Tag Archives: sky scenes

Happy Birthday!

Happy, Happy, Happy Third Birthday, my dear Boyjoy Grandie!!!

I like how the sky is reflected in the water in the photo above.

Skywatch Friday

Shabbat Shalom!

June 22, 2012 – 2 Tamuz, 5772



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Skies, Unleavened Pound Cake, Shabbat

I enjoy looking up, especially through trees, when walking in a nature or natural setting. I like it when one can see jet trails within tree branches, such as in this capture.

I like the view-through effect, looking between or through trees in order to see the sky.

I liked the way the sky was reflected in the water.

It is time for Skywatch Friday! Visit here, for more sky scenes from around the world.

Tonight I will light my Shabbat candles, and will reflect on the Passover/Pesach, which will be upon us sooner than we might realize. Friday, April 6, 2012 is Passover eve. That is one week away, and coincidentally, it falls on Shabbat.

I have begun the ritual house cleaning, the storing, moving, lending and disposing of items, both food and otherwise. I still have to bake and prepare a few things, and will get to it immediately, in order to finish cleaning house.

I will be making my traditional unleavened pound cake. I serve it with small glass bowls of apricot preserves, orange marmalade, and strawberry preserves placed around the pound cake on a large platter. The recipe and a photo of a finished pound cake is below:

Unleavened Pound Cake

1 cup butter
1 cup sugar (I use sugar substitute)
4 eggs (I use egg substitute for cholesterol purposes)
1 1/2 tsp.vanilla + a dribble more
1/4 tsp.nutmeg
2 c. flour (for Passover I used 5 /8 cup of potato starch for each cup of flour mentioned in unleavened recipe)
1/4 tsp. salt

Cream butter, gradually adding sugar until light and fluffy. Add vanilla. Add eggs, one at a time. Sift together flour, salt and nutmeg.

Gradually add dry ingredients to egg mixture and beat until thoroughly blended. Turn batter into greased loaf pan or bundt cake pan. Bake at 325° for 1 hour. Cool cake in pan. Check after 50 minutes to make sure it doesn’t overcook, as ovens vary. Makes one loaf or bundt cake.

Don’t be alarmed that it won’t turn out to be as high as normal, remember, it is an unleavened pound cake.

Please take a moment to look up to the skies, and reflect on events that have transpired where you live, in your personal life, in the world, and within your family. Be well, stay safe.

Shabbat Shalom!

March 30, 2012 – 7 Nisan, 5772

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Skies and Shabbat – March 16, 2012

When you find yourself looking for guidance or religious comfort, do you reach out for answers or suggestions, or look up at the sky and pray, or do you seek the answers elsewhere?

I find the sky to be a great source of comfort and reflection, and am often awed by its beauty, from the tones and contrasts, to the weather conditions, the sky never looks the same from one day to the next, especially if you are standing in the same spot, looking upwards.

Try it, you might be surprised and find comfort or a sense of serenity.

Shabbat Shalom!

It is Skywatch Friday, today. Visit here for more sky scenes.


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Sky at Lake, Rosh Chodesh, Shabbat

The above photograph was taken on February 22, 2012.

It is Skywatch Friday, once again. Visit the meme to see more photographs from around the world.

Visit Leora to read about Shabbat Favorites with Watercolor. Her watercolor is absolutely beautiful. I can see it hanging in my dining room.The post is very inspiring.

Visit Zivah for a thought-provoking post.

Visit Window on the Wall for a live view of the wall/Kotel.

Visit Women of the Wall for inspiring posts.

Let us not forget that today is Rosh Chodesh. Please contemplate the meaning and the inspiration of the day.

Shabbat Shalom!

February 24, 2012 – 1 Adar, 5772


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Strange Cloud

It is Skywatch Friday! Visit here to see more sky photographs from around the planet.

The cloud in the photograph above somewhat sent chills through me when I saw it. It is quite an unusual and strange shape, reminding me of an arm or a claw swooping down. Okay, so I have an active imagination.

Other blogs:

Leora/Here in HP, captured some wonderful cardinal photos. Being the bird-lover that I am, I have to share her link.

Visit Zivah Writes, to read her excellent post regarding Beshalach: Water, water everywhere.

Read Robin’s post regarding a “scavenger hunt through the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem’s Old City“.

Visit EG WOW to see some amazing photography, in all genres.

Ebie has some wonderful photographs, ranging from the desert to the city, and points in between.

The Jewish Book Council has some wonderful book reviews for your perusal.

Shabbat Shalom!

February 10, 2012 – 17 Sh’vat, 5772

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Skies of Remembrance

Today is SkyWatch Friday.

My photographs were taken at a local park this morning.  They don’t depict Jewish life, per se, but were taken with International Holocaust Remembrance Day in mind.  I wanted to capture some clear skies, never posted before, to honor those who were Holocaust victims (including all those who were murdered and all those who survived).  I wanted to capture the barren trees within the lake environment and skies above to depict life in its varied forms and realms.

International Holocaust Remembrance Day is tomorrow, January 27, 2012.

Crisp and Clear at the Lake

Land, Lake Skies

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To Life



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