GALLERY: 20 Breathtaking Skies

By Riley Corboy

 

Funnily enough, these pictures were not the original concept for this article. But when I realized how many breathtaking sky pictures were already stashed in my library and wrapped in memories, I knew I couldn’t let them go to waste. So for your viewing pleasure, here are twenty of my favorite, most stunning sky pictures and one sentence each about the memories attached to them.

 

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Milky tired, staring with unfocused eyes out the car window, unsure which state you’re in now.

 

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Salty fries, saltier ocean air, and sunburn crisping the tops of your shoulders.

 

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Dark circles like thumbprints under your eyes, arriving at school just as the sun is rising–one glimpse of beauty before the door shuts behind you.

 

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The first view of the ocean after seven hours cramped behind a steering wheel and a half mile walk under the blistering June sun.

 

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Cool, crumbly sand between your toes and watching families fly kites as the moon rises in the distance.

 

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Suburbia set on fire.

 

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Hands shaky from your fear of flying and lack of sleep, pretending the clouds are lily pads you could skip across.

 

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The best part about starting a cross-country road trip at 4:00 am is seeing the sun rise in more than one state.

 

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Happiness that tastes like sugar crystals between your teeth.

 

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A surprisingly warm evening with the feeling of almost-rain heavy in the air, like electricity tickling the back of your neck.

 

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Tiny mushroom clouds hugging the sky like polka dots while your best friend hums The Beatles beside you in the car.

 

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The aftermath of a storm that knocked out the power for two and a half days, your whole family with their noses pressed against the glass.
13-spreadA wintry walk with someone you used to love, warm hands that feel like a memory even before they are.

 

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Pretending to be mermaids at 19 and letting the tide carry you and your best friend far from shore.

 

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One hour before the worst heartbreak of your life (and one hour before falling asleep on the bathroom floor, still crying in your dreams).

 

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Racing your brother up sand dunes, lungs aching, hair stinging your face, with dinner reservations you’re fifteen minutes late for.

 

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A breath of fresh air.

 

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Swapping strawberry Twizzlers with your sister, snapping your pink bubblegum, electric with anticipation right before the fireworks start.

 

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The fraction of space between your dorm and dining hall, two ordinary places laced together by an extraordinary burst of beauty.

 

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The smell of s’mores from your fire pit, burned marshmallow and half-melted chocolate on the side of your elbow, feeling lighter than you have in months.

 

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All images courtesy of Riley Corboy

 

 

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