Saturday, 26 May 2012

Sailor's Sunsets

Sailor's Sunsets
I arrived safely in Melville this morning, travelling a total of 4 & 1/2 hours through 8 counties, made only 2 pit stops and unfortunately had one casualty... I came upon a pheasant along the Mountain road guiding her chicks along the side for their breakfast and she dashed out onto the road just as I was turning the corner. I'm feeling terrible about orphaning the chicks, but as my mom said "That is nature for you"

She cheered me up however, with these beautiful shots of the sunsets she captured this week and they reminded me of the Sailor's weather lore used prior to barometers for weather predictions. In North America the lore typically goes:

"Red sky at night, sailor's delight
Red sky at morning, sailor's take warning"

The lore extends to many different countries, each saying slightly different, but all predicting the same weather pattern - that a calm day on the water is preceded by a red coloured sunset the night before and rough seas ahead if the red colours come up with the sun! This link has a few more interesting sailor folklore from around the world. One lore that used to get us as kids was an extension of the Flying Dutchman, as our grandparents used to warn of a burning ghost ship off the shore late at night! 

This picture is cool too, as the sun was able to capture the smoke patterns of two jets that had soared across the skies just as dusk was settling!

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