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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.

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


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Another image from my muddy jeep adventure

Finally making friends with the D800

a view of my favorite Superstition Mountains

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I think I have good news.


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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.)


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

Clouds reflected at the Snake River in Wyoming.

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.

The clouds ruled this moody morning in the Grand Teton National Park. This is what the clouds looked like without the long exposure.

Cloud Gate, Millennium Park, Chicago

Crystal Palace, May 2014

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



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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 pretty 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

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.

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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!

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

Desert sand dunes are similar to some found at the ocean but the vegetation is different, the storm clouds coming in should assist in keeping the vegetation alive however weather forecasters do not predict enough moisture content to do much else. Must be time to break out the dune buggies.

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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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.

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

Photographing long exposure at the beach when the weather is rainy.

taken near jerez de la frontera, andalucia

Park area there at Seneca Rocks, West Virginia. The clouds to the west were pretty as the sun was setting.


Happy Bench Monday

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

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.

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Thank you all so much for your birthday wishes for my dad!

We had a lovely birthday party ...


Today we planned a day out, so I will visit your streams later on

Have a great SUNNY day

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.

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