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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.)


Challenge #3 – “Cloud,” called by RavenSpiritImages (aka "Ma'am" as it were) -


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Clouds reflected at the Snake River in Wyoming.

Explore#377 06/14/09

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

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.

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



~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 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

© Jeff R. Clow


One of the most unusual cloud formations I've ever seen.... and I was lucky enough to be standing just west of downtown Dallas when the setting sun illuminated the reflective buildings of the city.


Many thanks to fellow Flickr members James Mellard and Mike Jones for showing me this stellar location.


If you have a moment, I hope you'll view this at the larger size linked below:


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Here's the color version of Mt. Robson catching the clouds as they move east. Like most giant peaks they create their own weather patterns and collect clouds resulting in rare opportunities to see it in the full sun. I came close but never saw it cloud free. Spectacular regardless.


The b/w version in comments.


I didn't know till visiting here that Mount Robson is the source of the longest river in British Columbia, the Fraser River. One of the great rivers on the continent.


Happy April 1st!


Looking towards the Dublin Mountains from the Dodder valley


Not every rainbow has a pot of gold at the end, some just have a cloud!

It looks so fluffy and comfy... like a row of pillows.

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

Full colour image of low cloud moving rapidly up the bay.

where the clouds come from

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

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

- Tagore-

"Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky." ~Rabindranath Tagore


The autumn leaves are all gone but nothing beats a lovely late fall day on the Manitowish River near Boulder Jct. Wisconsin. It's hard to believe but in a month this will be a frozen memory

To see more reflections and landscapes of Northern Wisconsin visit our website:

Beautiful clouds, a must do capture...

The morning rain and cloud slowly lifting off Llechog summit above the Llanberis pass. Part of the Snowdon mountain railway can be seen climbing the ridge just behind the summit.

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.

Jeder Wolkendunst unserer Jugend, der sich harmlos zu verziehen schien, kommt irgendwann einmal als Gewitter wieder.


Arthur Schnitzler



One of the many names for the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies: Mt. Robson. Easy to see how it got this nickname. Like Denali, Mt. Robson generates it's own weather, covering it most of the time. Even so I like the mood and the way parts of it poked thru the clouds.


A few more pics of this special mountain in comments.


Thanks for taking a peak peek.

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

Just loved how the clouds caught the sun over St Michaels mount in Cornwall.

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

i Light Marina Bay 2014

Lucky to get both calm conditions and impressive clouds at Derwent water on our recent trip...

Really like how the clouds and their reflections framed the lake district fells beyond.

..Can't keep my eyes off those clouds in the sky,

And I know it won't be long, it won't be long!!


Just got home after an awesome weekend!!

Sunset taken from the balcony of our cabin in the caravan park. I have so many photos to sort through, I don't think I need to take any more photos for months!! Might need to hide my camera for a while so I can catch up!!

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 :-)

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