It's almost been two weeks since I've been home - and I've alternated between feeling disoriented (where are the tall buildings? why are there so many empty parking spaces?) and feeling elated to be back. This morning was one of elation - a slightly cooler morning, a morning when there was a quick rain shower while the sun was shining - a morning of absolutely spectacular clouds.
So I was lucky to be heading out to get the air pressure checked in my car - and I'm glad I pulled over in my neighborhood down by the water to snap this photo with my Blackberry camera. As I was standing there I was thinking about how much I missed the sky while I was in DC - the sky was there (of course!), but in DC you are often surrounded by tall buildings and you only get a limited view. It reminded me of when I moved from Charlottesville, Virginia to East Lansing, Michigan for graduate school - and how the huge sky overwhelmed me at first, and I remember talking to Michiganders who said that when they visit the mountains, they feel claustrophobic. Perhaps that is how I felt in DC. I was - and still am - in awe of the city. But I missed the big sky - and this morning I remembered why.