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Sunset Framed by Branches by Beth Sawickie

Sunset Stroll – March 18th, 2015

Just a few days before the “official” start of spring here in the Northern Hemisphere and Mother Nature was again reminding us that it ain’t spring yet!

There were gusty winds throughout the day with a little chill on the breeze.

But – wow – once that sun started setting, brrr.  It dipped to under 40.  Cue the red runny nose and frozen fingers.

Beth and Doug March 18th, 2015 - Whitesbog

We decided to go to Whitesbog Village for sunset (one of our favorite places).

Some of the dirt roads there are beat up!  Ruts galore.  Luckily, since everything was still frozen, it wasn’t a mushy mess.  And, we had our 4×4 Tracker with us.

As we got to the old bog area we saw Tundra Swans.  There were Ring Necked Ducks hanging out in the middle of one of the bogs.  All of ’em were enjoying the open water that was terribly hard to find only a few weeks ago.

We drove a bit further passed the first couple bogs and passed several Mallard Duck couples in the shallow areas.

Then the Red Winged Black Birds – we only started seeing one of ’em here and there a few weeks ago – well, now they’re really returning to the area.

So pretty and their song is nice too!

Here’s a pic that Doug got of one of the Red Winged Black Birds:

You can see his feathers were all ruffled up from the almost constant wind.

They were such a delight to see and here.

We also saw Mourning Doves and some other little birds (I’ll have to check with Doug and let you know what they’re called.)

So we got to the spot where we wanted to photograph sunset from. Soc (the dog) was with us and he was anxious to get out of the truck!

I brought my little video camera with me to capture sunset – but I goofed – it ran out of juice! doh! I’m charging it now and will try again soon.

We also got to see a Beaver swimming along.  He always seems to pop out when there is very low light, so the pics aren’t that great.  Here he is:

Beaver at Whitesbog Village

Here are photos and my interpretations of sunset showing the energy I felt when viewing it:

Sunset Framed by Branches by Beth Sawickie

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Sunset Stroll – Feb. 23rd – Whitesbog Village

It was COLD! Darn COLD!  Mid-20’s with a wind-chill in the mid-teens.

I was planning on heading out to yoga… then Doug sent me a text “some really interesting cloud formations out there”…

That was it… I was going on a Sunset Stroll in this frigid cold – and takin’ the dog with me!

Here’s a video I made for you of the stroll:

And here are my energy enhanced photos from the stroll:

I work with my original photos to bring through them the awesome energy I felt when viewing the sunset.

While trying hard to keep my little truck on the ice-covered dirt roads, I stopped to capture this frozen bog with the sliver of blue-blue sky just over the pines.

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Frozen Bog Feb 23 by Beth Sawickie

I had visited Whitesbog the day prior when the temps were around 15 degrees warmer.  It was a sloppy mess!  Not today – everything was again frozen…

Ice on the dirt road by Beth Sawickie

The sun finally peaked out from behind the clouds…

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Then the sun totally burst from the sky – sending it’s golden rays to dance across every surface.

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Sunset Glow 4 by Beth Sawickie

Being out in nature is something that I do often.

It helps me to connect back to myself and the energy that runs through all things.

Enjoying  nature is something that has helped me move from ‘Blah to Bliss’.

What is something simple that you do to help keep yourself feelin’ good? (share with me in the comments below).

Behind me, the sky glowed pink while the bare trees were aglow in the ‘golden hour’ sun.

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Sunset Glow 5 by Beth Sawickie

As the sun set, the colors it threw into the sky became more vibrant.  This is the color cast in the Eastern sky, reflected in the frozen bog – enhanced by the energy I felt while viewing it.

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The Grand Finale of this Live Painting in the Sky was this burst of hot pink shooting through the clouds and reflecting on the bogs below.

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Sunset Glow 7 by Beth Sawickie

The color was slowly fading from the sky.  Soc and I were FREEZING!  Seriously – the tips of my fingers hurt really bad from being so cold.

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We headed back towards the car and I shot one more photo of the road leading out of the bog system.

The color reflected in the icy tire tracks reminds me of the DeLorean in Back to the Future 🙂

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Sunset Glow 8 by Beth Sawickie

I slowly made my way through the icy dirt roads and puddles when Doug showed up!

He had made it to the bogs just in time to catch the sunset.

Here is his BEAUTIFUL photo from the night:

Sunset, Feb 23rd by Doug Venner

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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) 🙂

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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.

Frozen Winter Sunset by Beth Sawickie

Frozen Winter Sunset

 

Frozen Winter Sunset by Beth Sawickie

I enhanced the original photo to express the energy I felt while viewing the setting sun.

The glistening of the ice on the reservoir.

The awesome swirls of clouds in the sky.

The sun’s rays reaching up into the atmosphere.

The colors oozing from the sun and fading into the clouds.

And that blue, blue sky as a canvas for it all.

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Whitesbog Worker's Houses in Winter by Beth Sawickie

Whitesbog Worker’s Houses In Winter

Whitesbog Worker's Houses in Winter by Beth Sawickie

At Whitesbog Village in NJ they have preserved several of the worker’s houses from years ago.

Entire families would come for the cranberry harvest season (and blueberries too, I think).

They often came from crowded cities so getting to spend time in the wide open country was actually a welcome change.

I thought this photo in black and white well illustrated the coldness of winter – even with the sun shining – it was freezing!.

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