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Friday, January 4, 2013

SkyWatch Friday: Angel hair & feather canyons

Happy New Year, fellow sky watchers! I should probably be posting fresh 2013 photos, but these pictures I took on a walk last October have been languishing in my drafts folder long enough. I'd never seen clouds like these before (but I'm guessing Joni Mitchell had!) 

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I've looked at clouds that way...
~ Joni Mitchell, "Both Sides Now"
(click to listen)


  1. Wow - amazing skies! So lovely.

  2. What a capture! How very beautiful! Happy weekend!

  3. Just like you to seemingly always having you eyes pointed skyward. And we're all the better for it. These beat anything I've ever seem, bar none! xoxo

  4. Beautiful. Thank you. I still like to look at clouds and imagine what I can see in them. A childhood joy I hope never leaves...

  5. These clouds are really incredible and unusual... and love the Joni lyrics. Great fit for your post.

  6. Beautiful cloud formation! Happy sky watching.

    Sunken Garden

  7. An eerie looking cloud.

  8. Like your beautiful photos of angel hair and your comparison to Joni Mitchell's song. They do so seem to belong together -- barbara

  9. Gorgeous photos to go along with one of my favorite songs.

  10. Beautiful clouds! Of course, I've heard that song loads of times, but I never could decipher the lyrics of that song, the words certainly describe your photos perfectly.

    Happy New Year Laurie! Let's hope it's a good one. May it bring you many blessings!

  11. That is amazing! I've never seen a cloud like that, either.

  12. Am not going to get that particular ear-worm from my head all day now! Definitely worth hanging onto these shots to use, and I love the new look of the blog.

  13. Happy New Year to you too!!!
    These are beautiful clouds! I like them!!!

    I'm visiting from SkyWatch Friday. Here's my sky:

    Regards from Barcelona. I hope you are having a great Sunday.

  14. Thank you, everyone! I'm glad you found these clouds as unusual and blog-worthy as I did... and thanks also to those of you who made mention of Joni Mitchell's song lyrics making such a great accompaniment to these particular clouds. :-)

    Spud ~ Yes, but it's a perilous habit that does result in a lot of falls and skinned knees. :-) Actually, with a vast sky that pretty much runs horizon to horizon, it's nearly impossible NOT to have one's eyes on the skies out here! I'm glad you so enjoyed these particular captures!

    Ellie C ~ I do the same thing, and feel the same way about it. :-)

    Spare Parts & Pics ~ Thank you! (And you get bonus points for being the first person who mentioned the Joni lyrics, since I was particularly pleased with myself for coming up with that comparison!) :-)

    Barbara (KY) ~ Ah, so you saw angel hair. I wasn't sure if I saw angel hair or feather canyons more. :-) Nice to see you again - I hope you enjoyed your holiday break, and must get caught up on your blog soon!

    Jamie ~ That's saying a lot, coming from a music maven such as yourself! I love this later recording so much more than her earlier one. You can tell she's putting the pain and growth and wisdom of a lot of life experiences into this later version, and it sounds so much more sincere. It also helps that I love the film, "Love, Actually" and think the scene during which this song plays is especially poignant and brilliantly acted by Emma Thompson - another favorite of mine).

    Rose ~ Thanks! You are not alone - I was never certain if she was singing "rows" (which I thought it was) or "flows", "feather" or "feathered." In looking up the lyrics, I found that a LOT of people had it written, BOWS and flows (and in one case, "floes") of angel hair! So I went right to the source. :-)

    Thank you for your New Year's wishes; I double them and send them back to you! :-)

    Jessica ~ I know, they were really unusual and I wonder what conditions created them, and if we'll ever see their like again!

    Barbara (UK) ~ Is it an "ear worm" if you don't like the song?? I really like this rendition of it, so I didn't mind that it was in my head for a day and a half after I posted this. :-) Glad you like the new look for January - I was going for cold, austere, yet beautiful and peaceful - the way I see this time of year.

    Aiketa~ I remember you! :-) I'm off to visit yours and several other blogs next, so thank you for providing the link to your SkyWatch post. Regards to you from Wyoming - my Sunday is just getting started! Sun isn't even up yet. But it's supposed to be a pretty one and I anticipate it will also be great - hope yours is too!

  15. I think any piece of music that you can't get out of your head classes as an 'ear worm', I do like some Joni Mitchell songs :O)))

  16. Barbara ~ Yes, but would any of the Joni MItchell songs you prefer go so perfectly with these photos? :-)

  17. Kudo's for both taking the cool cloud photos and for coming up with the perfect sony lyric accompaniment. Your brain must be so big to have all that knowledge in it (I have some) but also ADDITIONAL capacity for retrieving it (which I don't have any of)!!! As soon as I read that lyric, I remembered it but could never have recalled it. Even if you had to look up the actual words you knew enough to know it was perfect!

    Great job. I think it makes the photo so much more interesting if there's a "story" to go with it.

  18. Jo ~ Thank you! But I can tell you, many are the days when my RAM feels full, and I have trouble retrieving my files! :-) (Movie titles to rebuild your vanished DVD master list is a case in point!) I'm not sure why that song's lyrics popped so readily into my consciousness when I saw those clouds, but they did. I haven't even watched "Love, Actually" this year! Random Access Memory really is an interesting phenom. :-)

    By the way, if you want to develop your memory retrieval skills, give The Einstein Factor a read! (Or in your case, perhaps, a listen - your library has both formats - but an Amazon review of the audio book indicate the author's narration leaves much to be desired.)

    I agree that a story almost always makes a photo more interesting! :-)

    namaki ~ I know, beautiful and unusual - I was glad I was out walking with our dogs and saw them!

  19. I *always* think of the incredible Joni when I observe clouds. The term "feathered canyons" has never left my consciousness since I first heard the song, oh so many years ago.

    Lovely shots and audio accompaniment. You and I share a fondness for mixed media, as in blending all art forms (photography, music, pop culture) in the context of a natural vision. How can it be otherwise, right? We bring to our endeavors an amalgamation of all that we are. Truly wonderful series you've created. I'm so glad I found your blog.

  20. Ingrid ~ I know, there's great imagery in that part of the song, isn't there? I don't think I'd ever seen clouds that matched it so well before these, though.

    I'm glad you enjoyed this "mixed media" post. So many of my photos of the natural world, especially, bring great quotes to mind, and often a perfect song. I'm glad I'm not the only one, and love when other people do the same artful blending. Blogging is such a wonderful creative outlet, isn't it? And I sure do love yours - likewise on being glad I found it! Thank you for your reciprocal visit and comments!


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