I love vacations where I drive the open roads. Being under a gorgeous solid blue sky is always remarkable, the epitome of a good sunny day. As Vincent Van Gogh says, “I never get tired of the blue sky.” Of course, not every day is greeted by a wide open blue sky.
Clouds come and go, adding depth and variety to the sky above. It is the wonder of the ever-changing sky that makes a country drive so inspiring. There is also the paradox of a cloudy sky. On the one hand, the clouds suggest mystery, change, complexity, wonder. There is a spiritual element to watching a cloudy sky transform itself throughout the day. Then, on the other hand, the clouds represent science, serving as a living example to air currents and water cycles. There is an awareness of how life works if we study how clouds move and change over time.
One of the best things about my most recent Nature Trek was being on the road every day for three weeks. Each day’s drive was enhanced by watching the wonderful sky as it transformed itself throughout the day. There is nothing so wondrous as a cloudy sky!
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“The sky is an infinite movie to me. I never get tired of looking at what’s happening up there.” K. D. Lang
“I always believe that the sky is the beginning of the limit.” M C Hammer
“We think too small, like the frog at the bottom of the well. He thinks the sky is only as big as the top of the well. If he surfaced, he would have an entirely different view.” Mao Zedong
“Every day we are engaged in a miracle which we don’t even recognize: a blue sky, white clouds, green leaves, the black curious eyes of a child—our own two eyes. All is a miracle.” Thich Nhat Hanh
“Go forth under the open sky, and listen to Nature’s teachings.” William C. Bryant
“I always start a painting with the sky.” Alfred Sisley
“The sky is always there for me, while my life has been going through many, many changes. When I look up to the sky, it gives me a nice feeling, like looking at an old friend.” Yoko Ono
“Every time someone tried to explain to me there are limits to what one man can do, I pointed to the boundless sky and said, ‘There is the limit.’” Jaiprakash Gaur
“There is the sky, which is all men’s together.” Euripides
“Clouds do not really look like camels or sailing ships or castles in the sky. They are simply a natural process at work. So, too, perhaps, are our lives.” Roger Ebert
“The enormous lake stretched flat and smooth and white all the way to the edge of the gray sky.” Laura Ingalls Wilder
“The sky is filled with stars, invisible by day.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“Excuse me while I kiss the sky.” Jimi Hendrix
“There is one spectacle grander than the sea, that is the sky; there is one spectacle grander than the sky, that is the interior of the soul.” Victor Hugo
“i thank you god for this most amazing day, for the leaping greenly spirits of trees, and for the blue dream of sky and for everything which is natural, which is infinite, which is yes.” e. e. cummings
“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
“Thank God men cannot fly, and lay waste the sky as well as the earth.” Henry David Thoreau
“The sky is the limit. You never have the same experience twice.” Frank McCourt
“You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.” Henry David Thoreau
“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 horizons.” Richard Bach
“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
“To see the Summer Sky is Poetry, though never in a Book it lie—True Poems flee—“ Emily Dickinson
“When scattered clouds are resting on the bosoms of hills, it seems as if one might climb into the heavenly region, earth being so intermixed with sky, and gradually transformed into it.” Nathaniel Hawthorne
“May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds.” Edward Abbey
“A pessimist sees only the dark side of the clouds, and mopes; a philosopher sees both sides, and shrugs; an optimist doesn’t see the clouds at all—he’s walking on them.” Leonard Louis Levinson
“Those clouds are angels’ robes.” Charles Kingsley
“We’d never know how high we are, till we are called to rise; and then, if we are true to plan, our statures touch the sky.” Emily Dickinson
“Be still, sad heart!—and cease repining; behind the clouds is the sun still shining.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
“When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.” Buddha
DON’T YOU JUST LOVE A GLORIOUSLY CLOUDY SKY?
This post is my response to the Daily Post One-Word Prompt: Sky.