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Friday, May 17, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: Head in the clouds

We should be getting lots of rain this time of year, but so far May has brought us only unseasonably warm temperatures, wind, and clouds that look promising but disappoint - at least as far as moisture is concerned. Their photogenic qualities, on the other hand, are above reproach!  

I took these two photos last Friday afternoon, the first one in the back yard which I spied while mowing. I think it looks a lot like this shark tooth...


Which was appropriate, given that a little later that day while I was watering in our south side and front yards (paying as much attention to the skies as I was to my chores!), I noticed what appeared to be two Great White shark fins swimming through the foaming cloud-surf! Maybe they were searching for their lost tooth...


And this dark cloud hovering overhead at sunrise the next morning appeared to be trailing delicate jellyfish tentacles (but was really virga). Honestly, you'd think that skies that appeared so full of aquatic life would yield more water...


We have some strong predictions for rain tomorrow through Monday, so... fingers crossed!

A visit to SkyWatch Friday may not yield rain, but it will sure yield captivating skies!

31 comments:

  1. Amazing shots. Love the drama of that last one!

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    1. Thanks! Yes, that "Sunrise Virga" shot almost made the SkyWatch thumbnail cut! Sometimes it can be hard to choose which photo to display there, can't it?

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    1. We do get a lot of them here! Keeps my camera busy. :-)

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  3. The skies change in a matter of second and you captured them all. Texas is is need of rain too and going into water restrictions already.

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    1. They really can, especially the sunrises and sunsets and cloud formations (though I must say, those shark fin clouds hung around for quite a while! Cue theme to "Jaws.") :-)

      Hope we BOTH get the rain we need - and I hope you're nowhere near all that awful tornado destruction in the Granbury area).

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  4. Yes, these are impressive. As is your imagination! Sadly, I am rubbish at seeing things in clouds.
    Here's hoping the rains come, then your trees will leaf out beautifully :)

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    1. Thank you, VioletSky! Sometimes I can see shapes in clouds easily, other times they evade me. I was clearly having a "head in the clouds" kinda day last Friday, though! :-)

      It's looking like rain is a serious possibility right now, and I think you're right - some good rain and then more warm sunshine and everyone will be dressed in their leafy best! :-)

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  5. The first two photos are pretty, but the third is eerily ominous. If you don't get rain from that baby I'll be surprised.

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    1. Nope, nary a drop. The clouds have been real teases lately. You should have seen the sky at one point yesterday afternoon and again last evening - I thought we were going to get the whole shebang - wind, thunder, lightning, torrential rain - but all we got was the wind (briefly) and a little ffffftt of rain droplets and it was sunshine once again. *sigh*

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  6. I do hope you get the rain you need.

    The clouds are beautiful, I especially like the Jellyfish tenticles.

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    1. Thank you - we got it yesterday! A wonderful, plentiful, soaking rain (bit of a gullywasher at one point, actually!) :-) And we're due for more. Yay!

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  7. Beautiful photography and love the imaginative captions ~ Happy Weekend ^_^

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    1. Thank you! I'm glad you enjoyed both. :-) Happy weekend to you too!

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  8. It rained all day today and we definitely do not need anymore of it, so you're more than welcome to it! It was supposed to rain all weekend and is now going to be sunny. Hopefully that means it'll rain there, then. :)

    That is one VERY dark cloud! Yikes!! Very pretty, though. I love how you seemed to have the sea in the sky by you lately. I could totally see the shark tooth, fins and jellyfish tentacles!

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    1. Well, given how hard it rained yesterday afternoon/evening (the skies were scary dark!!), I hope it means we took some moisture off of your hands! Last evening around 6:30 when the rain had stopped and the sun came out, we took the girls on a walk around the neighborhood and it was so beautiful! All the lilacs and cherry and apple trees are blossoming now and everything looked so fresh and clean and smelled so good! I hope to get some photos of a particularly beautiful sand cherry before it starts raining again, but the first priority today is to get our herb garden planted! BW got yesterday off (huge surprise!) and we bought a bunch of herbs, flowers and some peppers (and plan to order organic kale seeds today) to plant in our back herb bed. Next weekend - the front flower garden!

      I'm not surprised you had no problem seeing all those goodies in the clouds too, you have a creative and imaginative eye for these things! :-)

      Enjoy your sunny weekend!

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  9. Wow, some of the most beautiful clouds I've seen!! Light on rain but great for photography!

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    1. Thank you!! I thought they were a lot of fun, and despite the fact we often get some really fantastical clouds out here, I thought these were pretty unique! And definitely photogenic. I'm glad you enjoyed them!

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  10. Pretty dramatic clouds. And your header if fantastic too.

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    1. Thanks! The header photo was a lilac bush I photographed last spring. Our lilacs have literally just started to bloom in the past 24 hours! I wish my header were "scratch-n-sniff." :-)

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  11. The skies never disappoint do they - even when they are hanging on to all that life-giving rain. And I love hearing that you too 'see things' in the clouds. And make up stories to go with them. Yay...

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    1. No, they are rarely boring - they're almost always full of colors and pictures! :-)

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  12. Lots of imagination,hah!hah!
    but it does look like a lost tooth.
    this is what i saw last week

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    1. I think clouds like that almost demand we use our imagination! I, at least, can never help myself. :-)

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    1. Yep, can't keep our skies to myself! :-)

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  14. Thank you for my word of the day - virga. Never heard of it but I have definitely seen it and I'm hoping next time I see it, I'll have retained the word for it!

    I have to chuckle at the thought of you watering your plants while your head is in the clouds. Does any of the water land on it's intended location? I'm always being accused of having my head down and therefore I always miss the pretty skies. Maybe that's why you have so many more pretty skies - maybe you have the same number and are just looking at them!!!

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    1. You're welcome, and well, good luck with that retention thing. I first learned the term "virga" when I lived in New Mexico right after college, and I STILL can never remember it. I'm always wanting to call it "varga" or "vergas" or "virgo" or "vegas." Pretty much everything but "virga." :-)

      Funny you should mention, because sometimes I do look down to find that I've been watering the area next TO the plant. In those cases, I just tell the plant's roots - "Go toward the water! Come on, reach for it, you can do it!" I think it makes them stronger. :-)

      When you come out here, we'll practice watching the skies and see how many pretty ones we can find (and we WON'T count how many times I trip over the curb, my own shoelaces, pinecones in the path, etc).

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