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Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight


Red Sky at Night, Sailors Delight
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Copyright: JC Ramos (jramos) Silver Note Writer [C: 0 W: 0 N: 44] (168)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-12-02
Categories: Desert, Sky
Camera: Canon Powershot S30
Exposure: f/4.9, 1/60 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2006-12-05 21:54
Viewed: 4232
Points: 2
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This photo was taken somewhere near Cochiti Pueblo on the dirt road that leads to the Tent Rocks National Monument in north central New Mexico.

Red sky at night,
Sailor's delight;
Red sky at morning,
Sailor's warning.

Practical origins for this English nursery rhyme are based on weather predictions and how a red sky at night would indicate fair weather on the following day. In England the words refer to a shepherd who would say that a red sky in the morning was suggesting inclement weather to follow. In America the words relate to a sailor. It should be remembered that there were no weather forecasts, as such, in days gone by and one had to make one's own weather predictions. Those with the most knowledge and experience, such as Sailors and Shepherds, whose lives were dependant on the weather and were fully conversant with changing weather patterns indicated by a "Red Sky at night".

The original origins of this Nursery Rhyme can be traced to the Bible:
Matthew 16:2-3

2 - He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, It will be fair weather: for the sky is red.
3 - And in the morning, It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Taken from http://www.rhymes.org.uk/red_sky_at_night.htm

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  • Ken52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 636 W: 93 N: 1243] (4195)
  • [2006-12-05 22:13]

Beautiful landscape well photographed and very nice note! I remember a very old movie (maybe early 70s) called Red Sky At Morning. Your composition is excellent!

Beautiful sunset colors and scenery, JC.
That road looks familiar... as many dirt roads have the same feel in NM.
We were in Santa Fe this summer, and we were going to go to Tent Rocks,
but got distracted and ended up in the Bisti Badlands. Talk about scenery!
Thanks for the good memories.
TFS. : )

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