“Sometimes I go about pitying myself, and all the while I am being carried across the sky by beautiful clouds.” – Anonymous
Isn’t that so true? Clouds do help elevate our moods. If we take a moment and stop to look up at the sky, enjoy the clouds, we can find ourselves just a little bit better …
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under 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, The Use Of Life
I recall many hours of my summer vacations spent looking up at the skies, and they were among the happiest hours of idling ever. Train journeys meant my brother and I angling for the window seats and searching for shapes in the clouds. On any evening during my schooling years, you could find my mom and me sitting on our cane chairs in our balcony with cups of chai looking at the sky and imagining the wildest shapes we could from those very clouds..
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Today, the topic is, yes, clouds.. as I share photos taken in locations from sea to shining sea (literally, as these include photos taken at the Atlantic coast in Florida, and the Pacific coast in California!), over different times of the day and different months of the year as well.
Morning skies have a beauty their own as the rising sun makes its way and all those clouds right above have that golden lining, seeming to indicate you are going to have a wonderful day!
Even those darkest clouds don’t threaten 🙂
As the day progresses, clear blue skies with cottony-clouds provide a wonderful easel for nature to paint on..
“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
“So fine was the morning except for a streak of wind here and there that the sea and sky looked all one fabric, as if sails were stuck high up in the sky, or the clouds had dropped down into the sea.”
― Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse
And evening brings with its own glories too as ‘Far clouds of feathery gold, Shaded with deepest purple, gleam Like islands on a dark blue sea.‘ – Percy Bysshe Shelley
“Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton… I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations… What do you think you see, Linus?”
“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean… That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor… And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen… I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side…”
“Uh huh… That’s very good… What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”
“Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
― Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960
So what do see in this cloud below? Let me know in the comments 🙂
And before I end the post, here is a glimpse into a wonderful children’s non-fiction book I am reading – this page is about clouds, of course. I will be posting the review next Monday.
You can check out my previous posts for the month and for Ultimate Blog Challenge below. Today’s post goes toward’s ABC Wednesday’s Letter C. (and C is also for Catching up as I play catch up with my Comment 4 Comment challenge and other reading challenges as well 🙂