Thursday, October 23, 2008

Catching Clouds

I’ve learned to take my camera many places.
Often, the sights I’m after, find me--without my looking.
Yet, I leave it behind for my short drive to work.
For what could I possibly need it?

Monday afternoon, I stepped outside, leaving the darkness of the indoor world behind me.
The beauty of the sky was so striking, I felt myself draw in a breath in awe.
Feet on the dark, dirty pavement, looking up--
an exquisite work of art.

From edge to edge, small puffy clouds covered bright blue.
Like bits of sheep’s wool torn and scattered,
densely across the sky.
I raced home, to my camera, waiting in its place by the back door.

And caught what was left of the drifting puffs, as they spread beyond the field.


Clouds over Cornfield




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55 comments:

Rob Ripma said...

Awesome blue sky. The clouds are wonderful too!

Ivar Ivrig said...

Great blu sky, like your depth in the first picture. Lovely cotton like clouds. Well done

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Your narratives are as beautiful as your photos; thank you!

I love those little "wooly" clouds, and am glad you camera was not too far away.

Lisa at Greenbow said...

These puffy clouds are almost lining up like the corn rows. Do you think all the male corn stalks are having a last cigar? tee hee.

Photo Cache said...

wide open space underneath a beautiful sky. you have a paradise there.

happy skywatching.

Roses and Lilacs said...

Looks like my cornfields and skies here in northern Illinois. The colors are beautiful.
Marnie

fishing guy said...

Nina: You are right about taking your camera. I personally would have not like missing these great cloud shots.

Kathiesbirds said...

That panoramic view really gives you a sense of the immensity of the sky and the land. It's a beautiful shot with excellent exposure. The colors are perfect!

Reader Wil said...

Great that you fetched your camera just in time to take these shots, Nina! Have a nice SW day!

Louise said...

We had clouds JUST like this on Monday (in central NM!!). Crazy, huh? But I was late to a parent-teacher conference, and having forgotten to grab my camera did not have time to go back. Beautiful capture!

Michelle Johnson said...

Nina, you pictures are always so stunning. I come here often to read your posts but, haven't commented as much as I should. You've created such a beautiful atmosphere here with your love of nature. Thanks for giving so much of yourself and sharing these vivid pictures. Have a nice day. Happy Sky Watching.

vincibene said...

Enlarged a breathtaking sky, wonderful!

Coloradolady said...

Love your shots today. I love the clouds, they look so fragile to me. Have a great SWF.

Lapa37 said...

Very nice similar to the ones I have this week.I also like the small puffy clouds makes me happy to look at them.

Carver said...

Those are fabulous shots. I've learned to keep my camera close too.

Carole said...

The clouds seem to go on forever, as does the cornfield. Beautiful perspective.

Lapa37 said...

I also have started taking my camera with me everywhere.I am always on the look out for nice sky shots or some kind of critter.Your shots are great and we are lucky you were able to catch them.

Ben said...

I find your photographs peaceful. It is strange, but I've found that some of my best photographs are unplanned and unexpected. I've also been in more than a few situations where I really wished I'd thrown my camera in the car.

Texas Travelers said...

Terrific photo.
Love the scene.
Well done.

Nice "Sky Watch" today.
Come visit our , Backpacking in the Rain.
Troy and Martha

Müge Tekil said...

Lovely photos! :-) Have a nice SWF! :-)

Cathy said...

I love the little puffs of clouds.

Owlman said...

Awesome shots and wonderful narrative.

Mary said...

Oh how pretty! I would have been rushing to get my camera, too. :) Happy SWF.

Patricia said...

I love the puffy clouds, you have a nice shot!
cheers,

Bobbie in Hawaii said...

Wonderful cloud shots, Nina. Can't get over how blue the sky is behind those clouds. Quite dazzling.

Wren said...

good timing, great photo.

D Herrod said...

They do look like wool.

Woody said...

Very pretty photo. I like how the clouds are...

Lilli & Nevada said...

just gorgeous

Rhoen said...

love your entries, nina! lovely colors!

Here's my SkyWatch entry!

Larry said...

Hi Nina, Yup, gotta take the camera everywhere. I keep mine in my glove box, then take it with me practically everywhere.

Love the juxtaposition of the cloud formation with the cornfield. Very cool!

Yen said...

Amazing photos! WOW!!! I wish I live near somewhere like this:)

Mine is up HERE. Hope to see you there! Happy SWF!~

Suz @ Alive in Wonderland said...

Stunning, absolutely beautiful.

Kim said...

What a beautiful, wide open space. Love the cotton puff clouds against the bright blue sky, awesome!!

gen/entry here said...

what a pretty looking sky just like a cotton or a snow...TC

Robert V. Sobczak said...

Great clouds: I have a cloud guide book that is rendered in the same spirit as a birding guide. And brilliant blue sky to go along with the clouds. I am the same way on my commute: I actually travel through the Everglades, and photos on the way home with dying light of afternoon can be show stoppers ... or in this case, commute stoppers.

Brit' Gal Sarah said...

Gorgeous skies, I often see the best skies first thing, so now carry my camera everywhere.

spookydragonfly said...

I've enjoyed my visit here...seems like we have a similiar mind set. Great photography!

Small City Scenes said...

Great shots. I heard once that thoses type of clouds are called 'Johnny appleseed clouds' I never knew why.
Always take your camera with you---ya just never know!! MB

Tink *~*~* said...

The "drifting puffs" are beautiful. Big sky in your part of the world!

Tink *~*~*
My Mobile Adventures *~*~*

bobbie said...

Beautiful, Nina! You just have to keep that camera with you!

kjpweb said...

Gorgeous!
Cheers, Klaus

Robin said...

Beautiful captures of a gorgeous sky. The blue is amazing.

ga.farmwoman said...

Beautiful puffs on a blue sky.
Enjoyed it!
Pam

roadgurl5 said...

Reminds me of a flock of cloud "geese" flying south for the winter...very beautiful!

Itravelhereandthere said...

It's gorgeous clouds and lovely blue sky!

Arija said...

Completely empathize, my reactions entirely, firstly being frozen in awe, next dashing like crazy for the camera. Hope you didn't have far to go and did not cause any accidents on the way.
It was a great sky, and well worth the effort.

Dave Coulter said...

Boy...there's no blue like in October is there? Happy SWF :)

leslie said...

Gorgeous skies - love those clouds!

Laura ~Peach~ said...

beautiful skies! love the photos!
Happy sky watch!

msdewberry said...

Great pictures!! I love the colours.
Check mine out too!!

Larry D said...

Great October Skies!

Brenda@View From The Pines said...

I feel the very same way about my camera! Never know what you'll find through the lens!
Brenda

jean said...

Love your sky shots. I live in a mountainous area, so I always find those skys that go one forever amazing.

Shellmo said...

It's so mesmerizing to view this sky shot!