wondrously beautiful sky.

Anemone said...

Oh my ... so strange and different clouds... never seen anything like it before...

Nice weekend you comes from Norway.

luiz.ramosforest said...

Cold front is a good way for beautiful shots.

Dina said...

THAT is an exciting sky!

Daniel J Santos said...

that's a great sky, great picture.

Quiet Paths said...

Good for you both getting out early to see what wonders are waiting to be found. I really like the different clouds her photo captures! I can see the weather you describe.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

Beautiful sky and there is sure a lot of systems passing through your area, no doubt!

Stacey Huston said...

Love the sky watch post today! beautiful as always..

Champ Townboy said...

Looks nice!

Marie said...

Great sky!

Anne-Berit said...

Very beautiful and special clouds on your photo!

Me & my puppies said...

Oh, what great cloud formation. I'm going birding at our local refuge this weekend.

imac said...

Fantastic capture for SW.

love these clouds a selection of wonders.

My Sky watch from Belvoir Castle Grounds are now up.

T.R. said...

Beautiful! It looks like angels colliding in the sky. What a moment to catch the sky and to see birds - nothing better.

Neal said...

That's beautiful...especially when you enlarge it!!

Ida said...

Great cloud formations. :)
Nice shot!

Ida

nina said...

Is that referred to as "washboard?"
Great photos!
Nina at Nature Remains

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wonderful sky-shot. Love it:)

Snap Catch said...

great shot! One thing awe me most, the starry sky above me... mine's up too hope you can drop by.

david mcmahon said...

Beautiful work. Great shot with the new camera.

Max-e said...

Those clouds are amazing

Sherry said...

Wow, that's an amazing sky watch photo! Great capture of all those different types of clouds. It's beautiful.

For The People said...

It has WAVES! Waves in the sky! Really cool.

photowannabe said...

Spectacular sky. I love the description of the clouds not knowing what to do. Good stuff.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

The sky does look like something is about to happen!

Sonia A. Mascaro said...

Nice photo!

Sandy's Notes said...

Boy, it does look like there's a lot going on in that sky. It almost looks like the ocean. Thanks for the little bit of information on it too, makes it that much better.

ellen b said...

Beautiful. That is some sky for sure. My shots this week are Texas skies too...

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! I don't think I have ever seen clouds like that. How beautiful. Great picture. Lisa

The Texican said...

I'm down to the left just below that smallest bush.

Picturing of Life said...

wow...that is lovely shot

Will you visit mine Thanks

juliana rw said...

gorgeous sky.

Mine in here Thanks

pts said...

amazing shot!

Lilli & Nevada said...

WOW that is beautiful

babooshka said...

Esrly bird gets the best shot. Love the swilring clouds.

Blue said...

Terrific morning sky!

evlahos said...

if you get up early, you get the better shot. and you did it very well

Kathiesbirds said...

Martha, great shot. What the sky can do with clouds! Mmn, mmn, mmn! Troy, that nature center sounds like I may have to take a trip to Texas someday!

Pretty Life Online said...

Fantastic entry for SWF! Happy weekend! Hope to see you in my corner too..

Rambling Round said...

Beautiful sky...almost looks like it has tracks across it!

Dave Coulter said...

Terrific sky. Hope your birding went well!

Dogwood Daze said...

Great collection of clouds painting the sky.

shubd said...

Like feathered brushstrokes in clouds !!
Lovely pic!

DigitalShutterMania said...

Very nice sky watch : )

Andrea said...

Great shot. I see sets of ribs.

raf said...

Spectacular wide angle shot, Martha! Thank you.

eyestothesky said...

Awesome shot!!!

MammyT said...

That unsettled weather makes the most interesting patterns. Great!
Nancy

BeachysCapeCodCupboard said...

Fabulous sky! The cloud formations are truly stunning!

Lana G! said...

I love it!

Jane Marie said...

Those clouds are really something. You're right, it was much better with the close up.
Thanks for adding me to your blog roll. I appreciate it. I going to add you to my google reader. My blog roll is getting too long. Have to cut back.

LUIZ SANTILLI JR. said...

Fantastic clouds!

Beautiful shots!

Have a nice weekend,

uiz

JeFf & NoVa said...

that's a fair sky out there... nice shot ...

check out mine here.. i'm new to this..
http://www.supernovachron.com/2008/05/friday-sky-watch-sunset.html

happy friday

Louis la Vache said...

Now this reminds "Louis" of the skies he grew up with in the Texas Panhandle!

Dewdrop said...

Terrific cirrus cloud capture! Great stuff. Love the sharp blue with the contrasting white.

chanpheng said...

Cool shot!

JM said...

fantastic shot!