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Clouds over central Texas on February 4th

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Sometimes we get wispy clouds. Sometimes we get cottony clouds. Sometimes we get both.

The long tradition of referring to the skies as the heavens leads us to a quotation for today: “Can you see yourselves as spiritual beings having a human experience, rather than human beings who may be having a spiritual experience?” — Wayne Dyer, 1988. (A Quote Investigator article discusses the sentence’s origin and variations in its wording.)

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 11, 2021 at 4:45 AM

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  1. The first looks oceanic.

    Steve Gingold

    February 11, 2021 at 5:02 AM

  2. A rare occurrence in central California ( clouds) . Not sure what we are but goes by fast. I’m glad you took the time to notice the beautiful in the sky.

    Alessandra Chaves

    February 11, 2021 at 8:36 AM

    • Now that surprises me: clouds like these rare in central California. But then over here we don’t often get some kinds of clouds that I see pictures of from other regions. In contrast, probably everyone eventually sees the going by fast that you mentioned.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 12, 2021 at 5:38 AM

  3. Who needs abstract art when nature provides the best pictures of this genre!?

    Peter Klopp

    February 11, 2021 at 8:50 AM

    • I certainly find my share, or more than my share, of abstractions in nature, as you’ve often seen here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 12, 2021 at 5:40 AM

  4. I remember what a revelation it was when I learned that different kinds of clouds form at different levels of the atmosphere, and that wind speeds differ at different heights. It seems obvious now, but it wasn’t always. Those different heights and differing winds certainly are at play here, and beautifully so.


    February 11, 2021 at 9:20 AM

  5. I sure liked these dreamy cloud scenes, Steve, and the quote was wonderful.

    Jet Eliot

    February 11, 2021 at 10:30 AM

  6. Clouds are such a delight of our daily lives. We never know what will present itself. That second image looks as if it was taken from outer space, looking down at earth.

    As a child, I was taught and conditioned to believe life was about finding/living the spiritual experience. Leaving the confines of the rigid beliefs I grew up with I came to discover just the opposite. To me, the human experiences we have bring us to a greater understanding that leads to compassion and love.


    February 11, 2021 at 10:36 AM

    • Ah, then the quotation seems to have been right up your alley. I think I understand where you’re coming from.

      Now we’ve got the kind of a storm that you had and several tree limbs in our yard have come down. Our neighborhood has also been without electricity for most of the day, including now at 8o’clock at night. It’s come on briefly a couple of times only to disappear again. What a day!

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 11, 2021 at 8:04 PM

  7. Love those textures!

    Eliza Waters

    February 11, 2021 at 12:38 PM

  8. I especially love the mixed company clouds keep. We often get days with multi-level of mixed cloud type skies.

    Lavinia Ross

    February 11, 2021 at 1:10 PM

  9. Marvelous images of these beautiful cloud formations! I feel myself turning my head trying to envision the perspective from which you photographed them!

    Birder's Journey

    February 11, 2021 at 9:16 PM

    • One good thing about making abstract cloud pictures like these is that there’s no proper or even obvious orientation. I tilted my head back and aimed mostly straight up, then rotated my body looking for pleasant ways to fill the picture frame. At other times I’ve enjoyed the same freedom from an expected orientation when I’ve aimed down at water surfaces or patches of sand.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 12, 2021 at 6:00 AM

  10. Someone shared this proverb as a comment on a Facebook photo I posted with windswept clouds. “Mares’ tails and mackerel scales make lofty ships to carry low sails.”


    February 19, 2021 at 10:55 AM

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