Friday, November 2, 2007

One Crazy Sky

I'm reading The Body Has a Mind of Its Own by Sandra and Matthew Blakeslee, a mother/son team of science writers who specialize in brain sciences. The book, as it turns out, is a weird hybrid of self-help and armchair cutting edge science. Very odd. However there's so much interesting information about how neurologists are thinking about the brain these days, it's worth slogging through the psychobabble.

Reading about brain maps engages my highly suggestible nature; reality itself this week seems as plastic as gray matter. Wow.

As if to reflect this perception, the sky was crazy all afternoon with every version of cirrus cloud imaginable. I took dozens of pics as the sky continually shapeshifted. In these pics the showers of ice crystals are as visible as the nose on your face. No offense intended.

Winter is coming.


Barbara said...

Did you Photoshop these pictures or can the Washington sky really be this blue? Amazing clouds.

It seems that the last few decades have unlocked so many secrets of how the brain works. Were you telling me or did I hear it on NPR that using MRI technology a surgeon can now be guided to exactly the right spot without having to damage other brain tissue on the way in?

Lynne said...

I don't have to think about it; my brain is not working lately! :p

Gorgeous sky photos! Maybe Noel was helping by pushing the clouds in your direction. Beautiful! I do think Winter will come early this year.

P.S. What was the name of that book about clouds that you read a while back?

Reya Mellicker said...

Barbara - no photoshopping necessary. the sky was amazing.

Lynn - It's called The Cloudspotter's Guide. Very cutesy but well worth all the great information.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

These are wonderful cloud images. I can just imagine how the sky must look with clouds like these at sunset or sunrise! Magical!

Reya Mellicker said...

It turns out there was a tropical storm whirling by, offshore. That's what created yesterday and this morning's crazy skies!