When we arrived in late August, the sky was big and blue. As the season has worn on, it is weighted some days with graphite grey, and rain threatens to loose itself on the anchorages and shorelines. Sometimes the clouds open up and drop a barrage of large droplets -- once with what sounded like hail on our cabintop. But often they hover, low and hulking over the mainland, threatening to come our way but staying just beyond our northwestern island anchorages.
And then evenings bring soft pinks and golds.
The best morning skies we've seen have been in the early dawn hours as the sun starting to show, before the heat presses in. I usually don't have my camera if I'm out on deck at that time of day. And on two of those occasions we were outside chasing down a stolen dinghy -- stealthily cut from our stern in the night and recovered in the peaceful pre-dawn of an almost-perfect anchorage. But that's another story and part of the next post. For now, nothing but sky...
Blue Skies -- a lot of days in September and October looked like this:
|Afternoon on Nosy Be|
|Blue skies and waters|
|Mud flats and sunny skies up Honey River|
|Typical clouds over the mainland, looking west|
|Shades of blue at the Russian Bay pass, looking out from the anchorage|
|Sunshine over Nosy Be and Nosy Komba|
|Beachside resort, west coast of Nosy Be|
Days begin pink and purple:
|Lop To in Honey River, September, just before sunrise|
|Looking west to the entrance of Honey River in the early morning light|
|Lop To, just off Momo's bow - and here comes the sun|
And sunsets look like this:
And just the other day, they clouds gathered again and rolled toward Momo:
|Looking south, out of Crater Bay|
|Looking east, where the weather formed over the mainland|
|And then brought rain!|
|Whiteout at coming our way, but I snapped this just as the drops starting hitting us|
Some mornings we wake to it being so grey the photo looks almost black-and-white:
But many days Momo is anchored against the backdrop of blue skies:
...which is a lot better than watching an approaching waterspout. We saw this form one afternoon in July, back in the Straits of Malacca, heading from Langkawi, Malaysia, to Sumatra. In the span of a few minutes, we watched -- with growing worry -- as this first formed then gained strength and speed, and headed directly our way; then, as quickly as it had formed and a little too close to Momo for comfort (we dropped our light-wind sails and turned on the motor to get away from it -- and instructed our children to head inside and hold on), it dissipated and was gone. Hard to capture on camera but here's what we saw: