Thanks for the warm welcome and the comments. Just browsing here, this seems like a great place to hone my skills, get some opinions and some tips on how I can make my images better. Glad I stumbled here.
For me the sky was fortunate. It's a garden near where I used to live. It's in the middle of a very hilly, forested park. If not for the fog with the sun just breaking through enough to brighten it the background would have been all evergreen trees on the hill behind it. It's a bit hotter then I would have liked but I also like the softness. I have a few more from that day I'll post up later.