Friday, August 8, 2008

Cloud People

Yesterday was a fabulous weather day, mostly sunny and pleasant, not too hot, with a nice breeze. The pleasantness was interrupted now and then by a series of fierce storm squalls. These storms moved so fast that more than once, by the time the rain reached the ground, the clouds were gone, making it seem like rain was falling from a perfectly blue sky. Very cool.

The cumulus clouds that blossomed between the storms were truly fantastic - huge and so close I could almost touch them. It's easy to see how people picked up the idea that angels live there in all that pure whiteness. I would, if I could - except - the average life span of a cumulus cloud is ten minutes. Life is short, I know, but ... that short? Not for us earth dwellers, please!

Do you think angels play harps? OK, maybe. I believe angels also play steel drums. Don't you think? Or at least they should. Steel drums make such a heavenly sound.

To my eye, the storm rolling overhead in the vid looks like a giant face, not the same species as the steel drum playing angels, oh no. This guy is not in a good mood. The white column looks to me like a gigantic nose. Gesundheit!

Can you imagine how thrilled I was to capture a digitized boom of thunder during this brief moment of filming a very brief storm? Thanks, all you tropospheric cloud people, for keeping me endlessly engaged yesterday. I salute you!


Steve said...

Thunder is so great, isn't it?? There's nothing better than lying in bed and hearing a storm outside.

We're having an unusually cool, rainy summer here as well...

dennis said...

Dennis enjoys storms ala distance... under a quilt is his favorite place... did you get wet? We had a very short very powerful rainstorm, without effects, just drenching lashing rain last night.

Dennis likes looking at the sky.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Clouds and storms. Luscious! Your post reminds me a scene in James and the Giant Peach when James and his peach are sailing through the clouds and he watches all the cloud people going about their business.

Aileen said...

I love the collage effect at the top!

Yesterday was a fun, interesting day, weather-wise. I was actually at a patio happy hour when it would "rain", then stop...The cool drops were actually refreshing in the warm sunshine!

tut-tut said...

Another Wow! That almost looked like it could have collected itself into a funnel . . . not fun to have a tornado, I wouldn't think!

Reya Mellicker said...

I got sprinkled on, Dennis. Unless it rains hard, the tree canopy is thick enough to protect me for brief showers. Probably stupid to stand under trees during a thunderstorm!

lucy said...

oh i'm so glad you got pictures of clouds...yesterday and today had some of the most well-defined beautiful clouds i've ever seen.

definitely stupid to stand under trees during a thunderstorm, though. i knew a farmer who lost at least a dozen cows, maybe two dozen, who also sought shelter under a tree but were hit by lightning.

sacrifice for art, but maybe not that much.

thanks for the blue skies and the absolute capture of those unusually whipped creamish clouds.

lettuce said...

i love thunder storms
and i love your vids.

i'd like to have a long long sleep on the cloud in your top picture