15 – Sky *

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I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

The birds are active this morning. The sandpipers and sanderlings are busy foraging the wet sand of the retreating wave. Pelicans are gliding low across the water, then suddenly turning upward to prepare for their dive. Gulls are ever-present, but not diving.

I hear a plane above me – probably one from the nearby naval station. I look up into the bright sky to find it, but I find two things – the plane and the idea to think about the sky.

The sky is a place where birds fly and insects buzz. The place people use for planes, helicopters, kites, parasails, and letting tall buildings attempt to grab the clouds.

From the sky comes the sun as light, power, and warmth; plus rain as grace, and snow as mixed emotions – but our lives need that water for life and its renewal.

The sky is home to sky blue, clouds, rainbows, auroras, lightning, and eclipses – as well as the sun, moon, planets, and distant stars.

The sky is everything above Earth’s surface and beyond – the firmament.

The sky is the blue veil masking space by day, but displaying twinkles during the night.

The sky is blue because it scatters blue light from the sun, yet a portion of it is the very thin atmosphere surrounding our planet. A partition leading to black beyond the blue.

Maybe a clear day with the blue sky free of clouds is telling us to keep our minds bright, clear, and free. Yet, like the sky, clouds enter our minds. After all, that is life because life involves distractions, trials, storms, and delusions. Clouds come and go, just as many aspects of life – but the sky remains as a steadfast friend.

Clouds can enhance the sky with wisps, swirls, and puffs – a time that can make us smile and even dream. At times clouds in the sky form a thick blanket tempering the sun’s presence. Clouds can even lower the sky to the ground as fog, which limits our vision as fog.

The stretch of approaching dark clouds in the sky is a sign that change is coming in the form of a storm – but not today. The sky is blue with white streaks and puffs scattered about.

Before night falls, the sky may be the projection screen for a brilliant display of oranges and yellows as we watch the glowing disc kiss the water on the horizon – a time creating a sigh – a time marking the end of a day – a time of us looking forward daylight’s return – a time about to give way to the night sky.

The night sky is dark, but dark is the backdrop for a celestial light show. The night sky and its twinkling lights stimulate out-of-this-world dreams. The night sky that will soon be the place for the rising moon. A moon that doesn’t shine on its own, but reflects the light of a sun that we cannot see.

The night sky is where astronomers have studied the stars for many years – yet also the place where astrologers relate behaviors to the constellations and the planets.

The night sky is home to a sight I have not seen but yearn to see – the Milky Way’s stunning display. Some day, I hope. Some day.

In time, the sky signals the return of day as a mere scattering of light on the eastern horizon – a signal that night is drawing to a close and the light of a new day is about to emerge from its nocturnal cocoon.

The pre-dawn light may first appear as a faint, distant reddish line on the horizon. Slowly, the sky’s colors change as additional light appears. The yellows and oranges now accent the clouds and the sky as grays, blues, and black. All this as a fanfare for the sun’s imminent arrival and its announcement that daylight has once again returned.

The sky is where we stare to dream of riding on clouds by day – but at night, we stare into the cosmos wondering about many thoughts.

During good times and bad times, we look to the sky for hopes, dreams, good things, smiles, or encouraging assistance.

The sky is a powerful metaphor asking each of us to aim for the sky, reach for the sky, and imagine castles in the sky that may be spies.

To some, the sky is the limit – but it is an infinite ceiling because of the black beyond the blue.

Both the sea and the sky are always present on the beach, the sea is never still, but the sky appears to be something that is not – motionless.

The sky – an awesome gift that is full of wonders and mysteries. As long as we are outside and no matter the place by day or night, the sky is always there. Like the most-trusted friend, the sky is ever-present.

Here on the coast, the sand, water, waves, wind, and clouds join the sky as ever-present. Along with others, they work together to create an environment where I walk because I like walking on the beach. It is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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134 thoughts on “15 – Sky *”

    1. Margaret,
      I’m with you on that thought. Simply a wonderful site. Several years ago we had a good view of a lunar eclipse. The issue would be it occurred during the overnight hours. I’m a light sleeper, and I noticed an abnormal light – so I got up to see the lunar eclipse. I had a spectacular view. It was still going on as the moon set in the west. Five minutes later, I was on the balcony watching the sunrise to the east. Definitely a memorable moment.

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  1. I am amazed by your rich observations and reflection about the sky, Frank.
    Man always wanted to reach the sky since Babel tower, then Icare then the balloons and at last planes , satellites and high towers .
    Good video
    In friendship

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    1. Michel,
      The need for humans to touch the sky. That is such a good line that I wish I would have thought of it. A special thank you for that. I love timelapse videos, so I’m confident more will appear in this series. Glad you enjoyed it and thanks for your kind words.


  2. Great visuals! My favorite thing about the sky is that it reminds me every time I look up that this life is FULL of infinite possibilities – as far as the eye can see and then some. I remember as a little girl watching the clouds roll by and “seeing” animals in their changing shapes……even now I find myself doing that from time to time and that’s a gift too – feeling like a little girl again.


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  3. That photo with the reddish sky really spoke to me right now. Thank you for your sky musings. There is just so much to consider if we pause to look and listen and watch and consider. Looking at the gray sky now tinged with shades of pink as the sun rises. Looking forward to a walk later.

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  4. Wonderful musings about the ever present sky, Frank. It’s something which is always in our vision when either looking through a window or when we’re outside. Now you have me playing Judy Garland’s ‘Somewhere over the rainbow’ in my mind. Have a great weekend. 😃

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  5. Definitely a way to reflect on nature’s beautify and the magnificence of the sky above us. Nothing better to soothe the mind and soul than the sky and the ocean. Your words are so intriguing and poetic.

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    1. Peggyjoan (or is it just Peggy or just Joan?),
      The sky is so much part of use no matter where we are. For me, combine with the sand, water, wind, and sun of the beach … wow. I guess that’s how Beach Walk Reflections came about. Believe me, I don’t consider my to be a poet, but describing this post as poetic makes me beam. Thank you.

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      1. Just Peggy. I love the beach and the ocean. I do not live near the ocean (live in Arkansas now), but I have been from Seattle to San Diego on the Pacific coast and in the Gulf from Galveston to Fort Meyers. You are a poetic storyteller for sure.


        1. Thanks for your kind words and for sharing a bit of your contact with the beach. With you in Arkansas and me in Ohio, we know what it’s like to be away from the beach – but hey = I’m further. Given the locations you have mentioned, you must enjoy travel and/or have lived many places. 🙂

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      1. I won’t lie – I didn’t really watch much of the video, I closed my eyes to listen. Yes, kudos to Dan for those awesome photos. It’s fun that you collaborate with your peeps.

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  6. So many wonderful mental images and metaphors, Frank. I like the blue sky as an open mind and clouded thoughts – could include misinformation and superstition in there.

    I’m sorry to hear you’ve never seen the Milky Way, but you probably have a lot of company. I can see it almost any night from my home.

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    1. Eilene,
      You are in the land of much open sky, so besides the Milky Way, I’m confident that you see quite a show. With the sky being so much part of us, no wonder it is such a strong metaphor. Meanwhile, today’s world is unquestionably clouded with various forms of misinformation – which is a horrifying.

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  7. To me the sky is the veil that separates us from the heavenly realms, or in other words, the gateway to heaven itself. Yes its a childish thought, but it helps keep me in good balance…because the heavens is the Throne Room, where from all is seen upon the earth…and (hopefully), well controlled. Maybe that is why I don’t care too much for the dark dismal days we had the past week, but…today its a bright crisp wonderfully sunny day! Hooray!

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  8. How I love the image of reaching for the sky, Frank! And isn’t it odd that, because of debris in the air, we can see some magnificent sunrises and sunsets?? Now that our daylight hours are shortening, it kind of behooves us to catch those turning points when possible. Please tell Dan his photos added a great deal to your lovely words today!

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    1. Debbie,
      I like that image, too! It is very odd that the colorful skies come from particulates in the air. Amazingly, this summer’s fires in California helped provide good color to your area and mine! Dan is appreciative of your kind words! You can also stop by his blog and let him know. 🙂

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  9. We had fabulous skies down at the beach today, Frank, but the highlight for me was watching dolphins play, out in the water. I rarely manage to see them so I was so excited. I doubt they felt the same 🙂 🙂

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    1. Jo,
      Seems you had a wonderful day. Even in the distance, see dolphins always brings a smile. Several years ago as my wife and I were walking, a pod of dolphins were frolicking very close to shore. Never seen them that close before! On the inland intercoastal waterways, some areas have dolphin cruises – and they enjoy swimming and jumping beside speeding boats. Meanwhile, cheers to your fabulous skies and your good day.


  10. We look up at the sky and embrace its immensity, intuitively knowing that we belong to the earth, to the soil that nourishes and the air that gives breath. One of my favouite quotes about the sun, sky and earth is:

    All this time
    The Sun never says to the Earth,

    “You owe me.”

    What happens
    With a love like that,
    It lights the whole sky.”


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    1. Rebecca,
      Oh my … such a great poem. Sun and Earth’s relationship is very strong – even Earth needs the sun – but the opposite not so much. Thanks for the wonderful poem. My first thought went to the selfish behaviors of people versus the seemingly non-selfishness of the planets and the sun.

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    1. Resa,
      Glad you especially enjoyed this walk. To me, the Northern Lights fit – even though I’ve never seen them – and never will on the beach I visit. However, I think of the sky as the movie screen for the Northern Lights. The sky is where this glorious event happens. Meanwhile, I can’t recall the last night I heard your song. Thank you! 🙂

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  11. Beautiful post! I greatly appreciated how you stated the sky is where the birds and the insects fly, and humans use it for planes and such. I liked the reminder that humans use the sky that really belongs to all of existence. I loved the description of blue veil that separates us from the space. I had written a poem about pondering if the blue sky or the white clouds were more pure, metaphorically, as both gave a different flavor of peace as I watched them shifting around. I loved the statement that the sea and the sky are both present at the beach, smiling, realizing there is no other possibility 🙂 It is magical how a glimpse of the sky puts all of life in the mind to perspective. I have pondered if Earth is Mother, is the Sky Father – traditional nurturer and provider team to us human children – both such givers?

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    1. PD,
      No doubt about it …. the sky is not ours (as in humans) but it is for all inhabitants of our planet. In terms of the question of which is more pure, wow – but aren’t they like hand and glove? You also have me wondering about the Sky Father and the Sky as a mother. Whew … so much to think about! Nonetheless, thanks for your thought-provoking comment.

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  12. This post seemed to be more complex, travelling through a twenty-four hour day. It is so true though, the sky is always present. Yet isn’t it amazing how all the constant changes you speak about conjure an impression of the sky in constant transition? A well thought out concept, Frank, and I love Dan’s photos, with each image enhancing your words. 🙂

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  13. Beautiful post, Frank! I’ve never seen the Milky Way either. I understand that it can be seen in Acadia National Park in Maine in the summer so we’re starting to think about a possible trip… Northern Lights can be seen there in the winter…

    Dan Antion’s last photograph of the trees bending in the same direction as the clouds with sunset highlights — stunning!

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    1. Barbara,
      Thanks for the kind words. Given that Acadia is relatively close – hmmmmmm – seems like a possible future road trip to see the Milky Way! My wife wants to see the northern lights so bad, she wants to go to Iceland in the winter! Keep in mind, she frequently uses the phrase, “I hate winter.” Glad you enjoyed Dan’s photos, and the last one is my favorite.

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      1. I completely understand your wife’s wanting to go to Iceland to see the northern lights! For me, it was wanting to go to Norway to see them on an above-the-arctic-circle cruise. I’ve let go of that dream due to health problems but a trip to Acadia seems like it might possibly work. One summer trip, one winter trip? We’ll see.

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  14. I have seen the Milky Way many times but never as amazing as in Northern Maine where there were no lights to obscure its beauty. I do hope you see it that same way one day.


    1. Karen,
      You’ve seen the Milky Way many times, and I haven’t seen it once? That’s not fair!!!! Just kidding – good for you. You mentioned seeing it in northern Maine. Not long ago I saw a news report about a guy out west who operates a train, which takes people deep into the desert to see the stars. Sounded delightful to me! Have you seen the northern lights?


  15. Love dan’s photos to go with your reflections about the sky! Especially that last photo with the glow and interesting shapes
    Also – the emerald green water in the opening video reminded me of Destin!

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  16. What a beautiful post. Fascinating Sky, words, music, and photographs. It is not easy to turn the page in your blog… I want to stay here forever… Thank you dear Dan and Thank you dear Frank, two beautiful bloggers, Stay in safe, Love, nia


  17. You’ve stolen my breath, Frank. Between the recording of the ways, and your pictures and then your thoughts, I was taken away into another world. What freedom both the ocean and sky represent to me. OH how lucky you are to be walking the beach ….. my soul yearns. Thank you for giving me a taste of my yearning.

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