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C is For Clouds That Adorn the Sky

“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

So fine was that afternoon, that the waters of the lake and the clouds of the sky, it seemed each mirrored the other in perfect harmony. 🙂

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

Clouds are – for the moment, transient, lending themselves to all that is around them, yet so beautiful, so powerful..

“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.

From ‘Stuff You Should Know About Planet Earth’

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 🙂

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40 thoughts on “C is For Clouds That Adorn the Sky

  1. As a child, I used to lay outside in the grass and look for shapes in the clouds. To me, they are a reminder that we can always find beauty and wonder in the world around us (if we take the time to pause and search for it).

  2. I have taken hundreds of cloud pictures with all the different shapes, fluffiness and colors. Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs was my favorite book growing up.

  3. I love looking at the sky during a really rich sunset. There is something so beautiful about it and peaceful, especially at the beach!

  4. Great article! Beautiful photos. I actually use looking at clouds to help ease my daughter’s anxiety. It works wonders when she has a particularly stressful day. Thank you for bringing attention to this.

  5. I love all of your pictures! It makes me want to take a step back and just enjoy looking up at the clouds tomorrow. I am a kindergarten teacher, and maybe I will take my class outside tomorrow and do just that!

  6. I love your photos – what a great collection! It’s nice to appreciate the beautiful things in life. I like the diagram of different kinds of clouds, too – very interesting!

  7. I love clouds on a summer day because they can be so fascinating as they move and make their own shapes up in the sky. Looking at the clouds can be such a good way to meditate.

  8. I love looking up at the sky. In the daytime, the clouds take on so many shapes! I even love watching storm clouds as they move so swiftly! I also love watching the night sky, the glittering stars, the moon and the planets (I love that Mars and Venus are often visible). Thanks for sharing your lovely photos. You inspired me to take a walk outside to day and take some shots of the clear blue sky and clouds.

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