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Photo Challenge ~ Lines in the Sky April 16, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Art & Photography, Humor, Nature.

From the banks of the Chesapeake Bay, we enjoyed remarkable sunsets:

Night after night, lines in the sea and sky mesmerized:

Some nights more spell-binding than others:

As the sun utilized the whole of the sky as a canvas:

And the complete spectrum of colors as its palette:

At midday, when the lines in the sky dissipated . . . other lines enticed:

Be open to unexpected pleasures . . . as you enjoy the journey through life!

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1. Queen of Zoom - April 16, 2011

I love sky photos, these are great!

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, QoZ! Love your moniker . . . much better than being the Queen of Doom. 😉

2. DorkyDeb - April 16, 2011

Those are lovely! And relaxing to just look at. 🙂

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

We would sit on the deck with a glass of wine and watch the last rays of the sun light up the night sky. Relaxing, humbling, and awe inspiring.

3. therealsharon - April 16, 2011

Beautiful, breath taking photos!

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Glad they resonated with you, Sharon! Thanks.

4. Cindy - April 16, 2011

Fantastic photos Nancy!

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

I had a blast looking through the old sunset shots to pick a few varied views. Almost made me nostalgic for my last island. 😎

5. Classic - April 16, 2011

I had forgotten what a beautiful blog you have here! If it’s alright with you, I’d like to add you to my blogroll 😀

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Please do! Thanks, Classic.

6. barb19 - April 16, 2011

Wonderful photographs – the sky looks like it’s on fire in some!

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

The variety of colors and cloud formations never ceased to surprise us. You never knew quite what to expect . . . except the unexpected.

7. stacey archer - April 16, 2011

wow…so pretty and colorful!!

8. frizztext - April 16, 2011
nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, Fritz. That’s the photo I went looking for and then I came across all the shots of the lines in the sunset sky. Had fun figuring out how to put them together.

9. Tilly Bud - April 16, 2011

What a gorgeous place to live!

10. liannouwen - April 16, 2011

The pictures are beautiful! I think this weeks challenge is quite hard, don’t know what I’ll do with it yet…

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

I didn’t either, liannouwen. I found the hammock photo first, and then stumbled into the sunsets and decided to tie them together.

Have fun.

11. Alannah Murphy - April 16, 2011

Those are beautiful sunsets…what colours 🙂

12. eof737 - April 16, 2011

Love the shots and I could use that hammock any day! 🙂

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

We sold the house furnished . . . including the hammock. It belonged there. 🙂

13. grandawn - April 16, 2011

Beautiful pics! Great sky lines. I just want to lie down in the hammock.

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

We had two places to hang the hammock ~ one under the pergola (above) and the other inside a covered breezeway. We didn’t use it all the time, so it was always an unexpected pleasure to swing back and forth and enjoy the breeze.

14. Piglet in Portugal - April 16, 2011

What unusual pictures…think my favourite has to be the lines cast by shadows!

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Good eye, PiP. That’s the photo that I selected first for the challenge this week. Then, I saw the sunset folder and decided to share another of life’s simple pleasures.

Piglet in Portugal - April 16, 2011

Yes, I thought the sunsets were absolutely stunning…but the shadow lines were spot on!
🙂 I am struggling with this weeks challenge, but I always give myself a few days to ponder 🙂

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

I always enjoy your final pic picks, PiP.

15. Carol Ann Hoel - April 16, 2011

Thank you for sharing beautiful photos of sky, nature, beauty. I like the theme – lines. Blessings to you, Nancy…

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, Carol Ann. I’m anxious to see what others do with the theme this week.

16. walterwsmith3rd - April 16, 2011

These photographs bring back memories of getting up before sunrise at Kure’s beach in NC. Walking out onto the pier and watching the sun rise over the horizon. Lovely photographs Nancy.

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Some of the most beautiful sunrises I’ve absorbed were in NC ~ the Outer Banks, Duck, Wrightsville Beach. Just gorgeous.

17. carldagostino - April 16, 2011

“…the sun utilized the whole sky as a canvas.” I love that line. Just great.

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, Carl. We watched the sunsets and quickly realized we could never capture the spectacular imagery in a single painting or photograph.

We ended up with an entire photo album devoted to sunset shots . . . and we still didn’t catch it all on film.

18. flyinggma - April 16, 2011

Beautiful photos and love the quote “the sun utilized the whole sky as a canvas” as well.

carldagostino - April 16, 2011

I see a pilot understands. Naturally you would see it that way too.

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

The expanse of each sunset (just in our “little corner of the world”) often boggled my mind.

Life is so very BIG and we are so very small . . .

19. viewfromtheside - April 16, 2011

how beautiful! (and unexpected?)

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Collapsing into a hammock to watch the clouds roll by always felt like an unexpected pleasure to me.

And we never knew which colors would greet the eye on a given night. We learned to expect the unexpected.

20. barbara - April 16, 2011

Sunrise and sunsets are my favorite photos to shoot. These are beautiful!

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Sunrises are wonderful too ~ a fresh start to the day, a chance to “get it right.” But I tend to miss more sunrises than I greet . . . as I’m still asleep.

21. Kronic Life - April 16, 2011

I feel like I just went on a wonderful 20 second vacation. Just beautiful.

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Cool! That’s the way I felt last night when choosing which sunsets to include ~ a subtle reminder of all the simple and unexpected pleasures we can enjoy . . . IF we keep our hearts, minds, and eyes open.

22. granny1947 - April 16, 2011

Oh my word NR….magnificent shots…thank you for sharing.

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, Granny. I always feel the same when you share your lovely views of South Africa.

What a GRAND world we inhabit.

23. CMSmith - April 16, 2011

Beautiful photos

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, Christine. From sunrise to sunset, our days are filled with magical moments.

24. Paula Tohline Calhoun - April 16, 2011

Lovely photos – the lines of connection are everywhere, aren’t they? Sometimes the filament that connects us is visible, and sometimes not. You got some great photos of the lines that Spirit draws uniting us with creation.

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, PTC. I’m looking forward to more photos from your new “toy.”

25. Team Oyeniyi - April 16, 2011

I spent HOURS taking photos of sunsets one year – unfortunately none of them are digital. I’m not even sure I could find the negatives now.

I’ve always loved sunsets and we get some beautiful ones in this part of the world too. Yours are stunning!

nrhatch - April 16, 2011

Thanks, T.O.! We have plenty of non-digital photos too ~ I enjoy flipping through photo albums on occasion. If I want to share any, I scan them onto my computer.

Team Oyeniyi - April 17, 2011

You inspired me to do just that – so I got about 8 out and scanned them, then updated my “Australia in Pictures” page. It was a start – I’ll need to do more! Thanks for the inspiration!

nrhatch - April 17, 2011

I shall come around and check them out after my morning walk. 😀

26. M. Howalt - April 17, 2011

Wow, those are some spectacular colours! Thanks for sharing! Absolutely beautiful sunsets.

nrhatch - April 17, 2011

Nature’s paintings are true ORIGINALS. 😀

27. Penny - April 17, 2011

Beautiful photos. I love the sunset shots-so beautiful-I too like the hammock-good place to be to watch the sunset.

nrhatch - April 17, 2011

Thanks, Penny. Glad you enjoyed. We just got back from watching the waves at the beach.

Life’s a Beach!

Penny - April 17, 2011


Yes it is !!! 🙂

28. jeanne - April 17, 2011

I love the sky…and then the hammock…very relaxing!

nrhatch - April 17, 2011

Nothing like swinging in a hammock under sunny or starry skies.

29. Zoya - April 18, 2011
nrhatch - April 18, 2011

Zoya ~ The photos you chose for the theme are stunning! Especially the guitar strings. Awesome.

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31. PanicMonster - April 20, 2011

beautiful shots!!!! so peaceful. makes me miss home 😦

nrhatch - April 20, 2011

Thanks! Sorry it made you homesick. 😦

32. Tilly Bud - April 20, 2011

Thank you for adding a link to my post to your post that arrived four days ago. You really are a thoughtful blogging friend 🙂

nrhatch - April 20, 2011

I don’t always remember to add other posts to these themes, but I try. I loved that Spud learned his “lines.” 😀

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