Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Skyscapes and Cloudscapes

In her book, For the Time Being, Annie Dillard writes keen observations about anthropology, religion, culture, death…and clouds.

She quotes written observations of clouds from centuries ago. It seems that always, humans have looked up from their lives in wonder, trying to make sense of the shifting vapor, what it might mean for the present, for the future, how it all got there in the first place, and how it can be ever-new and unpredictable.

The unique atmosphere surrounding beloved Earth supports everything we know as Life. How much do we really know about it?

“I really don’t know Clouds at all.” — Joni Mitchell

“I see the world being slowly transformed into a wilderness; I hear the approaching thunder that, one day, will destroy us too. I feel the suffering of millions. And yet, when I look up at the sky, I somehow feel that everything will change for the better, that this cruelty too shall end, that peace and tranquility will return once more.” — Anne Frank

“Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.”
— Thich Nhat Hahn

“The sky is the daily bread of the eyes.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson

“One can enjoy a rainbow without necessarily forgetting the forces that made it.” — Mark Twain

Thank you, Amy, for challenging us to find Skyscapes and Cloudscapes and offering such beautifully dramatic examples.

24 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Skyscapes and Cloudscapes

  1. Beautiful cloudscape images, Priscilla! The second to the last one is dramatic.
    Love the double rainbow capture especially, what a fabulous view!

  2. Ah the double rainbow – it doesn’t get much better than that Priscilla! Loved the quotes you chose to go with your lovely cloud-filled images this week! Well cone.

  3. I loved all of this…I always say that, don’t I? It is true. You have a gift for placing the right words with the photos that speak to you. Love that you included a reflection of clouds in the lake. A great way to see cloud/skyscapes. My favorite 2 photos are of the gentleman first looking over the ridge and then walking away/towards you. Seemed pretty contemplative. Great capture.

    Thank you for including the Anne Frank quote. Her legacy lives on when we share her words. My daughters’ read her book one summer when we traveled Europe. Of course we visited her home so they could make true sense of the reality. To think…the sky gave her strength. Have a good week.

    • Thanks, Donna, for your thoughtful comments. I have so many stories in my head for each photo, so many pictures in my head for each thought. I like how a theme ties some of them together. 🙂

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