The Living Sky

The Ragtag Daily Prompt this morning is VARIEGATED SKIES. Considering this province has taken as slogan, “Saskatchewan, land of living skies,” you can imagine we see lots of variegation when we look up. It’ not all just flying bugs, as some suggest when they hear that phrase.

I woke up before 5am and couldn’t sleep, so decided to start my day with a cup of coffee and a quick check of my In-Box. When I passed the west-facing window at 5:30, I saw an almost full moon with a few bands of clouds hovering just above. It’s pretty nippy out there, too; our temp shows -27 C.

We here on the Canadian prairies aren’t alone in the living skies dept, though — it’s just that we get to see so much sky, the land being so flat and all. Here’s an ocean scene from Greece, courtesy of Pixabay, with lots of variegation in the sky.

Since I’ve taken up paining, I’ve been studying the Impressionist artists, especially Monet. They’ve been quite successful at illustrating living skies, dabbling away with blue, grey, violet, tan, coral and cream. Here’s a painting from Unsplash, shared by the Birmingham Museum Trust, entitled CROWS, that shows a lovely variegated sky:

Now it’s time to enjoy a second cup of coffee while I make some down-to-earth plans for today. I’m cooking both meals at the Villa today and dinner tomorrow, so that will take some Planning. Have a great weekend, everyone. Maybe you still have some last-minute shopping to do today? Stay warm and safe.

19 thoughts on “The Living Sky

    1. Yes, you probably would. There’s an old joke about a prairie farmer who moved to BC and someone asked him what he thought of the mountains. “Well, they’re very nice,” he replied, “but they sure do get in the way of the view.”

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      1. 🙂 That’s why I couldn’t live in a narrow, mountain valley. The San Luis Valley is perfect for me — big, flat, dried lake bed surrounded by mountains but far enough away that you can actually SEE them. The first time I went to the east coast I got claustrophobia because of the rolling hills and trees. I couldn’t see OUT.

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  1. We are a hardy bunch here in Saskatchewan, aren’t we? After the milder winter temperatures of late it seems as though winter has well and truly set in now. One of our favourite sayings, “A mild November makes winter seem shorter.” This year we made it almost to Christmas!

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