Contrails (or lack thereof)

It can be interesting keeping an eye on the sky above our little country road.

Situated in the path of several large airports, we are used to seeing vapor trails of airplanes as they travel from one destination to another, sometimes adding to the beauty of the sunset.  Most generally these trails are in straight lines.

But one day, as I stood looking up, I saw some circular contrails, possibly made by more than one plane.  Similar photos found on the internet indicate that they may have been made by military jets.

This airplane drew my attention because of its contrail, or lack thereof.  It was putting out a short vapor trail and then, for a while, there would be no vapor trail at all.  It was a Qatar plane, and the appearing and disappearing contrail may have been due to atmospheric conditions on that day.

Occasionally, the unexpected will happen.  Last week we were out walking and I noticed the moon shining brightly in the pale blue sky.  I stopped to take a photo.  As I was attempting to focus the shot, I noticed something moving across the image.  Thinking it might be a bird, I quickly took a photo.  It turned out to be an airplane.  We were unable to spot a contrail or even to see the plane with the naked eye.  What a view those passengers must have had!

“For one minute, walk outside, stand there, in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is.” ~Unknown


My favorite time to walk on our country road is shortly before the sun goes down.  Each sunset has its own color and design as the light of day fades away.

“God is always seeking you.  Every sunset.  Every clear blue sky.  Each ocean wave.  The starry hosts of night.  He blankets each new day with the invitation, ‘I am here.’”  ~Louie Giglio

Along the walking trail

One afternoon this week we enjoyed a pleasant stroll along a greenway near our home.  Part of this trail goes through land upon which a railroad right-of-way once ran, including an old railroad bridge.  Here are a few shots of the rural scenery that were taken along the way.

“Somewhere between the start of the trail and the end is the mystery why we choose to walk.”  ~Unknown

Supermoon going down

These pictures were taken on the morning of January 2, 2018 as the sun was rising and the full moon was setting in the western sky.

“When one starts thinking of the full moon as a common sight that will come again to one’s eyes ad-infinitum, the value of life is diminished and life goes by uncherished.”  ~Roman Payne


We’ve had so many cloudy days lately, that it is good to see the sun — even if it is just peeking out from behind the clouds.

“Truth is like the sun.  You can shut it out for a time, but it ain’t goin’ away.”  ~Elvis Presley