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Good Morning Inspiration – THE SKY, BLEOTCH!

This reminds me of a joke.

What does Snoop Dogg (wait, Snoop Lion, right? wait.) — one more time:
What does Snoop Dogg use to get his soiled whites that Oh-So-White white?

Why, BLEOTCH of course.

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I LOVE writing outside!  I have been glued to this patio table for three days straight.  Since it’s Laura’s birthday, I promised I would not be on my laptop all day, and I don’t break promises to my wife

While plastered to this table, I found a bunch of photos of the sky that were inspired by just being outside — a series of photographs from The Boston Globe’s Big Picture Blog, which frequently rocks my socks off, some Flickr photos that rocked me after the first sock change, and more inspirational shots of nature’s original TV.   This particular morning sock rocking is of photos of the sky – and they are TOTALLY worth it!

Spend some time outside this weekend looking at the sky, day or night – you owe it to yourself.  You never know when you’re going to see something life-changing.  Go get a cup and chill and scroll through these captures of pure imagination building.

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Sky sunset

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Big Tree with Red Sky in the Winter Night

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High Altitude Eclipse

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Big Tree with Red Sky in the Winter Night

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Sunset / Sky / Clouds

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Sky's Secrets

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Misnomer Majestica: Fire Rainbows

So-called Fire Rainbows actually have nothing to do with fire or rainbows, however they are absolutely awesome! The correct nomenclature for this optical phenomenon is circumhorizontal arc (circumhorizon arc and lower symmetric 46° plate arc are also accepted). A multi-colored halo (spanning from the red wavelengths at the top to the indigo like a rainbow) that runs parallel to the horizon occurs when the sun’s height in the sky is more than 58° above the horizon and its light passes through a cirrus cloud or haze consisting of ice crystals. These ice crystals must be hexagonal and plate-shaped, facing parallel to the ground. When light enters the top of the ice crystal through its vertical side face, and exits bending through the lower horizontal face, it separates like a prism.

While the circumhorizontal arcs are indeed arcs, they frequently only appear in small sections of wispy cirrus clouds where the ice crystals are properly aligned, which leads to the misnomer “fire rainbow”. Here’s a small gallery of this spectacular optical phenomenon: