Thursday, 28 May 2009

Skywatch Friday - Clouds Of Promise....



Around these parts, we get a little excited as well as apprehensive when we see clouds like these, rolling in.

They hold the promise of rain, which is something that doesn't happen very often, hence the excitement !

Unfortunately, they also hold the promise of dry lightening, which is what often accompanies clouds like these. Thousands of wildfires are sparked every year, in Nevada, by lightening strikes, so hence the feeling of apprehension..

I love looking at the clouds though ... they break the monotony of days of nothing but clear, blue skies..


I can see a little dog lying down, in this one. His head is a bit blurred by a wisp of dark cloud..


In this one, he seems to have turned around and is now prancing on his hind feet. You can make him out to the right.

Maybe he's begging the cloud gods for some rain ?? :-)


They started to roll in over the mountains, but unfortunately, came to nothing. The sky was pretty grey to the back of us, and there were a few lightening strikes, (hopefully I caught one on my 35mm SLR), in the distance. No reports of fires though, thank goodness !


So why am I posting a photo of the road, you may well ask?

When I was downloading these photos, from my camera to my computer, I was once again reminded of what can happen, when you hand an 8yr old your camera to hold, while you frantically rummage through your bag for your ringing phone..

Why she felt the urge to take a photo of the street, is something that I don't think even she can answer, however, at least this time it wasn't of my rear end !! :-)

Have a great weekend !

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40 comments:

Audun said...

Dramatic clouds, and I love story about your last picture :)

Guy D said...

I love those skies Karen, great shots.

Have a great weekend.
Guy
Regina In Pictures

Lola said...

Karen,
thank you for posting this. What a great idea to comment the shapes! If we still see things in coulds, it means we have not curbed the child within. And this is a good thing. A very good thing!

Happy skywatch friday and have a wonderful relaxing fun-filled weekend.

Ciao

Photo Cache said...

I'm sure your rear end would elicit more comments here than a road, but oh well, she'll learn to point and shoot where it matters soon enough.

Love your clouds. Oh I don't wanna know what dry lightning is. I'm afraid of lightning and thunder.

foto CHIP said...

That´s funny - you want rain and we always want the sun to shine :)
We have been lucky though - some rain and some sunshine - it's very green now.
Have a nice Friday

Anissa said...

Beautiful Pictures! We have been getting alot of rain. I think today was the first day in a week. TFS

Lily Hydrangea said...

I like your big puffy clouds & yes I did see the puppie!

Pearl Maple said...

Fun cloud photos for Sky Watch Friday, I live in a similar area with nothing but blue skies most every day, clouds do add that little bit of interest to the horizon. Thanks for sharing with Sky Watch Friday, as for the 8 year old - teach them to point at the sky next time.

Marja said...

Here in Christchurch we had plenty of rain and more coming in the weekend Not good for queens birthday. Usually it is here pretty dry too though Nice pictures

Arija said...

You certainly have a budding photographer there with that superb abstract shot LOL! Great clouds, to me the little dog in the first seems to be running full tilt. We too hope for rain with every passing cloud.

Gunilla said...

What beautiful photos.I love them all.

Thanks for sharing.

Have a great weekend

Gunilla in Sweden

VALKYRIEN said...

A typicall summersky, full of funny clouds! And I really do see a little dog resting! That was a game I played much more when I was a child - but it's still fun!

Thanks for stopping by! I prefer my SkyWatch trees also! :)

Bonnie Bonsai said...

It's nice to conclude the blog with a funny note. And glad you included the achievement of your young kid.

In as far as the clouds are concerned, yes, I am like that too...I watched not only the mere skies, I do look for some abstract objects that can be formed by them.

As to the wildfires? We have the same problem here down under especially because our forests are mostly Eucalyptus that are higly alcohol content.

Love your entry and you have cutie kiddos too... Happy mothering.

Dewdrop said...

I really hope you get some rain out of those clouds to keep the lightning fire potential at bay. You're right low relative humudity can be dangerous in thunderstorm season.

Great shots!

Tina said...

kids take some funny pics dont they ha ha. dry lightning ... sounds so scary doesent it!

Together We Save said...

I love the street photo. My girls would do the same thing. LOL

NORWOOD UNLEASHED said...

Karen
Thanks for blogging by me. I love that you found a dog in the clouds! I could see him too!

Norwood

Baruch said...

Great photos and isn't it just great fun looking for shapes in clouds!

Carver said...

Beautiful shots of the clouds. I hope you will get some rain soon. I know how important that can be when it's lacking. Too funny about your child's shot of the street.

Gretchen said...

Great shots! I always love to see photos that little kids take. :)

Thanks for stopping by my blog!

Danielle said...

Great combo of beauty and humor! I enjoyed your post! The asphalt looks to be in good shape :)

fishing guy said...

Karen: Neat clouds and I did see the dog. Love the story of the street photo.

Ebie said...

Your clouds are so dramatic and I see some whites up in the mountains. We are missing some rainfall here too. The other day, there were two simultaneous brush fires.

Tammie Lee said...

Fantastic photos of an amazing sky. When the sky is like that I simply want to be outside taking them in! Wishing you rain, rain with out lightening.

Reader Wil said...

There's hidden a little photographer in your 8yr old! LOL. Thanks for your visit! Have a great Whitsunday!

RuneE said...

Our sky very often has the same colour as that road, so it might be called highly relevant...

Luiz Ramos said...

Great shots and text.
Congratulations.
Luiz Ramos

Donna said...

I found the dog!!Haha...Nice shots! Especially the third one!Hahaa....too funny.

Grace and Bradley said...

I like your cloud shot. But dry lightening and wild fire. That is a bad combination. I am glade that you did not see it this time.

Small City Scenes said...

I loves clouds too. Your shots are wonderful.

Ps. I do like you explanation for the road pic. LOL MB

2sweetnsaxy said...

Beautiful sky shots of the clouds. White puffy clouds always look so beautiful against that lovely blue of the sky.

wncmountainliving said...

Great cloud shots and especially love the story of your last photo!

Syaa_Fiqq said...

Interesting post. Your sky photos are awesome. The road also not bad. Have a nice day..

storyteller said...

Wonderful sky series ... wish you could send some of them our way to drop some rain here in So Cal! Methinks your 8 year old has an interesting perspective ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Wren said...

It's great to see a future skywatcher practicing her photography. She has the right instincts, even if her technique needs a little work.

The Explorer said...

Lovely clouds

Thanks for dropping by

Frans54 said...

Due to some busy times only now i get to taking a look at other SWF participants. I also like clouds: they give you a lot more variety to take pictures of than clear blue skies (and a chance to use your imagination)

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