Monday, July 6, 2009

Summer Pleasures # 4 - Cloud watching ......

I have always loved to lie on a chaise or in the hammock and watch the clouds. They are constantly changing and morphing into new and unique shapes. Some will simply disappear and new ones will form. They move across the sky in varying speeds and directions. It's fun to imagine what the various shapes resemble.
When we were kids, we would go to the creek behind my grandmother's house every afternoon in the summertime. There we would remove our shoes and go wading in the water. We had strict orders not to get our clothes wet. Almost every day someone would "accidentally" fall into the water and before long all of us were wet. On the way home, we would stop in the pasture and lie on our backs in the sun to dry. While drying, we would examine the clouds and imagine all sorts of things in the shapes. We could make up stories using the clouds as characters. If a thunderstorm was brewing, it was fun to watch the clouds get dark and angry looking. Ever since then, cloud watching has been a summer traditon for me.


Gilly said...

And were your mothers ever fooled into thinking your clothes had not got wet??

I love clouds too, though we have far too many of the solid overcast grey in this country!!

Big black thunder clouds are very interesting to watch too - only don't leave it too late watching outside!!

Kathy said...

I love watching clouds, too. One of my favorite memories is flying above them out of Phoenix one time. There were storms brewing and the clouds looked so much like kingdoms --everywhere I looked!
Who sang "I've looked at love from both sides's vast illusions I recall, I really don't know clouds at all..."?

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

We thought we were getting away with jumping in the creek, but I'm sure Mom knew.

I believe that is Joni Mitchell's song "Both Sides Now". I like the first verse:

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

Brit Gal Sarah said...

This is one of my fave pastimes too when it's less hot than it is now - 110 today!

The Hubster is highly entertained by my taking cloud piccies.

Becky Mushko said...

I love to cloud watch, too. That's why I have so many sky pictures on my blog.