Fallen Skys

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© JamesHarmon McQuilkin
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UploadedAugust 23, 2013
TakenAugust 20, 2013
Exposure1/20 sec at f/16
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length34.9 mm
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As the day draws its blinds,

the nocturnal peak through.

The sky has now fallen,

with little to do.

The sun is replaced,

by moon brightly beaming.

The darkness suggests,

that we should be sleeping.

A light is still shining,

on the other side.

The sky still reminds us,

we're not done with this ride.

For now: We ,too, will hide.

JHMCQ C 2013

I have to acknowledge that the cloud looked like a dolphin/whale swimming through the night sky, which presented an interesting dichotomy for me--with the moon.

Perhaps I should have called it 'Swimming Through the Sky'; however, I opted for the more dramatic.

55 responses

  • KassiJo Wyatt

    KassiJo Wyatt gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    Cool shot! (-:

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    Swimmingly beautiful, words exceptional.

  • Larry Owens

    Larry Owens gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    cool shot

  • Sasha Constantine

    Sasha Constantine gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    When i first glanced at this I thought it was a whale swimming. The deep indigo of the sky constrasting with the sunlight on the cloud is visually stunning. I really like this. Great job.

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (23 Aug 2013):


  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    Wow, that's what I call a highlight...Extraordinary!

  • Sonya

    Sonya said (23 Aug 2013):

    yes it is a white whale : ) charming

  • Lynda Ford

    Lynda Ford (Deleted) gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    Beautiful night shot and I love your Poem!

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    A total stunner, James! Thanks for your support & have a fun, creative weekend!!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    At first glance, I too thought it was a dolphin. Nicely done!

  • Meggie Schwendemann

    Meggie Schwendemann gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    wow, so beautiful and atmospheric

  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (24 Aug 2013):

    Nice Work Outstanding Shot !

  • Joelle Crosby

    Joelle Crosby gave props (24 Aug 2013):

    Very beautifully and artistically seen and spoken:)

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (24 Aug 2013):


  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (24 Aug 2013):

    This is very definitely a "photo of the week". Love the poetry and that stunning image.

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (24 Aug 2013):


  • Pedro Teixeira

    Pedro Teixeira gave props (24 Aug 2013):


  • Joe Dunckel

    Joe Dunckel   gave props (24 Aug 2013):

    Very nice!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (24 Aug 2013):

    magical scene!

  • Lori Boggetti

    Lori Boggetti gave props (25 Aug 2013):

    Wow, truely a magical photo,very well captured!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (25 Aug 2013):

    Like a magical dreamscape.. amazing capture and poetry!

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (26 Aug 2013):

    Outstanding image. Have to admit I was taken in and thought it was an Orca swimming through the the water.......Aren't clouds dramatic. Superb composition James.

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (26 Aug 2013):

    Magical lighting and poetry!

  • Dirk Fuhrmann

    Dirk Fuhrmann (Deleted) gave props (27 Aug 2013):

    Very cool, looks like a whale!

  • Jyri Vissak

    Jyri Vissak gave props (28 Aug 2013):

    Cool find! Art is everywhere.

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (28 Aug 2013):

    WOW WOW WOW !!!!!

  • George Leontaras

    George Leontaras gave props (28 Aug 2013):

    Its a marvel !!!!!

  • Satwinder Singh

    Satwinder Singh gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    Beautiful image with an amazing sky and excellent moon in the composition!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    Excellent and beautiful on all levels, James

  • Lew Harford

    Lew Harford gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    A very unique cloud image. Nice work and great control of exposure.

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   said (29 Aug 2013):

    Thank you everyone. I never tire of cloud formations.

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    The sun now obscure but with presence fixed on lunar surface where its light travels mixed in the heat of white years and years hence the short term effect is an electric glow blue that defines yellow night whale dorsal side down drifting in dream way above ground not in the deep, where it's normally found but drifting in air festooned by dark shapes accented by moon wafting so sweetly but vanishing soon

  • Robert Nichols

    Robert Nichols said (29 Aug 2013):

    At first glance I thought it was something swimming - then I saw the moon. Great shot, great timing!!!

  • Marela

    Marela gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    looks almost like a shark or a whale swimming at the bottom of the ocean. pretty!

  • SimpleByDesign

    SimpleByDesign (Deleted) gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    All I can say a Wow! moment!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    I thought Whale too! So beautiful and soft and thought provoking! Wonderful Capture James!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    I thought Whale too! So beautiful and soft and thought provoking! Wonderful Capture James!

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (30 Aug 2013):

    So well seen, and beautifully captured.

  • Bruce Baker

    Bruce Baker   gave props (31 Aug 2013):

    Magnificent shot and a wonderful poem James

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (31 Aug 2013):

    A great capture, it is very beautiful and thought provoking!

  • Claudia Ballestri

    Claudia Ballestri said (3 Sep 2013):

    nice shot

  • Norman Baade C.

    Norman Baade C. said (4 Sep 2013):

    Magnificent shot, fantastic.!

  • Sara Z

    Sara Z gave props (9 Sep 2013):

    Love the shot and the poem!!!!:)

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (9 Sep 2013):


  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (11 Sep 2013):

    Totally awesome! Looks like a space ship!

  • niko niko

    niko niko gave props (14 Sep 2013):


  • kenneth boston

    kenneth boston gave props (15 Sep 2013):

    love this shot.

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery said (19 Sep 2013):

    Wonderful photo ... it's as if the undersea world and the night sky merged!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (1 Feb 2014):

    Panoramarrific entry!

  • Barbara Kurth

    Barbara Kurth said (22 Mar 2014):

    Magical, Mystical, Beautiful. This is a winner ! I LOVE it !!

  • Julie Ann Newell

    Julie Ann Newell said (29 May 2014):

    This is amazing on so many levels. I love that it looks like a whale in the sky. Just gorgeous. Well done.

  • W S

    W S (Deleted) gave props (7 Jul 2014):

    Outstanding, the one cloud really looks like a whale! I know that's not the first time you heard that.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (16 Apr 2016):

    Very beautiful night capture...Great poetry too!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (16 Apr 2016):

    Forgot to mention you got my vote!!!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (17 Apr 2016):


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