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“We come into this world alone, we are born alone, and we die alone.” I think many of you have heard this. Probably say it, too.

 

That isn’t the good news.

 

The good news is that I am convinced it is wrong; dead wrong, so to speak.

 

In order to be successfully born you were not alone: you were with your Mother (even cloned things have to be placed in a womb). Even if your Mother died as you were emerging from her womb, some other human being had to come along quickly and care for you. Otherwise you would quickly die. Period. You are not born alone.

 

(Go away with the Tarzan shit. If any other mammal got there first, they’d either ignore you or eat you.)

 

So, I don't see how it is possible: we are not born alone.

 

Living alone: I know most of very social, very communal humans don’t like being alone in this life.

Isolation, alienation, aloneness, expulsion from the group, not being touched as a baby, stranded and unvisited in a nursing home, solitary confinement leads us to madness. (Humans don’t do alone very well at all.)

 

So for me, there is no reason to believe that I (or "we") will pass to the next stage (we call it death) alone. Perhaps, (and I can dream as much as the next person) all of my ancestors are there: all of ours; all the way back to the one. (The Universe is a big place, I think there’s more than enough room for all of us that ever were, and ever will be.)

 

So, sometimes I lay – oh so lazily - on my back, near some water, and I look at the clouds, the sky, the stars, the moon, the birds and the sun and seek to feel my place in the Universe; our human place.

 

In doing so I can feel - or it feels as if I am feeling - a connection to all of those who passed before; they are there, arms open, hands up, waiting and welcoming. I can feel them. And I am in awe and and wonderfully comforted.

 

Ain’t no religion in this: just thinkin’, just feelin’, just taking pictures, wonderin’ and in wonder.

 

(Note: I don’t play music when I’m outside, in the world, out of the house. When I wander about, or fish, or capture images, I like the natural sounds of the world that I hear. But if I did have music, it would be like the one I chose to go with this.)

 

Challenge #3 – “Cloud,” called by RavenSpiritImages (aka "Ma'am" as it were) - www.flickr.com/photos/oldmanofthemountains/6968236577/in/...

 

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Clouds reflected at the Snake River in Wyoming.

spotted along the shores of Vermilion lake, Banff, Canada. ... I often find the little landscapes as lovely as the wide open vistas. the fragile beauty of these flowers was set off so well by the reflected clouds

 

Another photo exploring some of the details in Vermilion lakes

  

HBW!

~Photo by Musqiue Gable

 

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I see trees of green........ red roses too

I see 'em bloom..... for me and for you

And I think to myself.... what a wonderful world.

 

I see skies of blue..... clouds of white

Bright blessed days....dark sacred nights

And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world.

 

The colors of a rainbow.....so pretty ..in the sky

Are also on the faces.....of people ..going by

I see friends shaking hands.....sayin.. how do you do

They're really sayin......I love you.

 

I hear babies cry...... I watch them grow

They'll learn much more.....than I'll never know

And I think to myself .....what a wonderful world

“Take the time to visualize the beautiful rainbows in the storm clouds of life..”

 

Tom Man -

 

Another image from my muddy jeep adventure

Finally making friends with the D800

a view of my favorite Superstition Mountains

Looking towards the Dublin Mountains from the Dodder valley

 

A fascinating white cloud reflection in the glass facade of a Hawaiian beach hotel emphasizes its balconies, railings and furnishings.

Went out for a really long walk today through the woods and fields. The ground was sodden and really muddy and I had to wade my way through in places, but the sun was shining and the clouds looked fantastic and I had a great time. It took me almost 3 hours to get to this point, but it was well worth it. I got a few decent shots, but this was my favourite. After all the rain and snow, it was nice to see some sunshine!

 

I hope everyone is well and enjoying their photography :)

 

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The clouds were so pretty today. These two clouds looked like big dandelions in the sky!

 

It was kind of neat as I had just came out of the conservatory and they had started their Spring flower show and also were celebrating their 100 year anniversary.. The conservatory was built in 1915..

 

I told a couple that were walking by me to look up in the sky..The guy got so excited and said to his wife, "look they look they two big dandelions in the sky"! I was just as excited and thought how often would you see something like this! ; )

 

Have a wonderful day everyone!

just one more and Im done, I promise I'll move on!

panorama shot of clouds above a housing development near my home. The houses on the left are built in a semicircle, which is why they curve.

Neat low clouds seemed to loom there over the river after sunset.

Over the weekend I did quite a bit of walking. At one point on Saturday I stopped at Loughgall Country Park and walked around the Lough. Really beautiful weather for this. Although there were some clouds in the sky the sun was still shining. Ended up with some nice clouds and light in the water.

Interesting cloud formation in the afternoon looking east to Puget Sound & the Cascade mountains.

Ok, so I love mother nature. Especially when she does this.

These clouds were GORGEOUS... and right outside my front door. The moon was brilliant, and the lightning was spectacular.

 

I was going to PS the street light out from the bottom left hand corner... but I decided not to.

Image by Sherrie Thai of Shaireproductions.com

 

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Captured this pretty view while driving down the road after leaving Glacier National Park on our ride to Oregon. Saw the lake, the clouds, and there was a little park to pull over. Pretty neat scene with the reflection.

Taken a minute or less after take off from our little airport which does take international flights from Australia. The sun had just risen but was lost as we entered the cloud a few seconds after this.

Hope you have a good Wednesday and comments are much appreciated.

i Light Marina Bay 2014

Terrestrial cloud formation is the result of air in any of the lower three principal layers of Earth's atmosphere (collectively known as the homosphere) becoming saturated due to either or both of two processes: cooling of the air and adding water vapor. With sufficient saturation in the troposphere, precipitation will fall to the surface; an exception is virga, which evaporates before reaching the surface. Clouds that form at very high altitudes in the stratosphere and mesosphere do not contain sufficient moisture to generate any outfall of droplets or crystals.

Sunset-lit clouds float over the island of Roatan, Honduras.

"The poignant misery of dawn begins to grow

We only know war lasts, rain soaks, and clouds sag stormy.

Dawn massing in the east her melancholy army

Attacks once more in ranks on shivering ranks of gray,

But nothing happens."

 

from Exposure by Wilfred Owen

Our emotions are like clouds in the sky.........constantly changing.........appearing and dissolving.......

 

It is not that I wouldn't have any other pictures than those of the my flight to Graz weeks ago :-)

But I just had a look at them again and thought I share one more with you.....just to wish you all a wonderful week ahead and thank you for all the appreciation you constantly give to me!!!

 

And PLEASE view this one on black again :-)

I thought the changing light and clouds, together with a high tide, really lent themselves to a LE shot.

Noyes Pond is located in a secluded location within Groton State Forest in Groton, Vermont. This image was made at sunset as the clouds were mirrored on the surface of the pond.

Explore#377 06/14/09

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the cloud is bustin down the fence to set himself free...it was amazing to see the cloud taking down the fence line...

Perranuthnoe beach last weekend. I love the way the receding waves uncover the cloud reflected in the wet sand. Blowing a gale here, but still no snow!

Last night on my way out for butter I ended up at the creek again. This time the clouds were cooperating, which is why I ended up there. One thing that frustrates me is how quickly the light fades this time of year. I literally had 5 minutes of nice light…and on my way to go photograph a different spot 20 yards away…the color completely exited the scene.

 

When I got to the store to buy the butter, my ‘friend’ from a previous trip…’Bob’ was there. He was dressed more manly this time around (no blouse)…and if you remember the last time I saw him…I suspected he was liquored up. He was buying two half gallon jugs of booze, and some 2 liter bottles of Pepsi ‘Jazz’…which means I was probably correct. I bet he fueled up the second he got in the car.

 

When I got home…Buddy was gone. I didn’t even get to say goodbye. Luckily I had to return something to my mom, and got to go visit. As I suspected, Buddy was not thrilled with Tilly for ignoring him the entire week we had him…when I arrived he was alternating between chewing on her face, and her tail.

 

This weekend I promise to photograph somewhere other than Clear Creek. The weekend after I’ll be heading out on an adventure with Stephen Oachs…where there is a good chance we will end up trespassing and being shot at. You won’t want to miss that one…

 

Until then enjoy another shot of the creek…This time facing west…I was right on the edge of the cliff here…VERY un-nerving. A few days ago my son noticed a green soda bottle floating in a rapid….it was still there. If you fell in here…there’s a very real chance I would see your bloated body bobbing around the next time I came back….the currents in here are wicked.

 

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

 

Author~Rabindranath Tagore

An egg... Taken with my friend's camera. :¬)

Photo nº 228.

 

Explored! Whoooo... Thanks all! ;¬])

 

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After the sun sets in the Oceano Dunes.

Been a bit busy to process anything today. My brother is staying and we watched a DVD of Boston robbers. So, one from a month ago when there were interesting clouds one day.

It was like there was a celestial conductor orchestrating the movements of the clouds. Just glorious to watch.

Realize after the fact that I should have taken longer exposures to get that smooth look. Ah well, I'll try and do better next time.

It was lovely to put a face to the name of a Flickr friend; Great meeting you Kush!

Clouds moving quickly over the Wasatch mountains.

Clouds reflected on the beach .

Croyde Bay,Devon UK

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago

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