Sunset Stroll – February 7th, 2015

Today was very warm – at least 45 degrees! That’s a 20 degree difference from yesterday!

Earlier in the day I noticed one of the first signs of spring – a Hyacinth pushing up through the ground 🙂

I took advantage of this warm weather and took Soc (the dog) for a nice walk near Whitesbog Village in NJ where we captured the sunset….  Enjoy!

I caught some of the sunset on video – take a look…

 

This was when we first got there…. hoping those clouds light up with color in a bit!
Sunset Stroll February 7 2015 with Beth Sawickie

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Here’s some close-up’s of the clouds.  Can you tell me what kind of clouds these are?  (let me know in the comments down below).sunset-feb-7-2015-04-beth-sawickie-72wm (1 of 1) sunset-feb-7-2015-03-beth-sawickie-72wm (1 of 1)

 

While waiting for the color show, we walked around.

Most of the bogs still had a layer of ice on them.

There were some neat ice formations at the edges – looked like the moving water froze as it was lapping at the edge of the bog.

And another area on the sand/dirt road where a puddle was melting.

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Then I turned around and looked at the opposite side (East)… it looked pretty neat over there too!

That’s a whole bunch o’ Pitch Pine growin’ there.

(Original photo edited to reflect the energy I felt while viewing it.)

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Here’s the sky at the height of the color!

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These next 2 show the energy I felt when viewing the sunset:

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And then it faded…

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Soc and I continued to walk for a bit – it still wasn’t too cold.

That itty bitty touch of pink/purple left in the sky did seem to rise up a bit again – too dark at that point for me to get a shot without a tripod.

I hope you enjoyed tonight’s Sunset Stroll 🙂  Let me know you enjoyed it by sharing it with others (use the buttons below) 🙂

And if you know what any of those clouds are, please let me know in the comments below.

Wishing you MANY more sunsets!

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P.S. My love of nature and photography really blossomed as I moved from “Blah” (depression) towards “Bliss”.  Read more about my journey in “Get Back on the Feel Good Train” that you can get for Free HERE.

Electric Sunset by Beth Sawickie

Sunset Stroll – February 6th, 2015

It was looking like it was not going to be a very colorful sunset.

Out my window I could see a low band of dark clouds along the horizon – usually a sign that whatever color would pop would be mostly blocked by ’em.

Besides – it was darn cold out (again) – mid-20’s.

So I went on my merry way doing whatever it was – oh yeah – cooking dinner.

Took a quick peak out the window and – WHOA!

Purple, pink, blue, orange!  Holy NUTS!

Dinner could wait! This sunset was a once in a lifetime opportunity! (you never see the same one twice).

I turned off the burner on the rice and luckily hadn’t started anything else yet.

I made it down the road to the bridge in time to watch the stunning sunset!

You can see a bit of it in this video here:

I was sitting on the frozen sand on the shoreline of the frozen lake.

I was in awe of the beautiful color show and didn’t realize just how COLD my rear end was getting!  LOL.

Here are my favorite photos from the sunset:

Electric Sunset by Beth Sawickie

Electric Sunset

This is by far my favorite photo of the evening. (above)

Prints, cards and gifts featuring “Electric Sunset” are available HERE.

Sunset February 6 #1 by Beth Sawickie

The colors were truly spectacular!  Not only were they reflecting off of the open water – but also the ice.

Sunset Reflected on Ice by Beth Sawickie

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Here’s the sunset from a part of the lake where the ice was frozen in ripples along the shoreline:

Frozen Sunset #2 by Beth Sawickie

The color lasted for a long time.

Actual sunset was around 5:15.  I started shooting at 5:23 and my last shot was at 5:44 (below).

Sunset #4 by Beth Sawickie

Most of the color had drained from the sky.  You can still see a bit of that hot pink peaking out from behind the trees towards the left.

I was totally frozen by this point and kinda happy that the show was coming to a close! lol.

Getting to see that marvelous one-of-a-kind live painting in the sky was definitely worth it though!

AND… an added bonus… I accidentally learned a new way to cook rice!  Even though I turned the burner off on the rice half-way through cooking, when I got home it was PERFECTLY cooked!

Later in the evening I created this “Energy Flow Mandala” inspired by tonight’s sunset:

Energy Flow Mandala by Beth Sawickie

Prints, cards and gifts featuring this “Energy Flow Mandala” are available HERE.

Thank you for joining me on this “virtual” Sunset Stroll.

I hope you enjoyed the video and photos!

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Beth Sawickie's 365 Project

365 Days of Mandalas and Photos & 52 Weeks of Nature Strolls

Beth Sawickie's 365 ProjectHave you heard of these “365 Projects” and “52 Projects”?

I had first heard about them a few years ago and, in fact, started a now-defunct website where my plan was to create 1 mandala a day for a year.

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They recently appeared on my radar again when Courtney Kirkland wrote about it on her Click It Up a Notch photography site.

So, here I go again (on my own….goin’ down the only road I’ve every known….  <— Whitesnake – remember them?)

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I am participating in these Projects by doing the following:

1. Posting 1 (or more) mandalas or photographs on my website each day – starting today – December 21, 2014 – the Winter Solstice here in the Northern Hemisphere.

All of my Project 365 images will be found HERE.

You can learn more about my Mandalas HERE.

By the way… if you like the mandala in this post, you can see the full version HERE.

2. Posting 1 (or more) “Nature Strolls” each week for 52 weeks – starting this week.

All of my Project 52 “Nature Strolls” will be found HERE.

You can learn more about my “Nature Strolls” HERE.

3. Sharing my work on social media daily, follow along on…

4.  I’m following a few fellow participants in the Project – hopefully we can encourage each other to keep going!

Here are the one’s I’m following (so far):

I encourage you to do your own 365 Project – whether that be photography, art, journaling or whatever floats your boat!

What are ya doin’ and when are ya startin’?

Tell me about your 365 or 52 Project in the comments below.

Sunset Stroll at Reeve’s Bog – Nov 23rd

It was a nice Sunday evening for taking a sunset stroll at Reeve’s Bog.

Surpisingly, the dog didn’t want to come with us.  Highly unusual.  He was happily eating a rawhide when we left.

We went to Reeve’s Bog hoping to see some Tundra Swans.  Unfortunately, the majority of them were someplace else for the evening.  We saw around 4 adults and 2 babies (they’re smaller and light gray) and our buddy with the broken wing.

Still, there was some nice color to see in the sunset….. oh – and an American Bald Eagle 🙂 I got a pic of him from far away.

Here are some of my photos….

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The above tree inspired my “Winter Tree Mandala 1

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That’s all from this particular evening.

Take a look at other “strolls” HERE.

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Cool Sunset Stroll at Whitesbog

This evening I decided that I just HAD TO get out for sunset and capture it with my camera.

That’s part of what I do to Feel Good 🙂  Wandering in nature and taking photos fills my “Feel Good Well” (don’t know what the heck I’m talking about?  See this post here.

So the dog (Soc) was bugging me to go out too!

So we hopped in the car about 40 minutes before sunset and headed down the road to Whitesbog Village.

Meanwhile a large mass of dark gray clouds started to roll in 🙁 And later just a little spritzin’ of rain.

All was not lost though – there still was some color.  And actually, the color was in pretty much the opposite direction of the setting sun.

The sun was setting behind those dark gray clouds I mentioned earlier.  I could see little bits of vibrant color peaking through the mass of dark clouds – but for tonight, the main show was in the other direction.

Hmm… I wonder if there is a lesson in there.

I think I found it!…..

– Beth Sawickie

And there were TUNDRA SWANS 🙂  25 or so of them hanging out in one of the old bogs.  They winter here.

Here are some of my photos from our sunset stroll…

This is the scene we saw as we pulled in to Whitesbog…

The red plants are blueberries.  Beyond the trees are the cranberry bogs.  You can see a little red-roofed pump house on the right.

I’ve taken photos in this spot before – check out Winter Cranberry Bog.

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This photo is supposed to be blurry 😉

This is the reflection of trees in a spot where the water has not frozen yet.

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Here is a close-up of the freezing water.  A very thin layer of ice…sunset-wb-nov22 (3 of 5) sunset-wb-nov22 (2 of 5)

Taking nature photos is a passion that blossomed only after I was able to overcome depression.  You can read more about that HERE.

I hope you enjoyed joining me (and Soc) on our little stroll this evening.

If you like these photos, so will others 🙂  Share ’em using the buttons above/below!

By the way, all of the photos are available as prints and cards – get in touch with me HERE if you’d like to order some.

I’m choosing to Feel Great, Love Life & Thrive and I hope you are TOO! 🙂

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