Jekyll Island Beach 2012

Jekyll Island Beach 2012
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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

A is for ALPENGLOW

The Rogue Speaks:

My first thought was to write about "amnesia,"  because the Republicans seem to have conveniently forgotten just how we got ourselves in this financial mess in the first place, more recently starting with Reaganomics, when our debt tripled,  and drifting down to "the decider," George W. Bush, who ran the national debt up to $10.62 trillion "all by his lonesome" with his tax-cuts and two wars in the middle east.  Of course, he was helped along by the stock market and the housing crisis.   Even a 5th grader knows that if one cuts the amount of money coming into one's checking account, and increases the amount that one spends every month, one will end up in  deep doo-doo when it comes time to pay the bills.  The Republicans' answer to this dilemma is to cut programs that the older, less affluent taxpayers depend upon, while leaving alone or adding to the absurd programs that are of no benefit to the majority of American citizens, and line the pockets of the wealthy 1%.

But enough of this depressing political garbage!  It's Alphabe-Thursday!!!

I need something serene and calm in my life right now.  I need ALPENGLOW!  By strict definition, alpenglow is not direct sunlight, and can really only be seen after sunset and before sunrise.  But in the mountains, alpenglow can be seen when the mountains are lit by the fading sunlight. When there is a threat of rain, the sunrise has a red or rosy glow because of water or ice particles hanging low in the atmosphere, while those luscious sunsets are due to dust particles in the air.   Here are a few examples of both--scenes I have captured where I live, in Tucson.

December Sunrise

When the mountains turn pink, it's time for a drink!
(Old Tucson saying! No, really!!)
Ah, that rosy glow!!

Winter sunrise, rain to follow!

Since we are leaving for Jekyll Island in a little over a week, I thought I would add some of my coastal photos, as well.

Jekyll Island Sunrise,
 fourth place, Arizona Daily Star
vacation photo contest

Shrimp boats at Latitude 31,
 storm brewing at sunset

Alpenglow and a risen moon
Jekyll Island, Georgia

I hope you feel more calm and peaceful now!  Alphabe-Thursday is always such fun, and our teacher, Miss Jenny Matlock, is so kind and generous when she grades our assignments!!  If you aren't a student in our class, you really should join.  I'll be looking for you!!!



25 comments:

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

My new mantra: When the mountains turn pink, it's time for a drink!

xxoo,

RMW

Dana @ Bungalow'56 said...

We are fortunate enough to live in the far north and wake up to this type of beautiful sky almost every morning for about half the year. It is amazing what colours we can see. Orange, pink, purple. It is beautiful.

Karen S. said...

Great opening, I think though that wealthy 1% is too good to ever have deep doo-doo, right! Grrr...
Your photos are just lovely....and it's all right there for our enjoyment....free ...for anyone to share. I am so jealous about your trip...lucky you! It will be lovely! :)

Annesphamily said...

Beautiful photos! Have a wonderful trip and thanks for the great share! Hugs Anne

Mumsy¸.¤ª“˜¨ said...

Oh Judie, you really know how to calm our minds down with your gorgeous photos after a lesson in politics.

I maybe the odd one, but I love your raw and honest opinion on every issue.

Have a fun time on your trip!

nothingprofound said...

Judie, every time I come here you renew my nostalgia for Tucson. Nowhere since have I seen sunsets to compare with those in your photos. It's truly a magical place.

anitamombanita said...

Love the alpenglow. I've never heard of Jekyll Island...will have to check that out! Have fun!

Riet said...

I love your pictures and the Alpenglow. Lovely soft colors

Jo said...

Well you certainly calmed down after the first topic ... beautiful photos! You really do live in a magical place!

Sue said...

Thanks for teaching me a new word! And alpenglow, as described, is my favorite time of day.

=)

Lola said...

Hi Judie!

Our favorite time of day too!

XOXO Lola & Nora:)

PS Agree with you about Mr Allen's stuff. Made a nice *A* subject though! (Hope Ms Matlock agrees!!)

Jim said...

I don't blame you, Judie, for looking for something more calming than what the amnesia of our leaders might bring to us constituents.

Alpenglow is an interesting phenonem of nature. I looked it up and now understand pretty much how it works. Radio waves reflect in the atmosphere in a similar manner but reflect off a different souce up there.
..

Emille said...

Judie, somehow in the business I lost track of you! Have a great vacation my friend, and come back refreshed and inspired!

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

I do feel more relaxed! Such gorgeous photos! Thank you for sharing!

Andy David said...

My dearest Judie,
The pictures are soooooo beautiful and relaxing. When I look at them, I feel like writing a poem for you (smile). Thanks for sharing my friend.

Nitin Jain said...

thanks for sharing the pictures...we starve for such views in this part of the world :). But I tend to think amnesia is good sometimes, isnt it !!

Sue McPeak said...

Wow...beautiful views and great music with Twilight Time. Enjoyed it very much...great memories and of course some of the same sunsets in Texas. Great Letter A post!

Gattina said...

I noticed that only narrow minded and wealthy Americans are Republicans, they should travel abroad a little more and see how the world works !
Alpenglow is so beautiful ! that's right !

Splendid Little Stars said...

lovely alpenglow photos! (I hadn't heard that word before, but now it's mine!) Yes, I AM feeling all serene, thank you!

Ames said...

I love one of your good rants. It's like a cup of coffee and a cigarette at the end of a rough day!
I had no idea the light at dawn and dusk is called apenglow. I just learned a new word. I'll have to use that in a sentence sometime.
I am jealous you are going on vaca. I just called our pet sitter and it looks like I am staying home for Terry's family reunion and it looks like we aren't going anywhere for our 27th anniversary. Oh pooh. But I'll be thinking about you. Enjoy the apenglow while on Jekyl Island! LYMI!~Ames

EG CameraGirl said...

Thank you, Judie. I DO feel much calmer now. :)

Your photos are featuring alpenglow are gorgeous!

Lmkazmierczak said...

Visiting from Miss Jenny's. Awesome blog. Was not familiar with the term but am familiar with the beautiful colors that come out at dusk and dawn. Kudos♫♪

Jenny said...

Alpenglow!?!

Love it!

I've never heard the term before but now I can use it randomly and with great aplomb!

The weather is so gorgeous right now it's a shame to head South!

Thanks for linking up Miss Judie!

Amazing A post!

A+

lissa said...

I've not heard of the term alpenglow before but it's fitting for alphabe-thursday. love the pink sky shots.

hope you have a sweet day.

Cathy Kennedy said...

What lovely relaxing photos! There is nothing like the rising or setting sun to put your mind at peace regardless of who's in the Oval office. Thanks for the lovely 'A' post! Sorry for the delay in getting over to visit. Life has been surreal for the last several days with DS's graduation. Hopefully things will slow down now.