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The Softness of Clouds

“You must not blame me if I do talk to the clouds.”  Henry David Thoreau


When I think of SOFT, various things come to mind.  A whisper.  The glow of a full moon. Spring rain dancing on the roof.  A breeze through the trees.  The tinkling of wind chimes. Even the luxurious coat of such animals as buffalo and mountain goats.

Of course, most of those things are not the easiest to photograph, or—if photographed—not something I could easily reach out and touch. As much as I would love to.

Of course, when I think of SOFT, clouds also come to mind.  True, I cannot touch the clouds.  But I am certain they must be soft and billowy.  As well as impressive, ever present but always changing, and a powerful part of the cycle of nature.  No wonder they have always delighted me.  Thus, these photos of clouds are my response to the Lens Artists Photo Challenge–Soft.

“How sweet to be a Cloud. Floating in the Blue!”  A. A. Milne

“Be comforted, dear soul!  There is always light behind the clouds.”  Louisa May Alcott

“Behind the clouds is the sun, still shining.”  Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“We talk of sunshine and moonshine, but not of cloud-shine, which is yet one of the illuminations of our skies.  A shining cloud is one of the most majestic of all secondary lights.”  Alice Meynell

“Let’s build us a happy, little cloud that floats around the sky.” Bob Ross

“He who seeks eternity should look at the sky, he who seeks the moment, should look at the cloud.”  Mia Couto

“Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.”  Ralph Waldo Emerson

“It is better to have your head in the clouds and know where you are. . . than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them and think that you are in paradise.”  Henry David Thoreau

 “I see trees of green, red roses too.  I see them bloom for me and you.  And I think to myself what a wonderful world.  I see skies of blue and clouds of white.  The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night.  And I think to myself what a wonderful world.”  Louis Armstrong

Comments on: "The Softness of Clouds" (12)

  1. Barbara Yong said:

    I love clouds too, they make the sky look like it goes on forever. I especially love the last one in the blog.

    • Thanks, Barbara–and for suggesting clouds as response to this challenge! WE need to take a trip looking for some clouds this year!

  2. Lovely challenge response. The last is my favorite

    • Thanks. I do love clouds, especially the contrast between desert landscape–as most of these in the post are–and the sky. The last one is my favorite too.

  3. Beautiful photos of nature’s artistry. I always love your comments and quotes. Thank you, Patti, for sharing with us.

  4. Loved the cloud photos and the quotes….that last cloud photo especially. Being a new grandma, when I think of soft, I think of baby’s skin.

  5. Deborah the Closet Monster said:

    As I looked through these gorgeous pictures, I found myself wondering about clouds. What is it about them that so attracts the eye, the heart, the soul? Whatever it is, my heart is always lighter when I spend a little time gazing at the clouds … be they overheard, or simply on the screen in front of me. 🙂

  6. love this collection of clouds. Especially the last one. So breathtaking! =)

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