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Pictures of the Clouds

Nikon D40 with standard kit lensImage via WikipediaI love clouds and trees, but especially clouds. I have a nice Nikon D40 SLR and so sometimes I sit out on my deck and look up and shoot. I like the puffy clouds mostly, but I think all sorts of clouds are interesting. I just like the shapes and the white and shades of gray against the blue sky. I like the difference in how the sun at different points in the sky illuminates the clouds. But unlike other interests I have where I like to study and learn the specifics about a thing or a discipline (e.g. birding and the study of trees), my fascination with clouds is emotional, and I consider them the coolest of nature's art.

I paint and sketch (every once in a while) and I've always wanted to paint landscapes with beautiful clouds, abstract, impressionistic or otherwise. In my mind I've imagined how I might paint clouds, and I do this specifically when I am driving or walking about and looking up at the clouds, imagining how one could capture the light, the color and the texture.

I have a passion for light. I can become elated or depressed depending on how light reflects and illuminates things in nature or in man made structures, or even my living room and bedroom. Many times in the early spring or autumn, the way the light lies low in the sky and casts a golden hue against the leaves of trees and how the shadows loom long and thin over the earth, I can sit for hours watching it.

At home when ceiling lights are on it becomes too much. In my cozy den where I read books and play with my Mac, I love to just bask in the diffuse yellow glow of a few well placed lamps. It's all I really need.


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