Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Big Texas sky...

As the saying goes, "Everything's bigger in Texas."

Well, not really. We just like to think that all the lore surrounding Texas makes us bigger than life.

But there is one thing that's indisputably big, and that's the big Texas sky.

Sometimes it just takes my breath away. Last night I broke a land-speed record running back inside after closing the greenhouse. The sky was lit with flowing ribbons of pink and orange. And I just had to have my camera.

As my Oma would say, "Die Angel backen Kuchen."

That's an old German saying for "the angels are baking cake."
The mid-day sky is no slouch, either. Peering up through the row of majestic Crape Myrtles that line our driveway, the big blue sky looks like someone opened a can of "Vivid Blue" Martha Stewart premium paint and poured it all over the ceiling.
The 'Maggie' roses seem to pop out of the picture when given the big blue sky backdrop for their photo shoot.

We may not have snow this holiday season. We may not even have cold weather (it was 82 at our house yesterday).

But we have a spectacular big blue sky.

I'll take it.


jodi (bloomingwriter) said...

Beautiful, Diana. Cheered me immeasurably, as we're having more galeforce winds and our skies are brooding this day. Happy Christmas, across the miles...

Diana said...

jodi - glad to warm you up. While I sometimes miss a little snow (emphasis on little!), I don't miss wind and rain! Happy holidays to you, as well.

Janet said...

Merry Christmas Diana, your sky picture was well worth the run back into the house!
Every time I am out at night and the stars are bright and you can see forever, the song pops into my head---
The Stars at Night
Are Big and Bright
Deep in the Heart of Texas

Merry Christmas!

Diana said...

Janet - A very Merry Christmas to you, too. You are certainly having a cooler holiday than we are. It's about 60 right now, but we are due for a freeze tomorrow night. Makes it feel a little more like Christmas to me. Happy Holidays to you and yours.

Cindy, MCOK said...

That first shot is just spectacular ... takes my breath away!

Re the post before this, summer is hanging on in my garden too but tonight may do it in! 29 is the forecast low so I know y'all will be even colder! Let's hope our most beloved tender plants take it well.

Merry Christmas to you and yours, Diana!

Diana said...

Happy Holidays Cindy- we're supposed to hit 34 or lower tonight. I expect it to freeze. I've done all I'm going to do to protect the few tender things left. They are on their own now, but it's just a handful of plants. I'm actually ready for winter! And it rained 1/2 inch yesterday - Boy we needed it. Merry Christmas & Happy New Year to you and yours in Katy.

Layanee said...

I haven't seen a blue sky like that in many a day. Beautiful. Merry Christmas Diana. I know your home was full of love and laughter.

Diana said...

Layanee - I'm sure you had a wonderful white Christmas. I'm sure it was a joy with little ones around. Happiest of New Years to you!

Gail said...

It's a big magnificent sky Diana! I hope the holidays were wonderful for you and your family! Happy New year, gail