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Friday, June 13, 2014

SkyWatch Friday: Cloud Capers

Late May - early June: 'tis the season for capering clouds in Wyoming's skies. Some seem to have a more sinister intent, like these two thunderstorm clouds that appear to have formed a darkly nefarious alliance as the sun set behind them...


while others are simply naughty. I took this photo because of the unusual "fin" erupting from the cloud. The streetlight was merely an intrusive annoyance that I planned to crop out - until I noticed that it looked like the cloud was mocking the streetlight behind its back! There's nothing like a skylarking cloud pranking a streetlight to add sudden mischievous charm to a photo! :-)


Enjoy more skylarking skies at:

28 comments:

  1. i like to watch lightning as long as i'm inside! my boys baseball game got called last night because of lightning...bummer! have a great weekend :)

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    1. Inside is a good place to be when there's lightning around! Scary as the clouds in that first photo are, there was no thunder or lightning with them. No rain either, as I recall! You have a great weekend too, Tanya, I hope your weather cooperates so your boys can play ball (and win!) :-)

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  2. The first photo is kind of frightening. Ever since we witnessed a tornado, anything that looks tornado-like gives me a scare.

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    1. Same here! I do like the mocking cloud though.
      Jane x

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    2. I hadn't noticed its resemblance to a tornado, but now that you mention it… bet you don't miss those (am assuming the tornado you witnessed was NOT in Seattle!)

      Glad you enjoyed the mocking cloud, Jane! :-)

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  3. I never, ever tire of watching clouds. The soft, fluffy cuties or the big boys. And there is a wonderful Moomin story in which the soft fluffy kind are flown on. Bliss.

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    1. I'm the same, Ellie Sue! Clouds mesmerize me, and are (as you've probably noticed) one of my favorite things to photograph.

      Moomin??? I must go look that up!

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  4. I like a streetlight in sky and cloud pictures - and you have one in each shot! It is the hydro wires that really annoy me, useful, but aesthetically unpleasant.

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    1. I'm glad you like them, since they're nearly impossible to avoid when I take photos from my front porch/yard! There's the one that showed up in the mocking cloud photo, and another on the corner between me and the mountains. The one that appears in the first photo is one of the many parking lot lights for the elementary school across the street. Now I know why people complain about light pollution - it's been hard to adjust to after living on the side of the mountain! Fortunately, all our electrical lines up here are buried, but some in the old neighborhoods are not so I know what you mean about the power lines… except when birds perch on them and create a lovely silhouette against a pretty sky, they're an eyesore!

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  5. These are beautiful! I really like both shots, very different but beautiful in their own ways!

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    1. Thank you, SP&P! I'm so glad you enjoyed them both - they do evoke very different moods.

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  6. love your cloud shots - I see a baby holding up an arm in the bottom one :) visiting from Skywatch Friday.

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    1. I see the baby now too - appears s/he's trying to reach up and grab the puffy clouds floating just above his/her face! :-) I love looking for shapes in the clouds ("nephelococcygia") :-)

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    1. Glad to know it! (You're some poet!) :-)

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  8. Interesting cloud formations. I do like the street-lamp mockery. Good choice to leave it in.

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    1. Thanks, once I spied the similarity, the idea of cropping the streetlight out seemed a travesty!

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  9. What a contrast between the two - one dramatic, one summery -- both lovely!

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    1. Thank you, Fiona! Our early summer skies here are an almost constant study in contrasts - great fun for photography!

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  10. Hi, Laloofah. The thunderstorm cloud photolooks very fearful. The second photo makes me very peaceful.
    BTW, mehitable word is not in my dictionary. If you please, explain me the meaning of the word.
    Wishing you a wonderful weekend.

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    1. Hello, Minoru! It is quite a contrast, isn't it?

      "Mehitable" was a popular first name for girls in Puritan New England up until the first half of the 19th century. It's a Hebrew word (I've read it means "God rejoices," but am not sure if that's true) that appears in the Old Testament. My blog's header explains the story behind my blog's name! :-)

      You have a wonderful weekend too! I hope you'll be spending it taking photos in yet another beautiful place! You have a real talent for finding and capturing such places - I always enjoy your blog!

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    2. Hi,Laloofah. I could understand the meaning.Thanks for your repling.

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  11. Incredible formations, and such contrast! Thanks for being our "eye to the sky." xoxo

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    1. My pleasure, Spudly! Though it does mean I trip over things a lot. ;-) xoxoxo

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  12. Sinister, indeed! I can feel the storm in the air when looking at that first photo!

    You had me laughing with the second picture because it's so true! ha! I'm glad you got the streetlamp in there because it came out perfect. Those clouds can be pretty cocky! (pun intended) :)

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    1. Now you made me laugh with your comment about the second photo! "Cocky" indeed - aren't you the naughty one! :-)

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