Squirl's Nest

Thursday, January 12, 2006

Blue skies, nothin' but blue skies

First, I want to thank every one of you for your kind words of support in my hour of car shooting. I should have it back on Friday and never will park in that particular spot again.

I felt it was time for something lighter. A lot lighter, in fact. We actually had a sunny day all day here in Michigan in January. I felt the need to document this fact throughout the day.

This was shortly after sunrise.


I am not posting every picture I took. If you'd like to see the other four that won't be posted just click on one and go through them on Flickr. Of course, I like to check out the Large version in All Sizes.

This is what midday looked like.


I was hoping we'd get a nice sunset. There really weren't enough clouds to make a spectacular showing, but it's better than we've had in a while.


And it stayed clear after dark, and the moon is almost full. So, of course, I had to take this shot.


Well, here am being a little ray of sunshine. Hope everyone enjoyed at least half as much as I did. :-)


Anonymous lawbrat said...

Those have got to be the most beautiful pictures of Michigan in January.
I just love Grand Rapids. I lived there for quite awhile, but moved back to Lansing in '03.
Thank you for thinking of me!

Thu Jan 12, 07:29:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thank you Lawbrat. Sun in January is rare around these here parts. Grand Rapids is a nice town. But, you needed to move for school.

You're welcome and I hope you got the chance to take your boys out in the sunshine today. :-)

Thu Jan 12, 07:54:00 PM  
Blogger Momentarily_Distracted said...

Beautiful! :oD

Thu Jan 12, 07:55:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Thanks, MD!

Thu Jan 12, 07:56:00 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Pretty! I so want to visit Michigan. I spent the first six years of my life there and remember absolutely nothing about it.

Thu Jan 12, 08:28:00 PM  
Blogger Bucky Four-Eyes said...

I like that series. It was soooo nice to have sun all day, and the moon came out early and gorgeous.

Jim, where in Michigan?

Thu Jan 12, 08:34:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jim, thanks! I'm with Bucky, I'd like to know where in MI. Summers here are nice, as is the end of spring and beginning of fall. Otherwise, it's cold and gloomy.

Bucky, thanks, yeah, wasn't it a gorgeous day? After I got the morning pics I decided it needed to be a series. When I saw the moon tonight, that was the topper.

Thu Jan 12, 08:41:00 PM  
Blogger JessicaRabbit said...

We had sunshine here today too and Hermione was thrilled!

SHe couldnt wait to get outside and chase the Squirrels.


Thu Jan 12, 10:10:00 PM  
Blogger SunDenine said...

I really was beautiful out today here in G.R. Alex actually caught a few rays on the front porch.
I know you like clouds too Squirl and so do I. Did you see the cloud pic I posted coming back from Marquette? Take a look if you get a chance.

I also found a cloud appreciation group on Flickr. You may like it too. Got a bunch of cool sky pics in my favs.

skwruui Sun...yup screwy.

Thu Jan 12, 10:36:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

Glad you guys were toasty under the sun. Don't mean to brag and all but... 73 and sunny :P!!!

Those pictures prolly doesn't even do it justice. I wish you could capture the glee of the person taking it in the actual photograph. I hope it was a happy day for all of you MI buddies up there!

I hope to get some nice sky shots up in the mountains on Sunday. I'm going up into the mountains with my future husband :P.

Will explain later - MISS YOU!!!!

Fri Jan 13, 12:04:00 AM  
Blogger Von Krankipantzen said...


Fri Jan 13, 01:48:00 AM  
Blogger JD's Rose said...

Ooowww, pretty. I want a big ass camera to take pictures of the moon.

Fri Jan 13, 06:46:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

*looks around trying to find the lighter subject matter amongst all the images of carnage and debris*


*remembers the twins he once dated and how he thought it was funny that Carnage was actually the messy one, and Debris always started the fights*

*walks out*

Fri Jan 13, 07:39:00 AM  
Blogger Susie said...

You're a little ray of moonshine, too! :)

Fri Jan 13, 08:50:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

squirl and bucky - Stockbridge. Which is near Ann Arbor.

Fri Jan 13, 09:31:00 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

My aunt lived in Hell, MI.

Fri Jan 13, 09:32:00 AM  
Blogger LadyBug said...

A little ray of sunshine, yes. But you mooned us in the last pic!


Beautiful photos, as usual, Squirl. Thanks for sharing them with us. I hope you and Ichabod have a wonderful weekend.

Fri Jan 13, 09:39:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Jess, you mean I shouldn't show up at your doorstep because Hermione will chase me? Should I be skirred?

Sun, I'll have to check that out. I should check out the Flickr group, too. Thanks!

Chia, your temp sounds wonderful. I hope it doesn't rain on you the whole time you're away for the weekend. Talk to you again soon.
Kranki, I'm keeping these pictures as a reminder that it might, just might be sunny in MI in the winter. Sorry about all your rain. That can really be a drag after all those days.

Kylz, it is fun. I have trouble making them look really cool. Jess R had one last fall that was just gorgeous. It was taken through a leafless tree and with a few wispy clouds.

Mr B, it looks like dating twins brings nothing but trouble. Sometimes trouble is fun.

Susie, I'll bet even a little ray of moonshine is enough to get you drunk. Come on, we're both Southern Girls, we should know, right?

Jim, Bucky might know Stockbridge, I'm not as familiar with that side of the state. It's always cracked me up that there's a Hell, MI. When people say there's a snowball's chance in hell of something happening, I figure in winter that's pretty likely. :-)

Ladybug, and it's not the first time I've mooned you all. tee hee
Thanks, I hope you, DD and all the little bugs have a great weekend, too.

Fri Jan 13, 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Ok, so I made it up. :(

Fri Jan 13, 11:17:00 AM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, what am I going to do with you?

Fri Jan 13, 11:22:00 AM  
Blogger Mr. Bloggerific Himself said...

Send me a set of twins?

Fri Jan 13, 11:45:00 AM  
Blogger Effie said...

You wouldn't believe the kind of day that i'm having today and when I clicked to your site and I saw such pretty sunny happy pictures, I was so much happier, right away! It's so nice to have blog friends like you! (the sun isn't shining up here right now, but it is alarmingly warm for January)


wuz jus' what we expected?

Fri Jan 13, 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Mr B, ahem!

Effie, so glad I could brighten your day for a minute. Yeah, it's raining cats and dogs here today, but I can bask in yesterday for about the next month. Then I might need to see the sun for real again. :-)

wuz jus' what we expected I like that.

Mine's lotyns lotta noise?

Fri Jan 13, 12:50:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Sun in winter.

Truly a good thing.

Fri Jan 13, 01:52:00 PM  
Anonymous Danielle said...

Mind you, I have that song stuck in my head now.

But that is a good one to have stuck, so all is well.

Fri Jan 13, 01:52:00 PM  
Blogger Sometimes Saintly Nick said...

Ah, Squirl, sunshine! I love the sun! Glad you have it, ‘cause we in Louisville are in the midst of “a strong storm system crossing the Ohio Valley today and tonight.” That includes the rain that’s falling now turning into snow tonight.

I’m happy to hear your car in coming back; you did have it armor plated, didn’t you?

Fri Jan 13, 02:33:00 PM  
Anonymous lawbrat said...

I just stopped by again to enjoy the sun. Of course, today its raining and very gloomy. I'll take rain over snow any day.

Fri Jan 13, 03:16:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Danielle, sun in winter is good. So is that song. ;-)

SS Nick, that sun was beautiful. We're getting loads of rain today, but that weather yesterday was sooo gorgeous. And my car won't be ready until next week now. They're not even armor plating it. :-(

Lawbrat, come on back any time you need to see the sun. And I'll take rain over snow any day too.

Fri Jan 13, 05:08:00 PM  
Blogger eclectic said...

I'm glad someone caught this gorgeous sunny winter on camera -- we've had the sun, I just haven't had the energy to photograph it. And now, thanks to you, I don't have to!!! Beautiful shots, Squirly. Glad for you to get some sun -- you've been needing it!

Fri Jan 13, 07:18:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Hi, Eclectic, I would've been pissed had I not had my camera yesterday. I am glad I caught it, too. I will be looking back on these for a while. It's going to have to help me keep my spirits up. They didn't have my car done today, darn it.


Fri Jan 13, 07:26:00 PM  
Blogger hellokittn said...

Jeepers! No car?!?! Do they know when you're going to be able to nab it?

Come over to my place when you get a minute. I just posted pic's of the lake. I had a truly etheral experience today and really miss having you around to see it.

Best wishes Squirl!

Sat Jan 14, 09:35:00 PM  
Blogger Squirl said...

Chia, I've already been admiring those pictures on your Flickr account.

I could have my car on Monday but I won't get to GR until after the shop is closed. It'll have to be Tuesday.


Sat Jan 14, 09:41:00 PM  
Blogger Bridget Jones said...

Gorgeous, just gorgeous.

Sun Jan 15, 10:27:00 PM  

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