Thursday, September 22, 2011

SWF>>>storm clouds over the reservoir

I am linking up with Skywatch Friday . This week I am showing some shots of storm clouds around the reservoir and the bridge. I am first noticed the clouds from my deck.


Hubby was out walking the dogs and noticed the clouds too. He thought they looked cool near the lake.  So we both went down to the bridge to watch the sky.


I have done lots of birding at this bridge. This summer we were treated to Cliff Swallows hanging around the bridge. The swallows seem to like being near the bridge and the lake. Pigeons are usually perched on the bridge itself. My son was lucky to see a Barred owl sitting on the bridge. I have also seen lots of Canada Geese and various ducks, like the Red Breasted Merganser from this bridge. The bridge is just another favorite and close spot for some birding.


The sunlight hitting the top of these dramatic clouds looked awesome.



Back in my yard a funky looking male Cardinal







I hope you enjoyed my skies and to see more beautiful skies
 from around the world please visit Skywatch Friday , Thanks to the hosting group of Sylvia, Wren and Sandy.

Also, thank you for visiting my post and blog. I hope everyone has a safe and happy weekend.

41 comments:

Sue said...

Mr Cardinal needs a groomer....my, he's a bit "ratty"!
Awesome cloud photos-love the header. Fall always has such great clouds--all dark and full of potential (like snow-ha!-had to say it!)

Jo said...

Oh wow, Eileen, what awesome skies. I felt as though I stood on that bridge with you. Thanks for sharing. Jo

jabblog said...

We've had some dramatic skies, too, but haven't managed to capture them. Great photos, Eileen:-)

TexWisGirl said...

i love it when you get those huge, sunlit topped moutainous clouds! nice job!

Bob Bushell said...

That's some clouds you have over there, love that bird.

Ebie said...

The lights are so golden! And how the thick clouds almost going to explode! Great capture, very close to nature!

ladyfi said...

Oh wow - those sunlit clouds are so magically dramatic!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Isn't it great to live near a Lake? Wonderful sky. I miss cardinals as here on the West Coast there aren't any. (I didn't know I missed them when we used to live here -- now that we've traveled I do!)

Calling Ravens said...

Outstanding clouds and photos Eileen!
Lucky boy/man--a Barred Owl!!
Have a great weekend!

Gary said...

Great skies but the third one is incredible!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Kay L. Davies said...

Yes, I agree with Gary, the third shot is definitely incredible. And the cardinal is so funny. What a bad hair day he's having (I am, too).
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Sylvia K said...

Wow! What gorgeous, dramatic skies, Eileen! And such terrific captures and composition! I love them! Happy SWF! Hope you have a wonderful weekend with more incredible skies!

Sylvia

Life Ramblings said...

the skies are absolutely stunning. lovely reflections and the bird is gorgeous.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful colorful cloud formations in the sky. That bird is a beauty.

Terrebel said...

My personal favourite is the one with the reflection...absolutely gorgeous!

And birds like that we in Amsterdam only get to see in the Zoo...:-(

Have a good weekend!

Terrence looks at the sky

LauraX said...

stunning photos Eileen!

Johnny Nutcase said...

those are some intense clouds- glad you got some photos of 'em!

Karen said...

Beauties and awesome indeed! Thanks for sharing.

SandyCarlson said...

These are gorgeous. Really beautiful.

J Bar said...

Beautiful shots.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Lina Gustina said...

Stunning skies, Eileen...

http://www.womenandperspectives.com/2011/09/sky-watch-at-cemetery.html

Carletta said...

Gorgeous skies Eileen!
I love the second one. I feel like I'm right there looking at those beautifully lit clouds.
Is Mr. Cardinal molting? He does look funny. :)

rainfield61 said...

There is gold on the clouds.

It is yours.

Indrani said...

Great captures of the colorful fluffy clouds.

Lew said...

I love the shots where the sun is low in the west and the clouds become golden!

thomas said...

A storm is brewing,nice shots.

My SWF

SquirrelQueen said...

You captured some amazing cloud formations Eileen. I especially like the last one with the reflection on the water.

Mr. Cardinal looks like he might be molting, maybe it's time for a trip to the salon for a styling.

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful fiery clouds. The funky male cardinal looks like tired and wet ^_^

Peach Sky

Gattina said...

The sunlight hitting the clouds is a gorgeous picture ! What a capture !

Tatjana Parkacheva said...

Nice photos.

Regards and best wishes

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely photos. I always think bridges are particularly good places to watch birds,

Sivinden said...

Love those cumulus clouds!

BrandNewStudio said...

It’s always a pleasure
to see such a Wonderful Pictures
good creations

forgetmenot said...

Eileen, Wow, great photos of those clouds. I love when the light reflects off the top of them--quite sensational. Sounds like that bridge is a "hot spot" for bird watching. My sympathy to the cardinal-he looks like he has had a very rough day. Have a nice weekend. Mickie :)

Mama Zen said...

Spectacular shots!

NatureFootstep said...

You did right to go and watch those skies. They are good looking. Thanks for sharing.

chubskulit said...

Gorgeous shots.

My Skywatch, have a safe weekend!

Linnea said...

I REALLY enjoyed these! They're a nice contrast to the plain blue skies we've been having around here lately!

Misty Dawn said...

Very beautiful photographs! I especially like the first and third photos! Gorgeous!

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

You certainly live in an amazing place for bird photography and the storm clouds over the lake this week, they were impressive.

Say Cheese said...

Wonderful sky shots, lovely. And I also loved your blog header photo.