Monday, March 23, 2015

The silvery shimmer of a spring sky

These clouds are typical of a spring day in the Lower Mainland.

Each place on earth has its own kind of light. Until I visited France, I didn't comprehend the nature of the light in French Impressionist paintings. 

The appearance of the sky hints at latitude, location and climate zone. I grew up in Northern BC, where November brought cold weather and evening skies with a unique purple colouring that expressed the season: early winter in the North, but before the first snow.

The sky tells of the approach of snow too, for those who are interested and observant enough. A good nose also helps detect the season's first snow, perceptible as a scent in the air before blankets the ground.

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