One of the most popular features of the first incarnation of this blog was Amazing Sky. These were periodic posts that shared images of sun and clouds, fog and rain, stars and moon, or whatever the photographer found amazing or inspiring about that small glimpse into the expanse beyond our particular spot on this earth. I know it was popular because site statistics at that time indicated that a significant percentage of visitors arrived via a Google search for amazing sky. A few of them became regular readers.
Many of the images I shared were ones that I took, as I'm always on the lookout for amazing sky and have been known to go well out of my way to find the perfect shot, to chase the moon, to follow a storm, or catch the last moments of a sunset. I have a hard drive full of amazing sky, a fact that delights me. The above image is one such example that captures many layers of skyness.
I also solicited submissions of amazing sky to include on the site, and had images sent to me from friends and strangers. I got sky from Dubai, from Lone Pine, CA, and from backyards near and far. Here's an example of crowd-sourced amazing sky from back in 2006:
A friend that moved to the desert recently reminded me why I stop for the sky, again and again. As she put it, there is "nothing like staring into space (literally) to remind me to focus on what's important and real, not the chatter and bs." I need those reminders, especially when everything else seems full to overflowing and my mind is on spin cycle.
So, please stare into space today, and consider sending me some of your own amazing sky. As just as before, poetry, reflections, stories, dreams, or stream of consciousness musings are always appreciated.