Sunday, May 2, 2010

Catching the Blues

I was just over visiting Between Naps on the Porch reading a fascinating post about the "Blue Hour," when I remembered some pictures I took on our trip to Chicago in March.

LBeau and I had just finished dinner and were walking along the river behind our hotel, when I noticed that the sky had a certain magical glow to it.  It wasn't daylight, but it wasn't quite dark either, and somehow I knew I needed to take a picture.  Unfortunately, I had left my camera in the room.  Afraid I would completely miss the show, I quickly snapped a couple of pictures with my iPhone.

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Although the resolution isn't the sharpest, you can see the sky taking on a beautiful shade of blue.

Hoping to still capture the magic, I hurried back to the room for my camera.  I'm afraid I missed the high point of the "Blue Hour," but I think this shot still gives you an idea of what it's all about.

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Pic_for_Body_of_Blog3 To read more about the "Blue Hour," head on over to Between Naps on the Porch, where Susan is hosting Metamorphosis Monday.  And to find out when the "Blue Hour" is in your neck of the woods, just click HERE to visit the "Blue Hour" website.

After posting this last night, I started remembering some other "Blue Hour" photos that I accidently captured.  These are from our trip to London last November.

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download Now that I know what to look for, perhaps there will be more of these beautiful skies in my future.  And with all of this blue going on, how could I not link up with Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.


Susan (Between Naps On The said...

Beautiful pics! I love the different shots showing how the sky gets deeper and deeper blue.
:-) Your phone did a good job with those first two pics! :-)

nanny said...

I love, love these shots!
I walked across Tower Bridge at sunset and the view was one of my favorite of all times....
The shot of Parliament is wonderful!!!

Debbie-Dabble Blog and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Stunning pics! I enjoyed the tour!

Anonymous said...

I read up on the "Blue Hour" too.... missed it last night, slept in this morning. Great job catching the progression. Happy Blue Monday!


Joyce said...

I think you could probably have guessed that I would love your pictures : )

SmilingSally said...

Oh Kathy, these pictures are so beautiful; the blue is just perfect. Happy Blue Monday.

Lara Harris said...

Beautiful photos! Thanks for sharing!

Joyful said...

Those are all lovely shots of a blue sky indeed.

susan said...

I can't believe you took the first ones with a phone! That tower bridge picture deserves to be framed! Gorgeous!

susan said...

ps-I love the story about your mom and the computer. She is an inspiration!!!

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Kathy, I've been trying to capture the blue hour too. I had never heard of it until Susan posted about it. I'm afraid I don't have the scenery you have in your "blue hour" photos though. Those are spectacular - and amazing that you "caught" the blue hour without knowing you were doing it. laurie