Pink Rain

This time of year, I am generally in the middle of dinner preparation about the time the brilliant sunsets take place. Lately, cloud cover or moisture in the air has produced some spectacular skyscapes. Being surrounded by woodlands to the north and west, and residential areas to the south and east, it is difficult to capture spectacular sunset photographs and other sky scenes. Still, with just a few moments to capture the changing sky before darkness closes in, I always dash outside with the camera, abandoning my kitchen duties, when opportunity arises to photograph the often-colorful, waning light of day.

Oklahoma has been fortunate to have some lovely warm weather off and on this past month – just enough to give us a sense of hope that spring might soon be around the corner. I have taken advantage of these days of 50° and 60° weather, working in the woodlands to clean up downed timber from past years of ice and wind damage. Late Tuesday afternoon, as I put up my electric buggy and tools after a day of toting and burning brush, I noticed towering cumulonimbus clouds off to the northeast, with dark blue skies to the north. I knew this meant the possibility of rain for some folks to the east of us and, for our area, I hoped it meant another spectacular pink sunset!

My first view to the west from the back porch.
My first view to the west from the back porch.

About an hour later, as the sun was beginning to set and I was in the middle of dinner preparations, I glanced out the kitchen window and noticed a site to the east that I have never seen before. Deep blue clouds cast a dark and stormy hue to the sky in that direction but, in the middle of it all, were bright, pink streaks of rain, visibly falling in a vertical descent to the earth. “Look at this!” I exclaimed to FD, who joined me at the window, verifying that what I was seeing was, indeed, pink rain. Of course, you all know me, I ran to the next room, pulled on a jacket, grabbed the camera and dashed out the door. And greeting me as I stepped out the back door, was an equally stunning view of sky from the west. Vivid pinks, blues, and lavender, set against the stark black silhouettes of trees, illuminated the evening sky. I quickly snapped a few photographs of this beautiful western sky, and then dashed to the north side of the house to capture the pink rain falling back to the east.

Pink rain falling to the east, illuminated by the setting sun! Notice another "widow maker" dead tree off to the left side. This scary-looking tree looms over FD's mom's garden area... another removal project we must attend to!
Pink rain falling to the east, illuminated by the setting sun! Notice another “widow maker” dead tree off to the left side. This scary-looking tree looms over FD’s mom’s garden area… another removal project we must attend to!

I cannot say I have ever witnessed as many pink skies in my life as I have this winter. But then maybe I just never noticed them or paid attention as I have this year. Perhaps I should be thanking our orphaned juvenile squirrels, Punkin and Mr. Gambini for causing me to catch sight of these beautiful winter skies. For it is often that they show up on the back porch at sunset for a pecan or two, before rushing off to their new-found homes in the woodlands. Or maybe it is having a nice, big window at the kitchen sink where I can so easily gaze out to the north while I prepare our evening meal. Whatever it is that draws my attention to the evening sky, I am thankful that it has helped me be more cognizant and appreciative of the little piece of heaven that is right here, right now. And I know I will not soon forget these lovely winter shades of pink, nor the first pink rain I have ever witnessed in my life!

Softer muted colors appear as the night sky closes in.
Softer muted colors appear as the night sky closes in.

© 2015 Day by Day the Farm Girl Way…


55 thoughts on “Pink Rain

  1. The photos of the winter sky are gorgeous captures. It is heaven on earth and you are so nice to recognize the wonders and wonderful things that surround you. You really do have the best of two worlds. I loved reading this post.

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  2. These skies are such a gift. I’m often sad that my husband misses out as he’s still at his office at sunset at the moment. The pink rain is wonderful. I’d be inclined to zoom in to the photo to make an abstract :). Thank you for your heart warming comments about my abstract xxx

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    1. I love your photography, especially the reflections. I really get a well-rounded look at Paris, through your artistic eyes. You capture “every day” people and common sights – a candid view of Paris life. Your abstract work causes me to reflect on lines, curves, pattern, and color. What you present in your blog is fascinating to me. I’m so proud of your latest achievement! 🙂

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        1. I do believe in past lives, and I have never been able to put a finger on why I’m drawn to French everything! Especially the cuisine. FD generally takes me to a lovely French restaurant about an hour from here for important events because he knows it’s my favorite. Hmm, might have to do some regression therapy and see if we knew each other before. Wouldn’t that be great? 🙂

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  3. I would drop dinner preparations, too, to race outdoors to photograph skies like this. Beautiful. My husband knows how much I love gorgeous sunrises and sunsets. Sometimes he will call me from work to tell me to look outside at the beautiful sunrise.

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    1. Oh, Audrey, isn’t it wonderful when a beautiful scenario can be shared with another? One who understands us and shares what we love or enjoy? It can be anyone really. FD and I are constantly at the watch for wildlife here as it is easily seen from the back door or one of our windows. I can’t tell you the number of late dinners or breakfasts due to getting sidetracked by something interesting or beautiful out there!

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  4. The best thing about photography is the way that you can preserve memories. Lovely sunset, gorgeous pink rain and I especially love the last image that looks like candy floss 🙂

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      1. We are in the middle of our summer but very few lovely skies for us. I guess it means no bushfires so I should be happy about that! I can enjoy your gorgeous sunsets by proxy 😉

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        1. Was it last year or the year before that you had such catastrophic bushfires? We call them wildfires here, but they haven’t been too bad this winter. Normally it is late summer when everything is parched and the drought is in full swing where wildfires are a real hazard. Yes, please do enjoy my sunsets by proxy.. I’ll be only too happy to keep posting about them! 😀

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          1. Fingers crossed our late starting summer (only the beginning of this month) has minimised the bush fire threat. Fingers crossed that autumn isn’t late in coming and the rest of our ‘summer’ isn’t hot and dry!

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    1. Hi Anne! I believe you are correct, it does look like a fire in the background! I think that must be the farmer’s version of that saying. I was familiar with the mariner’s version “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight, Red sky in the morning, sailor’s warning.” Either way, I guess this brilliant pink sunset was leaning to the “delight” aspect of that saying! 🙂

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  5. Littlesundog! Fellow Bugeater! How are you. I’ve been trying to get the underpinnings of my blog in shape and your little face popped up on a comment. I had to click on it and see how you’re doing. Very well, from the looks of it, my friend. So glad you are well as is FD.

    As you may or may not be aware, I’ve been away from my blog for minute. Okay, maybe a bit over a year. I MUST post soon. It’s been an interesting couple of years back in Nebraska. Rewarding and interesting in the same way.

    Well, I’m taking up valuable lsd comment space, so I’d better run. So great to see your post after being away for so long. Have a great day!

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    1. Hey MJ!! Great to hear from you! Yes, Jule’s and I have talked about contacting you on my next trip to Nebraska. With the weather like it’s been this winter I don’t see a trip up there any time soon though! I’m spoiled down here in the south! I’m glad you are doing well. We will catch up one of these days, my friend! I have got to get myself a Bugeater shirt. I see they have them now… Juli’s husband has one and they’re GREAT! 🙂

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  6. This is so strange and beautiful – so much pink. (A Pretty Pretty Princess’ wish for a sky tribute?) The first one is very dramatic – but the stripes of that last one! Summer shy fashion preview?
    Dead trees are scary with all the wind we’re having – be careful!
    (oh, still grey and gloomy here with milder temps – with more rain – coming. Dog out running in field with friends anyway…dogs can be good just so long and the cat is mad and attacking poor Molly as she is sure the lack of sun pools to nap in is the dog’s fault.)

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    1. Ha ha! Isn’t that just like a cat? Hopefully the sun will be back soon, and RC will be basking once again in those lovely sun pools! Yes, I am really enjoying the pink skies this winter. I can’t say I’ve seen so many in my life. We had a beautiful pink sunrise this morning just prior to the snow fall. I think we’re to have more snow tomorrow morning. I think the white will take over for a day or two now… but even the white is beautiful in the woodlands. Oh, and don’t worry… the woods is the last place you’ll find me on a windy day!

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    1. Thank you, Cecilia! My sister Jodi says she would like to apply for a “sky painter” job when her life here on earth is done. She loves color. I have to admit the sunrises and sunsets are some of the most beautiful aspects of mother nature!

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  7. Beautiful…have never seen pink rain before…so lucky you got a photo of it! Regarding your previous post about the trip to your cabin…does it ever bother you that your husband hunts deer..I mean with you being a deer mom and all 🙂 And, can you swim in that lake for a cool off? Especially after that hot hike through the burrs? 🙂

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    1. Thank you! The pink rain was just amazing and I was very lucky to have just enough time to photograph it before it blurred into the distance. When we took Daisy in, I admit it was a little bit strange knowing we had a freezer full of venison in the next room. Raising Daisy did change things for us a bit, but it does not bother me that our main meat is venison. FD no longer hunts west of our home. This is the area Daisy and her offspring roam. As far as we know, she doesn’t venture further than a mile radius. The half mile to the river is considered city limits so hunting in her home area would be illegal. So now FD strictly hunts at the cabin (about ten miles from here) or other areas of the state. Of course I worry about Daisy during the hunting season anyway. I worry just the same about any wildlife we raise. I think it is the nature of all mothers to worry. 🙂

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  8. Oh and what about swimming in the lake to cool off or do you just generally go there during hunting season when it’s too cold anyway? And or can you fish out of it? 🙂

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    1. Oh, sorry, I forgot to address that! I have slipped off the side of the boat to cool off, but we have a lot of snakes and snapping turtles in Oklahoma so I don’t spend a lot of time in the water out there. We do fish the lake but usually in the spring when the algae is low. It can be fished from the banks or a boat – we have a two-man boat. We would love to spend more time at the cabin, but generally it’s just during hunting season or a spring or early summer fishing day. Maybe retirement will allow us more time to enjoy the cabin area. 🙂

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  9. How did I miss your post!? I was thinking it’s been a while since you’ve blogged and thought I’d check your site. Pink rain! How special. Your photos are beautiful, Lori. Like you, I was often busy on the farm in the kitchen or the wool shed during special moments such as sunsets. I’d often make a mad dash to find my camera when I glimpsed something special. Thanks for sharing this lovely rare pink event with us. 😀

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    1. Thank you, Jane! Being outdoors really does allow us some of the most spectacular moments in nature. It’s not having the camera handy that causes me to dash around!Sometimes you only have just seconds to photograph something amazing! 🙂

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