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Hueco Tanks State Park, El Paso County, Texas; November 9, 2016.
They know how to do clouds out there.
© 2017 Steven Schwartzman
Written by Steve Schwartzman
January 18, 2017 at 4:54 AM
Posted in nature photography
Tagged with abstract, clouds, landscape, sky, Texas
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What a neat reversal. Often, it’s the clouds that undulate and the rock strata that seem solid. Hueco Tanks is another of those places where geology and human history met, although from my reading it seems people came here less for the view (of enemies, prey, etc.) than to gather water. Were you able to take one of the tours and see the rock art?
January 18, 2017 at 5:44 AM
Yes, we took a two-hour tour that included a little of the rock art at Hueco Tanks. After what we saw at Valley of Fire in Nevada and what we’d seen years earlier at Seminole Canyon in Trans-Pecos Texas and some other places, the petroglyphs at Hueco Tanks struck me as unimpressive. Our guide said there’s plenty more at a nearby location that he also offers to take people to, but that will have to wait for a future trip. The clouds that day, from El Paso to Hueco Tanks, became the big attraction.
Hueco is the Spanish word for ‘hollow,’ and in this case you’re correct that people relied on water that accumulates in the hollows of some of the rocks there.
January 18, 2017 at 7:08 AM
This reminds me of how frost weed looks
January 18, 2017 at 5:57 AM
That’s an excellent comparison, one that never occurred to me. I wonder if there were any ice crystals in those clouds.
January 18, 2017 at 7:35 AM
Wouldn’t it be neat if there were?
January 19, 2017 at 8:50 AM
Scientists probably know the answer, but I’m not about to go up in a balloon to find out. I’m quite happy to stay down here looking and taking pictures.
January 19, 2017 at 9:03 AM
Me too. Sometimes I ask myself if I should be going out and having more adventures like ballooning….and I think, NOPE! I’m happy with my feet on the ground. Or in water 🙂
January 21, 2017 at 7:45 AM
I don’t crave the kinds of physical adventures that some people do. As someone who grew up with books, I’ve ended up spending more time trekking about in nature than I ever expected to.
January 21, 2017 at 7:56 AM
That is a happy outcome.
January 21, 2017 at 8:03 AM
Generally so, although it’s been hard on my skin.
January 21, 2017 at 8:36 AM
The page linked in a comment below,
indicates that cirrus clouds are always composed of ice crystals. The clouds shown in my post seem to be cirrostratus, so there’s a cirrus element.
January 22, 2017 at 11:10 PM
Looks like someone pulled a pallet knife across the sky!
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January 18, 2017 at 8:01 AM
It takes a painter to come up with that graphic metaphor.
January 18, 2017 at 9:27 AM
Very cool, Steve.
January 18, 2017 at 1:56 PM
You’d have had a great time with the clouds that morning. There were also good formations other than this one.
January 18, 2017 at 2:12 PM
What a sky! Fabulous.
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January 18, 2017 at 11:26 PM
I saw fabulous clouds for several hours that morning. What fun!
January 18, 2017 at 11:58 PM
I love clouds, and skies in general. Watching them gives me such a sense of peace.
January 19, 2017 at 12:19 AM
Then the American Southwest is a place you’ll have to visit, hopefully when the desert sky isn’t a clear blue.
January 19, 2017 at 7:11 AM
It’s on the list! Yes, clear skies, although beautiful simply don’t have the interest that clouds provide.
January 19, 2017 at 5:55 PM
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January 19, 2017 at 5:02 AM
Very nice! Love skyscapes!
January 20, 2017 at 7:24 AM
Me too, and I had some excellent ones that day. It’s one of the joys of traveling
January 20, 2017 at 8:27 AM
I’m a cloud person .. this is so good! I love the way the focus is on clouds and yet the mountains hint at grandeur 😃
January 21, 2017 at 3:37 PM
That’s just how I wanted people to see it: “the way the focus is on clouds and yet the mountains hint at grandeur.” It was the best morning for clouds in the whole trip.
January 21, 2017 at 3:57 PM
Nice capture, Steve! I love cloudscapes.
You might like this NOAA link to cloud types.
January 22, 2017 at 10:04 PM
Thanks for the link. I found the information there quite useful. I didn’t know that “Cirrus clouds are always composed of ice crystals, and their transparent character depends upon the degree of separation of the crystals.”
January 22, 2017 at 11:08 PM
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