Thursday, December 31, 2009

Beam Me Up

I don't know about you, but I find the skies fascinating. They're always different, yet always the same, and full of color. And no, I'm not smokin' anything. Being up above the river valley gives us a wide view, an impression of a big sky not contained by anything.

A little hole in the clouds allows a beam of sunlight to pass.

This is a view looking toward the southwest, near to where the sun sets on the horizon right now. It's out close to the end of our dirt road, where Callie and I turn around to head back home. Ken tells me it's about 1.5 kilometers (just under a mile) from the house. He measured it once in the car.

From this point, the vineyards continue on for a couple of kilometers then give way to fields of colza (rapeseed), corn, sunflowers, and other crops in between the small towns and forests. It's a beautiful and gentle country out there beyond our little river valley.


  1. Hello Walt,

    How wonderful the sky looks and the temperature sounds grand!

    Here, in Canada’s wine-country in the Okanagan Valley in British Columbia, it is not quite 14°C, but rather, now at 12:04am it is a brisk -1°C … guess that is why, just around the corner from my place is Hainle Vineyards Estate Winerys, which is the first winery in North America to produce Ice Wine.

    I just wanted to again wish you a Happy New Year. Earlier I left a comment in one of your Mont Saint Michel posts, and then afterwards, I just had to go back and again vicariously wander about that magical place.
    Please know that reading those posts has made my festive season this year … it truly has.

    Until next time I wish you and Ken and of course Callie all the very best.

    Sincerely …

  2. I agree. We get some fabulous sky action here too, but since it's hilly, it's not the same as the big sky effect in the Loire area.

  3. Wish I was there right now! Best wishes for the New Year. Martine

  4. happy new year to y'all....thx for sharing your thoughts & photos

  5. MMmmm... I love sky porn. Happy New Year!

  6. Happy New Year to you and Ken and to everyone else who reads and comments here :)


  7. Happy new year to you and Ken.

  8. It's almost a new year there, so maybe I'm safe to wish you and Ken the very best New Year ever.

  9. You should have seen the sky last night at sunset -- I was in yoga class which has all glass windows around it. Awesome!

  10. I love your blog, your point of view, your photos, & I wish you, your man, & your canine the very best in the new decade.
    Hugs from the PNW!

  11. linda, thanks so much for stopping by! I'm glad you enjoyed the Mont-St.-Michel photos!

    betty, one of these days we'll get down there to see it!

    martine, thanks. Bonne année to you and C. as well.

    melinda, thanks - you too!

    mark, stay tuned! Happy New Year to you and Shane.

    judy, thanks! And to you too!

    carloyn, thanks! All the best!

    evelyn, you're always safe here!

    alewis, did you take pictures? :)

    stephen, thanks! I also enjoy the time I spend in Post Apocalyptic Bohemia. HNY to you all!


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