Friday, June 13, 2008

SKYWATCH FRIDAY - RAMSEY HARBOUR SUNSET


I haven't had a sunset or a sunrise for skywatch for a while but wanted to use this image, this week and today seemed most appropriate. It's from my friends flat again Paliament Street, looking onto the harbour industry bulidings. The colours reminded me of an old saying and I wondered does anyone out there, remember this or have a different version?

"Read sky at night, shepherd's delight. Red sky in morning shepherds's warning."

Gary has just told me that he remembers it but he said "sailor" instead of "shepherd." He's from Fleetwood, a costal town in the North Of England and I'm from Birmingham, the second city in the UK. It explains why Gary would substitute the word sailor, but not why I would use the word shepherd, although many moons ago before the industrial revolution Birmingham was quite rural. Either way it's a prediction using the sky's palette of the upcoming weather.

So, do you recall this saying, or have you got a different one ?

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84 comments:

Abraham Lincoln said...

I always heard sailor instead of shepherd. I guess it depends on where you live. We don't live anywhere close to an ocean.

I do like you red sky tonight though. It makes a perfect SWF photo.

Carletta said...

I pink lipstick sky! Gosh it's lovely!
I always heard sailor from my Dad and Grandpa.

Louis la Vache said...

"Louis" also knows it as 'sailor' rather than 'shepherd''; odd given that he first heard it in the flat, hot, dusty, dry Texas Panhandle where he grew up, hundreds of miles from any ocean!

"Louis", an early riser, caught San Francisco waking up.

Luiz Ramos said...

Beautiful colors.

Jeanne said...

Amazing color! I always heard it sailor, but then we don't have any shepherds in these parts. Guess you can make it whatever works for where you are.

Michele (Rocky Mtn.Girl) said...

This is fantastic. I do remember this little jingle from days gone by and still believe in it today!
Mountain Retreat

Lake Lady said...

I've always heard "sailor" and have never heard "shepherd" so I find that fascinating! My paternal grandfather was a boat builder...I'm sure that's why we grew up hearing: "Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky at morning, sailor take warning." Beautiful sunset, either way!

mannanan said...

I've always said shepherd and seeing I'm a Brummie born and bred we may have had the same teacher. Cracking pic again. Thanks.

George Townboy said...

This is gorgeous! I learned the saying with 'sailor' instead of shepherd.

jacqui said...

Saliors delightful babycakes. In Fife, it's sailors. Surreal, reminds me of Dundee.

Ciao!

Jacqui

Neva said...

Like the others, I always heard it as sailor....but your photo is beautiful regardless of shepherd or sailor!

The Road Less Photographed said...

I always heard sailor...either way, that is a great photograph to go with the saying.

fishing guy said...

Babooshka: I always heard and used it as a sailor or boater. A very colorful Red Sky.

Steven and Aisha said...

I've never seen anything like it! Very beautiful!

Dan said...

Spectacular pic today! Nicely done.

SandyCarlson said...

What color! I was so taken by the sky I didn't notice the silhouetted buildings below. I love when that happens!

We always went with sailor's delight. Dad loved to boat. As kids who wanted a break from the water, we'd hope for any color but red a lot of the time!

Timothy said...

Gorgeous!

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Stunning color in that photo! I've always heard "sailor," but I also learned at an early age:
"Evening gray and morning red,
Keep the traveler in his bed.
Evening red and morning gray,
Send the traveler on his way."

Your EG Tour Guide said...

That's a cherry red sky! What kind of day followed it?

I've heard the expression with the word "sailor" but I grew up on the ocean.

Ann said...

I know it as shepherd. Stunning colour.

Blognote said...

Stunning, Babooshka!

Kay said...

Incredible color! I've never seen a sky like this one. Congratulations on a fabulous sky capture.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh mY gosh this is one of the most beautiful colors i have seen so far in SKY WATCH

Blue said...

An amazing sky.

I'm with the shepherd brigage - never ever heard the sailor version till now.

Chuck Pefley said...

I'm in the sailor camp as well. Lovely dusky rose sky!

Alex Mazilu said...

perfect sunset...

Sally said...

Beautiful picture.
I know the saying as 'Shepherd' and I'm from St. Ives in Cornwall originally.

Ida said...

LOVELY! :)

RuneE said...

Drat the warning - the colours (and the silhouette) were fine!

mrsnesbitt said...

Shepherd here, we are a rural area so I guess this is the case. We didn't get to see Ramsey Harbour this time....something to see next year I guess.
Wonderful sunset.

Marie said...

Beautiful photo!
In Norway we say; evening red morning sweet, morning red evening wet.

evlahos said...

!!!! fire in the sky !!!!!
amazing

Snap Catch said...

woo! cool catch for Sky Watch Friday! earth and sky are excellent schoolmasters, and teach some of us more than we can ever learn from books. Mine’s up too hope you can drop by but if you already visited then thanks.

Anonymous said...

I remember hearing about both shepards and sailors in Australia :) Red sky sure is a DELIGHT for Skywatch Friday!!!

laxeylass said...

Sailors beware! I can see you have hit the Manx brick wall. It is sad but come overs can be treated this way. This ex Manx lass has emailed the courier about your blog and work. I hope it helps. I use the blog to keep in touch with my motherland. I have bought some of your photos too and they proudly sit in my office space at work. Keep going. It's a super blog and your photographs are the best of the Isle of Man period.

Olivier said...

superbe, cette lumiere fait penser aux enfers. bravo

beautiful, this light is reminiscent of hell. Bravo

P&d said...

Very pretty dusky pink sky.

Aileni said...

WOW !
Dramatic.
I have known the saying all my life but initially as bucolic rather than maritime.

Old Wom Tigley said...

Bong!
Only meee!
I also say Shepherd... have a look at the links and check out Salty's post... he mentions this as well.

Hope your getting over the TT Blues..

Thank you for joining in with Sky Watch this week and helping to make it special.

Tom :O)

Deslilas said...

Absolutely fabulous !

raf said...

Two words, Baboosh. First is...Smashing! Your photo is incredible! I have only seen a few blogs so far, but how can you top that sunset, those colors?
The other word is sailor. Has to be from someone who calls a place to cook a galley and a floor a deck. I have heard shepherd used now and then.

imac said...

Now that is one RED sky, its fantastic.
Yup, I remember the saying with the shepherds delight too, I think both shepherds and sailors would be delighted with your sky.

I did a few posts on Birmingham quite a while ago, bringing its Arty side out.

Judith said...

Hi - here from Mannanan's Cloak. Great photo and website, I shall visit daily!
I always said the rhyme with shepherd, never heard it with sailor.

Suzanne said...

Lovely warm colours. What a wonderful photo. Happy SWF.

Suzanne said...

Lovely warm colours. What a wonderful photo. Happy SWF.

pts said...

beautiful colours!

Sandpiper said...

I love the deep raspberry color of the sky. Very beautiful.

alicesg said...

Very lovely photo for SWF. The colour of the sky looked so beautiful.

MEDITERRANEAN KIWI said...

i've always heard sailor, not shepherd, like abe. brilliant capture

Kelly said...

I too learned it with sailor!
This is the most amazing sky! The colors are intense!

Small City Scenes said...

I had always heard it with sailor but one could put anything in there. It just means the weather is going to change, for the good or bad. Thanks for visiting my blog. MB

bobbie said...

I always heard "sailor". In any case, that blood red sunset is fantastic.

Mental P Mama said...

I always say sailor as well! Any way you look at it, it's a spectacular sky!

Daryl said...

Now THAT'S a sky! I could sit and look at this all day ...
really


:-Daryl

Tonjia said...

I have always heard that saying with the word "sailor" in place of shepherd. But both would work I think.

This is a gorgeous picture, it almost looks as if there is a fire off somewhere in the distance.

John said...

Another amazing shot!
Spectacular sky colors, too!
Great capture.

mirage2g said...

Somebody threw blood in the sky! =D Great colours! I never get to see that much here lol.

Dick said...

Wonderful, amazing, great sky watch.

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

WOW!

Red Sky at Night .... Sailors Delight
Red Sky in the Morning....Sailors take warning.

Dragonstar said...

We used both versions - a sheep farming, coastal area! Mostly we used "Sailors".
This is a beautiful sky!

Cavite Daily Photos said...

Gosh babooshka! Even if I haven't heard of that saying, your photo left my mouth opened! it is a very stunning photo! I really like it! i haven't seen the sky so pink yet! Love it!

and Thank you sooo much for voting at my blog! i really appreciate it! TRULY! Have a happy weekend ad thanks for dropping those great comments! Hpe to see you soon again^^

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Steven

esnorway said...

nice and good pic

Petunia said...

Amazzing colours on that shot. Very nice!

petunia's SWF

Mia said...

Very pretty. I like your blog it has many pretty photographs.

Carole said...

I've heard the sailor version too. This picture is fabulous!

Bergson said...

a beautiful fire in the sky

Jackie said...

stunning photo! I remember it as shepherds too - I still say it every time I see a red sky in the morning or evening, to remind myself of the likely weather!

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi! This is a stunning photo. We always use sailor. 'Red sky at night, sailor's delight. Red sky in the morning, sailor's heed warning'

marley said...

I know it as shepherds, I've never heard it said of sailors.

I love this photo, the sky is stunning.

Someone told me, and I'm not sure how true it is, that colours like this are enhanced by pollution. You said this sky is over an industrial site and where I work, by the side of the M5 motorway, we often have skies as gorgeous as this one. Of course that theory could be a load of old balls!

Enjoy your weekend :)

TSannie said...

I also know it as sailor, not shepherd. Guess it depends if you live on the water or inland.

Wait! I grew up in Missouri - far far away from the sea or ocean and still knew it with sailor.

Your photo is beautiful. A perfect SWF.

lynn said...

Really gorgeous colours. Candy floss pink.

napaboaniya said...

Stunning red sky :)

Knoxville Girl said...

Red sky on blog, visitors delighted.
I'm in the sailor camp, but then my dad was in the Navy.

chrome3d said...

My long gone grandparents thought that evening sky like that meant war soon. The war never came, so their prediction wasn´t very accurate.

Kerri said...

I always heard shepherd, never sailor...until I married my hubby whose Dad was a Captain in the Navy.

A Fabulous Skywatch shot!!!!

lv2scpbk said...

Beautiful red sky.

Willard said...

A stunning image for sure with wonderful colors. Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Jim said...

I'm looking at your photo on a pair of color calibrated monitors and the color of that red sky is captivating. I don't think I've ever seen one quite like it, but I sure would like to photograph one.

Very nice sunset image! Yes, I remember "sailor" as well. Indeed, I often repeat that saying every sunrise/sunset I see.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

Wow! Fantastic color and a wonderful shot!:)

~TAMY 3 Sides of Crazy~ said...

Absolutely gorgeous!

Suzi-k said...

thanks for the visit, late post, late visit, it's all good! The colour on this is just amazing, ours are usually pastel pink or bright orange.

cyberchick said...

An out of the world sky. Dr who would not be out of place here.

Dewdrop said...

Matthew 16
The Demand for a Sign
"When evening comes, you say, 'It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,' and in the morning, 'Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.' You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. A wicked and adulterous generation looks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah." Jesus then left them and went away.


Beautiful colors in that sky.

Marcos Santos said...

simply wonderful!

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