Friday, November 14, 2008

Zoom In

The Sky Trail Of A Genuine High Flier

Photographs copyright: DAVID McMAHON


Most days I’m up bright and early and on Monday morning, as I always do, I shot a couple of glances out the window to see if there was any chance of great dawn colour in the sky. Naaaah, I told myself as I turned my attention to other tasks.

About ten minutes later I went into the kitchen for something and noticed this pink slash across the sky. It was obviously not a cloud and because it was a relatively still morning I realised it was a contrail (or condensation trail) left by a high-flying jet.

The aircraft had obviously flown over after my first glimpse through the window, or else I would have seen the contrail before. But in the soft light of those magical minutes before true dawn, the contrail itself, now broadening from its original gossamer-like state, was the only thing above the horizon to reflect the light of the sun that was about to rise.

About twenty minutes later, the orientation of the contrail had shifted further east, but I couldn’t resist taking this last shot, despite the change in colour.


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42 comments:

fishing guy said...

David: I like the pink in the contrail in the clear blue sky. the dipersion in the second shot is also special. Neat SWF.

Hilary said...

Beautiful!

I find sunlit contrails impossible to resist too. I live near-ish to the airport and so I see them quite often. I once got a shot of (one or two?) only seen as it dissipated. It was a criss-cross type pattern. I have no idea how or why - any explanations? (my April 28 '08 post if you're interested to see it)

Moannie said...

When I see these contrails on a blue still sky, and when there are more than one, and they cross and cross again, I am always reminded of the searchlights I saw as a child, fixing the enemy in the cross hairs, as it were.

word verification is :saggo, I resent that.

cheshire wife said...

Wonderful! I must miss so much by not being an early riser.

Fat, frumpy and fifty... said...

a pinkish trail remind me of haleys comet!!

Louise said...

A feathery gem in the sky, turning an ordinary sunrise into extraordinary.

Celebration of Life said...

We don't get those jet trails when the wind is blowing as hard as it is today. When you get a chance, come visit today's post at my place. :o)

ReluctantFarmChik said...

Cool shot - especially when the contrails (I grew up calling them vapor trails?!) catch the light and turn pink. Very nice. Thanks for your "blog of the week" runner up endorsement last week - you make me blush.

Picturing of Life said...

love ur shots

My SWF post this week : in HERE or HERE. I hope you have time to visit. Thanks

shaker said...

The first one is perfect !

Leslie: said...

I love this sort of shot, but unfortunately, won't see many around here for a while - the skies tend to be pretty grey this time of year. But do check out my latest SWF photo on my Photologue blog as I think I did a pretty good job on this one. Your honest appraisal would be appreciated. :)

Leedra said...

Love the way it turned pink. Pink is always good in the sky.

Carver said...

Those are lovely David. I really like the pink one because I'm not used to seeing that.

bowledover said...

Hi David. Lovely pictures of the con trail. Thanks for sharing.
We could watch the skies 24/7 and see so many images that we would like to picture.
As you say, they appear when you are caught up in something.
Have a good week.

Daryl said...

nice .. tomorrow, you need to see my sky ... it will lift your spirit(s)

:-Daryl

imac said...

Davids on the trail again I see.

Leora said...

Quite a capture, all that pink streaking in the sky!

Photo Cache said...

the early riser always catches the best shots, :D

Maggie May said...

Quite spectacular, especially the pink!

imbeingheldhostage said...

how do you ever get where you're going? You always manage to catch these great shots-- surely you had to be somewhere getting up before everyone but one pilot.

Kahshe Cottager said...

Love these trails in the sky and wondering where they are all going. I posted one as well this week! Have a great weekend!

My Sky Watch Photos are posted Here and Here

CrazyCath said...

It looks like a pink streamer!

Sharon said...

Beautiful shots :)

Sandi McBride said...

Something we did as kids was to lay on our Grandmother's front lawn and watch the sky. We mainly watched for "jet tails" as we called them. We made up stories about the plane and the people aboard it, where they had left from, where they were headed to, what kind of lives they must live to be able to afford to ride in that super expensive jet plane. We weren't allowed inside on a nice day, no TV was allowed till 7 pm and we only got to watch for an hour. There were no video games or movie theater nearby...we had to entertain ourselves. It was a book or our brains that did that. I wouldn't trade my childhood for any child's, today. Thanks so much for showing me the "jet tails"...I wonder where the plane was headed...where did it leave from...who was on it? David, memories are made of this.
Sandi

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Wonderful capture and lucky you looked!

Bradley Myers said...

A good capture to get the contrail with the great color.

Sylvia K said...

What a marvelous shot! and man made, how about that! Thanks!

Rocky Mtn. Girl said...

The color is quite unique in that first contrail... usually will see those first thing in the AM when I don't have my camera! =D
Nice photos!
~Michele~
Mountain Retreat- Canada

Mary said...

I don't think I've ever seen a pink contrail before -- cool! Happy SWF. :)

Pearl Maple said...

What a cool photo, lucky you to see this happening. Thanks for sharing with Sky Watch Friday.

FickleMinded said...

we always have plenty of those around here and my son love to look at it!
FM-SWF#2-Point Edward

Grammy said...

Great photo's & amazing colors. I love the trail.

Gaelyn said...

That first shot looks like a giant drill bit. The second contrail apprears to skip just over the roof. Great captures.

dot said...

Love your pictures...perfect as always! We get a lot of contrails here too. They make for some interesting pictures.

Lakshmi said...

I love watching these trails..Its a childhood fascination

Rob (Inukshuk Adventure) said...

What a wonderful bit of luck to go back again and capture that great shot.

Lew said...

Nice apture for sky watch! The contrails do make nice photos at sunrise or sunset whenthe lit from low angles.

Rhoen said...

awesome entries, david! happy skywatching!

Mine's HERE! Thank you for your comments!

vincibene said...

Fantastic pictures, especially the first!

babooshka said...

The pink contrail is surreal. Never witnessed taht one and the second of course it's the silhouettes for me.

Strawberry Jam Anne said...

David - those are amazing shots - so worthwhile getting up in the early morning!

The shots are similar to mine but did you see the ducks at the top of my second picture. I should have mentioned it on the post.

A

Baino said...

Love the top shot. I see these all the time being in the flight path from Kingsford Smith but never that lovely pink against the sky!