Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Red Sky in Morning

Upon seeing the sky this morning, sailors who believe in old sayings would have taken warning. After seeing several remarkable sunsets lately, this morning the sky off to the east was red against grey. The clouds to either side were the color of butterscotch.
You could see some color in the leaves but without sunlight, they seemed muted and uninteresting this morning. This evening the clouds hid the sun completely and the drizzling rain ticked on my windshield and I drove home.
It is rare seeing really good red skies in morning. I did see a few in Panama. Fort Sherman was on the Atlantic coast. I'm an early riser so I spent many mornings facing east on the breaker wall for the Bay of Colon. The sound of the ocean crashing on rocks the size of small houses drowned out all other sound....and on cloudless days when the sun came peeping over the blue horizon it was incredible. But on days when there were clouds near the eastern horizon the show was a mystical experience. Blue grey clouds and a slate grey ocean with cloud colors ranging from rust to brilliant orange and crimson with traces of cinnamon and grape thrown in for good measure.
The older I get the more I realize that it's often the simple things in life that leave their mark on your soul.

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