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Sionnach le Fey
May 5th, 2008, 04:02 PM
Yup, clouds.

Cumulus, stratus, cirrus, nimbus, cumulonimbus, nimbostratus...what are your thoughts on those fluffy things in the sky?

Personally, I love 'em. I find them so inspiring. Since I started exploring the Pantheist path, I've become obsessed with watching clouds; their shapes, sizes, colours, the patterns they make in the sky...

I once heard them described as 'Nature's poetry', which I couldn't agree with more.

What do you guys think? Fancy appreciating the beauty of clouds with me? :hahugh:

http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z99/booksoul/Clouds_by_dav71.jpg http://i188.photobucket.com/albums/z99/booksoul/Clouds_by_Nidveg.jpg

RavenStars
May 6th, 2008, 02:22 AM
Long, long ago, while I was trying on graduate school for size, I would sit on the bench waiting for the bus and worship clouds. This was Tucson, Arizona, and they have the best lighting, too. I hadn't thought about that memory in awhile. Now I know what I was doing sitting there with my head back. Clouds. They mostly have stratus here. Wow.

TygerTyger
May 6th, 2008, 03:14 AM
Phew, what a relief to discover that watching clouds is not the occupation of a sad lonely individual!

I love watching clouds but I don't know one from the other, I just enjoy watching them form and move. I particularly like storm clouds, I am fascinated by the dramatic face of nature.

Unfortunately the sky outside my window is a boring blue! Bring on the clouds I say!

Sionnach le Fey
May 6th, 2008, 10:52 AM
Unfortunately the sky outside my window is a boring blue! Bring on the clouds I say!

Ha, that's the problem I'm having. The lovely sunny, summery weather we're having is great, except for the lack of clouds!

It's strange, I used to love just sitting around on the grass on a nice day and watching them roll by, but never really thought about them much or appreciated them enough.

I've just gone cloud crazy, to be honest lol 8O I made a conscious decision a while ago to explore the elements more, and air jumped out at me first. It was the element I hadn't yet 'bonded' with and had the least connection.

Windsmith
May 6th, 2008, 05:36 PM
Back at the beginning of the year, I decided to study natural weather prediction - using the behavior of animals, plants, and such to predict the weather. I slacked quite a bit during the cold weather, but I'm anxious to get back to it.

Clouds are the best. Clouds can tell you anything you want to know about the weather that's coming, if you know what to look for. And they are gorgeous. A mackerel sky (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Mackerelskylincolnshire.jpg) is my favorite. They just seem to go on forever.

RavenStars
May 7th, 2008, 02:40 AM
Yeah, you really can't talk about clouds without talking about weather. I grew up on the desert and we had 365 days a year of blue skies. Whenever we got anything other than cirrus all hell would break loose ;) People didn't go to work or school when it really rained or snowed even a little bit (about every 5-10 years)---seriously!

Anyway, my favorite cloud is lenticular:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080416.html
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050821.html

Mount Shasta north-east of here gets some really incredible ones! They just seem so impossible.

But I also have a thing for lightning so really juicy cumulonimbus make the grade! Driving from Santa Fe north along the front range of the rockies there were most incredible storm clouds just rushing and roaring, we had ringside seats!
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cumulonimbus

I feel like I'm showing baby pictures or something! :lol:

TygerTyger
May 7th, 2008, 03:26 AM
The cloud report from Yorkshire is yet another boring blue sky!

Everyone is commenting on how beautiful the sunshine is, but I'm stuck in an office looking out of a window so bring on the clouds I say - I'll get some sunshine at the weekend!

LostSheep
May 7th, 2008, 04:22 AM
Sheep too likes interesting looking clouds, and if I can remember how to get into my pictures, i might see if I can find a few.

Windsmith
May 7th, 2008, 05:25 PM
Anyway, my favorite cloud is lenticular:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080416.html
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050821.htmlOh, yes, lenticular clouds are fantastic. Even if every time I read that word, I think, Clouds made of lentils?


Sheep too likes interesting looking clouds, and if I can remember how to get into my pictures, i might see if I can find a few.Clouds are the atmospheric phenomenon that most look like you, Sheep! :weirdsmil

Eleisawolf
May 7th, 2008, 07:13 PM
I love clouds, too. However, I'm astraphobic, so no matter how pretty I think cumulonimbus clouds are, I don't prefer to be under them.

I particularly love what clouds of all kinds do at night. I've attached a picture I really love to demonstrate this. I took several of these pictures on a night when the clouds obscured the full moon, and the results inspire me every time I look at them.

http://dingo.care2.com/pictures/c2c/galleries/albums/31/763238033/214836540/BronzeMoon.jpg

I also took this one during one sunset. It makes me think of the Lord of the Rings... the Tower of Barad-dur with the Eye gazing out over Middle Earth just before the clouds obscured everything...

http://dingo.care2.com/pictures/c2c/galleries/cache/derivative/2/0/2062745.jpg

The open sky of Colorado makes it so easy to take great pictures of clouds...

Peace
:boing:

Rowan Darkmoon
May 7th, 2008, 07:18 PM
I love to watch clouds. Its seems that I've been more aware of them since I started having to commute more. Watching clouds and listening to NPR is my favorite relaxation technique before I go to work in the morning.

Sionnach le Fey
May 8th, 2008, 01:54 AM
Anyway, my favorite cloud is lenticular:
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap080416.html
http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/ap050821.html



Wow, they look so cool! Very pretty :hahugh:

Here's a 'Mammatus' cloud;

http://www.windows.ucar.edu/earth/Atmosphere/images/mammatus4_small.jpg

'Mammatus clouds are pouches of clouds that hang underneath the base of a cloud. They are usually seen with cumulonimbus clouds that produce very strong storms.'

Link (http://www.windows.ucar.edu/tour/link=/earth/Atmosphere/clouds/mammatus.html)

RavenStars
May 8th, 2008, 02:26 AM
Eleisawolf, that's a really, really cool atmospheric shot of the moon and clouds! :nonono:

I love everyone's photos and stories, it's so nice to know that there are all these other cloud worshippers!

TygerTyger
May 8th, 2008, 02:41 AM
Here's your morning update from Cloudwatch Yorkshire; another day of blue skies and sunshine.

Not a cloud to be seen anywhere....dammit!

:sadman:

EvieLee
May 8th, 2008, 03:29 AM
I can't tell whether my sky is clear or just one big cloud at the moment. 8O

I don't know any of the science, I don't know whether we get much of a variation around here, maybe I haven't noticed.

But I love the lovely sunsets that turn the clouds pink and yellow and purple on one side of the sky while the other side of the sky is dark purple and blue, just before the stars come out and all those bitey bugs. That's kind of cross-bred sky/cloud love, isn't it. :giggle:

Sionnach le Fey
May 8th, 2008, 11:03 AM
But I love the lovely sunsets that turn the clouds pink and yellow and purple on one side of the sky while the other side of the sky is dark purple and blue, just before the stars come out and all those bitey bugs. That's kind of cross-bred sky/cloud love, isn't it. :giggle:

I agree! The colours can be spectacular! Especially at sunset.

Update on the local sky: pretty much nothing but blue, with a few wispy clouds here and there. Loving the sunshine, though!

Here's some more unusual cloud formations: Nacreous and Noctilucent clouds.

http://www.primordia.com/blog/archives/images/nacreous_small.jpg http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/d/d7/Noctilucent_clouds_over_saimaa.jpg

'Nacreous and Noctilucent clouds form not in the part of the atmosphere in which we live, but much higher up, in the stratosphere and mesosphere. Both are rare clouds and can only be seen, briefly, at sunrise and sunset when all the other lower clouds are in shadow.'
- From the BBC (http://www.bbc.co.uk/weather/features/understanding/nacreous_noctilucent.shtml)

TygerTyger
May 8th, 2008, 03:20 PM
Whoar!

Clouds!

Yeah baby, yeah!

:heybaby:






Hope we get a few tomorrow because Yorkshire has been uncommonly sunny, which normally I wouldn't mind too much but I've been stuck inside all week so a cloud or two would be nice for me if not for anyone enjoying the sunshine!

aluokaloo
May 8th, 2008, 03:44 PM
what lovely pictures. thanks for sharing.:D

LostSheep
May 8th, 2008, 03:56 PM
here are a few clouds, from sheep's album, "Sheep's Moderately Exciting Pictures". I'll see if I can find some further exciting ones.

http://mysticwicks.com/picture.php?albumid=61&pictureid=946

http://mysticwicks.com/picture.php?albumid=61&pictureid=939

Eleisawolf
May 8th, 2008, 07:00 PM
Sheepy, I love them! The lovely poufs put me in such a calm state of mind...

Thanks.

Peace

Sionnach le Fey
May 9th, 2008, 02:04 AM
Very pretty LostSheep! :uhhuhuh:

TygerTyger
May 9th, 2008, 08:32 AM
The cloud report for Yorkshire is a little changed today.

There were some nice whispy bits of cload floating around this morning and they have been replaced by some rather indistinct, hazy clouds since lunchtime.

Other than that the sun is still shinning and most of the sky is blue.

Pretty boring for coloud watchers actually!

Sionnach le Fey
May 9th, 2008, 10:23 AM
Here in Hampshire, it's been pretty cloudy and hazy today, which made a change from the usual plain sunshine. Not as hot and humid as yesterday. It would have been nice to see more distinct clouds than just a band of white, but hey :)

LostSheep
May 9th, 2008, 10:23 AM
today there are clouds, but they're not particularly interesting.