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Have You Seen Clouds Like These?

Have You Seen Clouds Like These?

Last night my Chris and I went out to buy lottery tickets, our twice weekly contribution to our retirement fund Ha ha. When we were backing out of the local Irving station, Chris noticed some beautiful color in the clouds to our East, and suggested we go a little North, to a grass landing strip on Post Road and see what the sunset might look like up there.

When we got up by the golf course, it became apparent that we needed to get out and take some pictures. There was a cloud bank towards the West. The sun was below the top of the cloud bank, and the exact meteorological or astronomical cause of this phenomena, I do not know, but the edge of the cloud bank was defined by a very fine line of bright orange. Beautiful and out of the ordinary, we felt so very fortunate to witness this AND have a camera.

Cloud Sunset
Cloud Sunset
Cloud Sunset

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Comment balloon 21 commentsJohn McCarthy • June 20 2011 12:35AM


You should see the sunsets we have out here in California.  They're trying to tax us to death but at least we have nice weather.

Posted by Doug Bullwinkel, Mortgage Loan Originator NMLS #281609 (Envoy Mortgage, NMLS 6666) over 8 years ago

Those are some great pics! Thank you for sharing them!

Posted by John Michailidis, Real Property Management of Sarasota & M (Real Property Management of Sarasota & Manatee) over 8 years ago

It is something to see those clouds and the light.  Nice job.

Posted by Tim Lorenz, 949 874-2247 (TIM LORENZ - Elite Home Sales Team) over 8 years ago

Hello john, We have not seen clouds like those in nearly a year. If you don't need them you could send them our way. No Rain for over eight months. Even Texas is in a "drought". We are into the "Monsoon season" for over three weeks now and still no rain.

Nice shots, I know what you mean about the retirement fund. LOL

I have been contributing to it for years. LOL

Clint McKie

Posted by Clint Mckie, Desert Sun Home, Comm. Inspection 1-575-706-5586 (Desert Sun Home, commercial Inspections) over 8 years ago

John, how wonderful! I try to carry my camera with me at all times for just that very reason!

Posted by Andrea Swiedler, Realtor, Southern Litchfield County CT (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New England Properties) over 8 years ago

Beautiful pictures.  Being at the right place at the right time.  Thanks for sharing.

Posted by Richard Weeks, REALTOR®, Broker over 8 years ago

Doug - I certainly know about the sunsets in California. They are sooo beautiful!

Hi John - You are welcome! A special sunset is a real treat.

Tim - This was so unique. The camera could not capture the exact color, but I'm thankful we were there for the show.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Breathtaking pictures, John. It is so important to acyc (always carry your camera); you never know what you might see and absolutely need to photograph. BTW, we have the same retirement plan here in Florida :)

Posted by Toni Weidman, 20+ Years Selling Homes in New Port Richey, FL (Sailwinds Realty) over 8 years ago

Those clouds looked like a thunderstorm brewing...  did it rain?

Thanks for sharing!

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (406-270-3667,, Broker, Blackstone Realty Group - brokered by eXp Realty) over 8 years ago

John, those are some very interesting formations of clouds with interesting edges!    Good thing you had your camera with you to capture this!

Posted by Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373) over 8 years ago

Clint - I'll FedEx a few your way. I know ts been pretty dry down there!

Andrea - I have also made it a habit to keep a camera in my car. Always hope the batteries are charged ;)

Richard - "Being at the right place at the right time." When it comes right down to it, nothing beats dumb luck.

Hi Toni - Always a good plan to keep your camera handy! Just like the lottery, "You miss 100% of the shots you don't take" ~ Wayne Gretzky

Kathleen - There was bit of a light show and a little noise, but it did not rain. We've had our share already this year.

Hi Joan - Sunsets and clouds are like fingerprints - there are no two alike!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Hi John~ Beautiful shots of clouds at sunset!

Hey, maybe it was a sign that you picked winning numbers on your lotto tickets! Now wouldn't that explain those golden hues?

Best regards,

Posted by Judi Boad (ACCURATE REALTY GROUP) over 8 years ago

Hi Judi - I like your optimistic approach, but as it turned out, it was not a sign. Oh well, the next drawing will be bigger. That's optimism.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Maybe a sign to get in before it rains?  Cool pictures!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Silicon Valley, California)) over 8 years ago

Hey Chris - Thanks for stopping by. I guess in the end, you were probably right - get in before it rains, but we didn't get it. Mother Nature just wanted to share some art before retiring for the night!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Right place at the right time, John!  What a romantic setting for you and Chris!

Posted by Sharon Tara, New Hampshire Home Stager (Sharon Tara Transformations) over 8 years ago

Hi Sharon - The image of these clouds was so striking, I was amazed others driving North on Post Road did not stop and stare. These shots were taken right over Rt 95. There was also a deer grazing peacefully along the side of the road, but those shots did not come out. That was a perfect ending of a perfect day for my Chris and me.

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago

Thanks for sharing your photographs.  Have a great week and a special holiday weekend.

Blooming for you!

Posted by Roy Kelley (Realty Group Referrals) over 8 years ago

Hi Roy - Thanks for stopping by. Hope you and Dolores have a special holiday weekend too!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago


Those are some mighty fine clouds with some silver linings. Hope things are going great in NH for you!

Posted by Patricia Feager, MBA, CRS, GRI,MRP, Selling Homes Changing Lives (DFW FINE PROPERTIES) over 8 years ago

Hi Patricia - I'm sorry to take so long to reply. I somehow missed the notice :-(  Things are going well. Cash offer today from a buyer...I take that back...its all going very well! Hope it is for you too!

Posted by John McCarthy, Realtor - Seacoast NH (Bean Group Portsmouth NH) over 8 years ago