Pewter Sky

Monochrome appearing sky with mackerel clouds.

It’s not uncommon for writers to reach into the cliché bag and pull out a phrase like “leaden sky” when they wish to convey an atmospherically gloomy day’s weather.

But that was not this day. This day had a pewter sky that darkled and gleamed like the surface of a repoussé-adorned drinking vessel. I stopped in my tracks as I was carrying a particularly odious load of garbage to the bin, and risked the escape of a kitty to retrieve a camera and take this photograph. I want to emphasize that this image is NOT in black-and-white, despite its monochrome appearance; it’s a full-color image of a landscape that appeared to have all the color leached from it. Eerie.

It’s another kind of mackerel sky—one appropriate to this stage of winter. The mountains around Asheville give us some pretty spectacular skyscapes.


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2 Responses to Pewter Sky
  1. Suzy
    March 5, 2014 | 5:04 pm

    That photo is just exquisite!

  2. NT
    March 5, 2014 | 8:51 pm

    Thank you, Suzy!

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