Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Clouds…looking at clouds from both sides

Posted: April 21, 2015 in Cee's Photo Challenges, Nature, Quotes
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The biggest challenge of this challenge is…which cloud photos do I choose?  I love clouds and I have so many photos. I decided upon one with color and one with all white clouds, but the latter with both low-lying and high flying clouds, near clouds and far clouds.  The first words that came to mind was from my high school days, when Joni Mitchell sang about clouds and love.  There are, however, as many quotes about clouds as there are ways of looking at them, so I chose a few more for my and your enjoyment.

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere,
I’ve looked at clouds that way.

But now they only block the sun,
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done,
But clouds got in my way.

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

~Joni Mitchell

“Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
― Rabindranath Tagore, Stray Birds


“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.”
John Lubbock, The Use Of Life

San Francisco Bay

San Francisco Bay

“Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton… I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations… What do you think you see, Linus?”
“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean… That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor… And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen… I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side…”
“Uh huh… That’s very good… What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”
“Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960
  1. Both beautiful shots, but the San Francisco Bay photo looks good enough to be a gorgeous poster. 🙂

  2. I enjoy your cloud pictures because I am writing a book about skies and looking up. http://www.Wyswoods.Wordpress.com

  3. Cee Neuner says:

    I’ve always liked clouds of all sorts and storms. Your photos are terrific Janet. 🙂

    • I remember some of the first photos I took with my iPad. I was heading home and there was a line of dark clouds approaching. I pulled into the driveway, leaped from the van, and whipped out my iPad. I felt foolish standing in the middle of the street with that enormous thing, but I got some good photos. Never worried about looking foolish after that and often heard people behind me commenting on what good photos the iPad took. 🙂

  4. One of my favorite songs. We were in the top of some restaurant on a visit to SF and sitting high enough we could see the fog clouds crawl up to greet us. A wonderful vision.

  5. Indira says:

    Beautiful cloud photos and the poem is lovely. You are right big question is which photo to choose.

  6. I think of Joni Mitchell too, when I think of clouds. I have a lot of photos of clouds. It is hard to chose which one to use. Love your photos.

  7. Tom Schultz says:

    Superb shot of SF Bay! No doubt Joni M. would be as impressed as I am. 🙂

  8. Cee Neuner says:

    I don’t know why I didn’t think of that song when I put together the challenge. Thanks for playing.

  9. leannenz says:

    Wonderful photos and an excellent collection of quotes excellent quotes!

  10. Norma says:

    They both are great Janet. Oh, I too love clouds – black, white, blue any kind. 🙂