Red Sails

Sailor's delight

Red sky at night, Sailor’s delight, Red sky at morning, Sailor’s warning. Practical origins for this English nursery rhyme are based on weather predictions and how a red sky at night would indicate fair weather on the following day. In England the words refer to a shepherd who would say that a red sky in the morning was suggesting inclement weather to follow. In America the words relate to a sailor. It should be remembered that there were no weather forecasts, as such, in days gone by and one had to make one’s own weather predictions. Those with the most knowledge and experience, such as Sailors and Shepherds, whose lives were dependant on the weather and were fully conversant with changing weather patterns indicated by a “Red Sky at night”.

After some research (Wikipedia) I was able to locate at least one original origin of this Nursery Rhyme it can be traced to the Bible: Matthew 16:2-3
2 – He answered and said unto them; When it is evening, ye say; It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.
3 – And in the morning; It will be foul weather to day: for the sky is red and lowering. O ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky; but can ye not discern the signs of the times?

Red sails in the sunset, how we often find our day ending with nature’s reminders of how her palette can change day-by-day, night-by-night, and season-by-season. I have often thought that I could take that perfect shot, if I was patient enough yet every sunset is perfect and different like snowflakes on a wintry day. Up north these vistas are spectacular, what a wonderful way to sign off an evening to end the day, to punctuate the experience that nature can surprise us with. Reflections of another day, these days in northern Ontario have provided much joy for me I sit and wait in awe for her spectacular curtain call at the end of her moving performance.


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