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In case you do not know, I love textures and patterns. They make for some pretty interesting photos. For today I wanted to share some photos of amazing patterns in the clouds. These were all taken in one day, and I find it amazing that each is so different! Ready to look up?

Here is the first shot looking up. The tree is one of the digger pines.

Looking up

Looking up

Amongst all the bumpy clouds, here is one that is all fanned out.

Fanned out

Fanned out

Bumpy and cottony…

Cottony

Cottony

There is a lot of contrast!

Contrasts

Contrasts

Here you can see that there are layers and depth.

Depth in the clouds

Depth in the clouds

Clouds sure can be amazing! If you have some amazing cloud photos, please leave a comment with a link to your post!

Have a wonderful Wednesday and thank you for taking the time today to drop in!

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This is the time of year here in the Sierra Foothills that we get the thunderclouds in the afternoon. There was dry lightning overnight in the valley, while all was calm here, thankfully! Over the last couple of days I was able to capture some amazing cloud shots that I thought that I would share today!

This bank of clouds, with the tops at about 30,000 feet, was off to our east.

Rolling thunderheads

Rolling thunderheads

Looking closer at this bank of clouds I saw something unusual. Do you see a person in this photo?

Do you see a person?

Do you see a person?

Then there are always faces in the clouds. This face appears to be laughing!

A face in the clouds

A face in the clouds

There can be some amazing contrasts too!

Contrasts

Contrasts

And I even found the Energizer Bunny!

The Energizer Bunny

The Energizer Bunny

As the sun sets there is an amazing display of color!

Sunset

Sunset

We still have the possibility of thunderstorms today. I am hoping that this passes us by! Now go out and have a great start to the week, and thanks for stopping by!

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Those amazing folks over at Let’s Be Wild are doing a photo challenge on clouds this week. Now I ask you, if you take photos, how many cloud photos do you have? I have many! Some would say too many!

So how about a walk in the clouds? Are you ready for a trip through some truly amazing sights? Well then, if you are game, let’s head out!

Flying at 38,000 feet can make you feel like you are in space, especially when the view from the airplane’s window looks like this!

Am I in space?

Am I in space?

Lowering down on that same trip afforded this amazing view of a storm over the ocean!

A storm cloud over the pacific

A storm cloud over the pacific

Rising up high in the air, thunderheads can be majestic.

A massive thunderhead


A massive thunderhead

Or they can be fanciful. Do you see the happy dog in this photo?

Happy Dog!

Happy Dog!

Here is the foothills, as the sky darkens and a storm moves in, the world changes.

Storm clouds over the vineyard

Storm clouds over the vineyard

And there is nothing like the clouds parting, the sun peeking through, the rain coming down, and a rainbow forming!

A break in the storm and a rainbow pops!

A break in the storm and a rainbow pops!

When I see what you will see in this next photo, I always feel like God is shining down on the world.God shines through the cloudsThat is a “God” like view, isn’t it?

Well, thanks for coming along with me on this walk through the clouds! Please do take some time to check out some of the other challenge photos by clicking here!

Have a great Thursday!

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We witnessed the most amazing phenomena in the sky on a recent drive back to our house. There had been some scattered clouds in the sky, nothing unusual at this time of year. When we headed up into the foothills I noticed a couple of anvil shaped clouds that could bring a possibility of thunder and lightning. As we continued up the hill the wind was moving the top of one anvil cloud on the left towards the top of the other anvil cloud on the right. The columns of both clouds were not moving at all, just the tops.

As we got closer to our destination the top of one left cloud merged with the top of the right one creating an “O” in the sky! Not having my camera with me, I used my cell phone camera to catch what is was that we were seeing so that I could share this rare sighting with you! The photos, being from a cell phone camera, are a bit grainy. Ready?

My first shot of the two clouds after they had joined

My first shot of the two clouds after they had joined

Sitting behind the Subaru dealership

Sitting behind the Subaru dealership

As we got closer to it we began to wonder if this was over our house.

Is that over our house?

Is that over our house?

We realized it probably was. Here is one last shot before we drove under the clouds.

It is!

It is!

Have you ever seen anything like this? I would love to hear about your most unusual cloud sighting!

Have a great Thursday, and thank you for visiting today! Stay tuned for my Wild Weekly Photo Challenge post on “New Beginnings!” My camera is ready and I am heading out now to see what I can find that is new in our winter landscape!  Enjoy the day!

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We look up at the sky every day. Some days we have clouds others we do not. When you see the clouds, can you name the types? Over the years I have taken photos of the clouds and have never put names to them until today. So, how about we both take a walk through the clouds to see if we can identify them together!

There are four basic types of clouds. They are Cirro, Nimbo, Cumulo, and Strato. There are also three layers of clouds: High, middle and low. Let’s investigate the particulars of these cloud types shall we?

The Cirro clouds are the thin wispy clouds that we sometimes see in the sky. These clouds are generally higher than 20,000 feet (6,000 meters) up and are made up of ice crystals. We can see rainbows in these clouds when the sun lowers. We can also see the wind direction from these clouds.

Cirrus – see the rainbow?

The Nimbo clouds are rain clouds. These fall in the low range and form between 7,000 to 15,000 feet (2,100 – 4,600 meters) and as the rain approaches the bottom of the cloud lowers.

Nimbus

If you look at the top of the photo above you will see the rain coming down in the dark areas.

The Cumulo clouds look like a column. The base of these clouds look flat and they can reach a height of 60,000 feet (18,000 meters). Here in the foothills we see these before we have thunderstorms. Sometimes at the top you will see the clouds flatten resembling an anvil. These clouds can be found in all three layers.

Cumulo

The Strato clouds blanket the sky. The base of this cloud is very close to the ground making it a lower layer cloud, and sometimes settles to the ground resembling fog.

Strato

Stay tuned as I will be featuring more clouds in the future! Thank you for taking the walk in the clouds with me!

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Come and fly with me! My blogs on this trip will be one day behind! I wanted to share with you some of the photos that I took on our travel day. It was a long one starting out at 7:30 a.m. PST. The trip: 11 hours due to a layover in Honolulu.

I hope that you enjoy the photos!

Storm cloud on takeoff

Over the ocean

Remainder of a Bloody Mary

Newest salt and pepper shaker for my collection

Molokai from the air

Approach to Oahu

Honolulu

If you click on this photo of Honolulu about mid photo on the right you will see the USS Arizona Memorial!

Our trip to Kona had us on the wrong side of the plane for photos. I am not sure where the wind will blow us today. Be sure to tune in later as I take you around the Island of Hawai’i!

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I grabbed my steaming hot cup of french roast this morning, and noticing the coloring in the sky, I ventured outside with my camera at the ready! The air is a very cool 39 degrees. A slight breeze blew through the screened in patio room, and I ventured out the door. I thought that maybe you might want to come and join me as I greet the coming day and the rising sun.

Welcoming the new day

Clouds waft in

The sky brightens a bit

The sky is streaked in color

The sky before I venture in to get ready for work

What better way to start the day than this! I know I will be enjoying mine due to such a start, and I hope that you enjoy yours too!

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One thing about living here in the foothills, our sky at times can be quite extraordinary! Check this out for yourself:

Monsoonal Clouds

Thunder Bumpers Forming

Sunset in Winter with a Sliver of the Moon

Full Moon

Lightning!

Rainbow at sunset

Sunbeams

I hope that you enjoyed the photos!

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