Thursday, 25 June 2009

Skywatch Friday - Clouds and Reflections



Reflections fascinate me. They reflect back the world around us and often turn otherwise ordinary objects into things of interest, if not beauty..

(Click on any photo to enlarge)

The blue sky and clouds reflected in a downtown Reno building..


I was walking along the street and happened to glance up at the windows that slanted out, above the street. I rather liked the reflections I saw...


A thunderstorm moving over the top of the Grand Sierra Resort. Clouds are also reflected in the amber windows or the hotel tower..


As a bonus ...my friend Lori snapped this with her camera phone. She happened to glance out the door of her office and saw this cloud which is in the shape of a question mark. I'm not sure how to enlarge it, but you can see the shape of it. Unfortunately it had dispersed by the time she figured out the zoom function ..

I've never seen a cloud in this shape before. Perhaps it was the cloud gods asking 'What's up with the weather lately??' :-)

*UPDATE*

Thank you to Maria at CALM ENERGY or enlarging and sharpening the photo for me..

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35 comments:

Photo Cache said...

I love looking at what's reflected on the now many glass buildings.

Calm Energy said...

Hi!
Aren't you glad that architects and engineers are planning buildings like this now!?!
Makes the thought of a high rise a little nicer :)
Ciao for now ~Maria

Calm Energy said...

ps. the question mark cloud is very cool! Maria

Guy D said...

I've always loved reflections on glass buildings, great pics.

Have a nice weekend
Guy
Regina In Pictures

SandyCarlson said...

Reflections can alter perceptions and intensify experiences. I enjoyed your post.

Calm Energy said...

Hi again :)
I enlarged the question mark cloud for you ... it's at the bottom of my blog... scroll all the way down
... I also used an HP program to sharpen it a little.
~Maria

Marja said...

like reflections what a nice dramatic one that darker picture. That's indeed a lucky shot with the question mark

Sally in WA said...

Great reflections of the sky. And the question mark cloud is definitely a keeper.

Chris H said...

Love the first photo!

And the ? cloud... could be 'someone' saying "Hey, two icons died today and are heading upwards, what's with that?????
*shrugging shoulders*

Ahhh weird.

Ida said...

Great series!
Beautiful reflection. :)

Arlene said...

Great shots you have here Karen. I love that sky view through the building and i love the dreamy look with the thunderstorm.

And yes i can see the what your friend saw -- it's interesting!

Happy week-end!

Ebie said...

Karen, those are great cloud formation. Reflections always fascinates me. And I saw that little question mark cloud.Enjoy your weekend!

Ebie said...

Oh! Thanks to Maria for the enlargement. She did a great job!

Martha Z said...

I, too, enjoy looking at the reflections in buildings. One of the few thinks I like about cities.

Stacie said...

Gorgeous reflections off the building!

Carver said...

Those are all wonderful reflections. I love looking at reflections in buildings too.

Louise said...

Beautiful reflections. I really love the first two.

Vicki ~ FL said...

The first thing I saw when looking at that cloud was a hot air balloon. I love the window photo with the reflections. I've been out of town so couldn't thank you for your visit to my Camera Critter blog until now.

mamapippas said...

A question mark cloud, that's funny. Beautiful photos !

Steffi said...

Great photo´s ,Karen!Your last two pics looks very interesting!
Thank you for sharing and have a nice weekend!

gwendolen said...

Love the reflections. The question mark .... hmz

NicoleB said...

I love your collection.
Nr 1 and 3 are gorgeous finds.
And the question mark is just awesome :)!

SquirrelQueen said...

Maybe the question mark was done by a plane, sky writing?

I love the reflections in the glass, beautiful.

SQ

tapirgal said...

I agree, reflections are fun! I've been thinking about them a lot lately. Thanks for visiting :) I especially liked your second one.

Wren said...

The reflections in the glass are spectacular, but the question mark cloud is the most unusual skywatch I've seen.

earthtoholly said...

Hi Karen and thanks for stopping by and commenting.

Great photos. I also love reflections, especially in those tall glass buildings. And a beautiful sky in your third shot...happy SWF!

FA said...

Creative Skywatch! The reflections in the building are amazing. Thanks for visiting my skies. I like your blog - I'll be back!

Judy said...

Amber glass and storm clouds - so moody. Me likes!!!

Luke Wiley said...

A question mark cloud....amazing! nice shots!

Reader Wil said...

I always like reflections! Yours are great. I enlarged your photo and it was very good.
Thanks for your green balloons! You might be right about the white balloon: it's a spying instrument to see what is going on in the bedroom! Ha, ha.. lol.

fourwindsphotojournal said...

What nice reflections! The storm shot is my favorite.
And, that question mark is great.

Sanna said...

That's funny, how the cloud was shaped that way. =) Nice photos.

Janie said...

The question mark cloud certainly is curious (pun intended.) Great reflections, too!

storyteller's other blog said...

Wonderful reflections of the sky in these windows!!! As for the cloud formation ... I have no clue but it's definitely kewl ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

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