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Head in the clouds

Sweeping the sky
Sweeping the sky.  (Last night’s amazing sunset.)

When the air is hot and humid, there is a feeling of dullness and stagnation.  Everyone is oppressed by lassitude.  As the seasons begin changing, fresh air comes from the arctic.  Clouds that have been building up begin to dispense rain, and damp air is exchanged for fresh, cool breezes.  At night, the heavens are changing so quickly that lightning flashes from colliding clouds, and thunder heralds the revolving of the skies.

~ Deng Ming-Dao

Sometimes the clouds remind me of sea creatures
Sometimes the clouds remind me of sea creatures.  (Levels adjusted in Photoshop to bring out the shape of the clouds.)

How was your weekend?  Did you do anything exciting?  Or maybe not so exciting but worth a mention?

Or hummingbirds with wings uplifted
Or hummingbirds with wings uplifted.  (Levels adjusted in Photoshop.)

I spent part of my weekend looking up, my head in the clouds.  We get the most amazing cloud formations here on the Eastern Shore.  While out on my walk Saturday I thought they looked a lot like birds and sea creatures floating up above.

Floating in the sea-sky.  (Levels adjusted in Photoshop.)
Floating in the sea-sky. (Levels adjusted in Photoshop.)

After experiencing what was probably our hottest week of the summer, fresh, cool air finally breezed in with rain last week, and the weekend was filled with the feel and scents of the changing season.  The heat will probably return briefly, but I think summer is on its way out.

Dancing across  the sky.  (Level and color adjusted.)
Dancing across the sky. (Level and color adjusted.)

We are approaching my favorite time of year.  Hiking season.  Work outside in the garden season.  Sit on one of the outdoor benches and just be season.  Walk out to the dock every evening for sunset season.  Get up early and admire the dewy jewels coating the flowers in the meadows season.  The annoying biting insects are finally gone! season.

Dragon's breath.  (Colors and contrast adjusted.)
Dragon’s breath. (Colors and contrast adjusted.)

The in-between time, when the seasons are changing, often brings us interesting clouds.  This morning started out clear and blue.  Slowly the clouds have been approaching, starting with a few small puffy clouds, building into a cover of white with streaks of blue, and then clearing up again with a few small clouds on the horizon.  Our one small chance for rain this week is tonight.  After that, it’s sunshine and lovely temperatures for a long stretch unless something develops in the tropics (tropical storm, etc.).

Swish and swirl.
Swish and swirl.

The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

Earth and sky.
Earth and sky.

I love the way the clouds enhance our sunrises and sunsets, allowing themselves to be painted by the light of the sun.

Soaring with the clouds.
Soaring with the clouds.

Only from the heart can you touch the sky.

~ Rumi

Ethereal fox.
Ethereal fox.

Thank you for visiting today, and looking up at the sky with me.  Sometimes all that looking up makes me feel as if I am floating up there with the clouds.  Do you feel that way, too?

Sunset pastels.
Sunset pinks.

I’m not sure what sunset will bring this evening.  As you can see from some of the images, it was really pretty last night.  Let’s meet out on the dock and find out what Mother Nature and Father Sky have in store for us this evening.  Sunset is at 7:11 PM.  Bring a light jacket or a sweater.  The nights are really cooling off now, and even the days are not as warm as they were last week.

Dancing with slight shadows.
Dancing with ghost shadows.

Be good, be kind, be loving.  Just Be.  🙂

Sunset pastels.
Sunset pastels.

Today’s joys:  A good treadmill workout this morning; feeling stronger and healthier, especially my knees; green tea; art in the sky; the caress of an autumn breeze; taking care of myself and my health.

Good night, Sun and Clouds.
Good night, Sun and Clouds.

 

Author:

Robin is a photographer, artist, writer, wife, sometime poet, mom, grandma, daughter, sister, friend, and occasional traveler currently living on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. She finished a 365 commitment to get outside every day in 2011, and has turned it into a lifelong commitment taking one or more walks each day. Robin will continue to share her walks through her words and images on Breezes at Dawn. Older posts can be found at Life in the Bogs, her previous blog. Robin and her husband are in the midst of renovating the house and property they refer to as the Wabi-Sabi Ranch, 35 acres that include marsh, a dock on a tidal creek, meadows, and woodlands. Every day brings new discoveries.

19 thoughts on “Head in the clouds

  1. Cooler air is finally descending here in the high desert. And it is most welcome. The dogs are loving their walk in the brisk, cool morning air. Every weekend is a good weekend, Robin. Thanks for asking and for sharing your photographic talent!

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    1. Thank you, Carol. 🙂 Some days I think I am reverting make to my childhood, spending hours looking up at the clouds or crawling around on the ground. (My knees, however tell me otherwise, especially when I’m crawling around on the ground!)

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  2. Such utterly gorgeous skies and you, lucky and talented enough to capture them. We are finally starting to get some color out here, but haven’t had a chance to capture any yet.

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  3. I love your clouds! I took similar photos this weekend for the same reason (same weather front, since I live south of you). I hadn’t figured out yet what to do with them and now you’ve given me ideas for posting them on my blog.

    Nancy

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    1. Where did this come from!?!?
      I wonder where it was supposed to be. 😀
      Hey ho. (that’s my sister’s saying, I don’t let my scattiness bother me anymore, I just smile, shrug my shoulders and say hey ho, and move on.
      My memory is getting worse but I still remember feelings and the “hey ho” feeling is much less worrisome than the “oh dear, what have I done now” feeling. 🙂

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