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Watching Clouds Go By

Zion & Kolob Canyons 079I like science.  Really.  Perhaps even more than the average Joe or Jane.  But scientific language—although factual and correct—is just so technical.  Take CLOUDS, for example.  According to NationalGeographic.com, clouds are formed “when humid air cools enough for water vapor to condense into droplets or ice crystals.  The altitude at which this happens depends on the humidity and the rate of which temperature drops with elevation.”  The clouds themselves are categorized by the height of their base from the ground.  The categories include cirrus, stratus, and cumulous. Another Day with R & R 074

Now, don’t you agree that such a technical definition is incomplete, boring, dry (pardon the pun)?  How clouds are formed and of what they are made shares nothing about their wonder, beauty, complexity, even their drama.  When they appear on the horizon, they provide not only shade and potential rainfall, but change, excitement, detail.  They add depth to the scene and help spark the imagination.  These fanciful qualities of clouds are what makes them so special. clouds  22

Canyonlands Needles & I 70 045For me, clouds are most impressive when I am on the road, and the clouds take over the horizon. MO & KS drive to Dodge City 077

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Zion National Park, Utah

Zion National Park, Utah

Wonderful vistas themselves are just better with clouds!

Monument Valley, Arizona

Monument Valley, Arizona

Arizona Desert

Arizona Desert

Canyonlands National Park, Needles, Utah

Canyonlands National Park, Needles, Utah

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur Coastline, California

Bixby Bridge, Big Sur Coastline, California

Pikes Peak, Colorado

Pikes Peak, Colorado

Mono Lake, California

Mono Lake, California

This post is my entry for Sunday Stills The Next Challenge: Clouds–visit the site to see all the other entries.  I shared my love of clouds in an earlier post as well:  “I Love Clouds.”

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“A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed. . . It feels an impulsion. . .this is the place to go now. But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond the horizons.’  Richard Bach

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious.  And why shouldn’t it be.  It is the same the angels breathe.”  Mark Twain

“We all live under the same sky, but we don’t all have the same horizon.”  Konrad Adenauer

“A cloudless plain blue sky is like a flowerless garden.”  Terri Guillemets

“Now, if God made the clouds so beautiful, did He not mean us to gaze upon them and be thankful for them?”  Alfred Rowland

“Why do I love clouds?  Because you can’t save a cloud like you can save a leaf or a flower or a rock—clouds are now.”  Terri Guillemets

“In the afternoon I watch the clouds drift past the bald peak of Mount Tukihnikivats. (Someone has to do it.)”  Edward Abbey

“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes in the grass under the trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”  John Lubbock

Comments on: "Watching Clouds Go By" (12)

  1. I want to be all these places right now, but I’m glad to see them through your lens!

    • Thanks for stopping by. These are great places to visit. The clouds around home are often just as wondrous, but I do not always have my camera with me or the time to stop and snap a few.

  2. That blue sky gives the clouds a wonderful background.

  3. Just gorgeous and great variety of beautiful places!

    • The clouds can make any place that much more lovely. I tend to travel in the Southwest, but I am sure the clouds are wondrous all over!

  4. Lovely post, Patti. Thanks for sharing your magnificent photographs of clouds. We all should take more time to look at the sky and enjoy the beauty of those fabulous white puffs above us.

    • Thanks, Cheryl. I agree that it is wise to stop and smell the rose, watch the clouds, listen to the birds–all those little things that pull us out of our hectic lives.

  5. I’m with you 100% on clouds Patti. Nothing more boring than an empty sky, even if it’s bright blue. Throw in a few cottony clouds tho and voila! A painting in the making. Lovely post with lovely photos. Nicely done.

  6. […] have shared cloud images in the past here and […]

  7. […] I have shared posts about my love of clouds before. […]

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