This is one of reasons I get up early to walk the boys, the first light in the morning is fantastic. It can be well below freezing with the wind biting into your face but with the sun just coming up over the horizon and kissing the tops of the trees makes it very magical and compensates for any weather.

Skies with interesting cloud patterns are my favorite, pure blue skies are nice but usually have very little photographic value if the foregrounds have no interest. The drama of storm clouds racing across, the pink tinged puffs like floating cotton candy, the striped Altocumulus clouds (Mackerel or Buttermilk Sky) all make for great photos.

The Mackerel Sky I saw was today so we can be expecting some light rain soon.