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Clouds-that-look-like-things Volume II

Clouds-that-look-like-things Volume II

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This topic contains 72 replies, has 7 voices, and was last updated by Hans Stocker Hans Stocker 1 day, 12 hours ago.

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  • #306828
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Keelin ended the first thread for Clouds-that-look-like-things (started by Ramona with an elephant) with the ingenious Mouse Witch With Wand.

    So the size of the creatures presented in the first volume of Clouds-that-look-like-things has considerably diminished, but evidently not the magical powers. Please watch out for the spells this mouse might cast around. The winds already betray unrest in the sky so watch the direction of the winds carefully. I hope the winds will carry a lot of new things that look like clouds (?).

    2018-11 Wolken_0044-2

    Weathercock

     

  • #307025
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Thank you for casting the first spell, Hans, with a clever and regal looking Weathercock pointing the way. May the magic and mischief continue in all directions.

    IMG_1464__She Tired To Block The WindShe Tried To Block The Wind To Ease Her Feathered Friend’s Flight

  • #307119
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Great vision and title Keelin. The feathered friends will be very pleased (as I  am), but the dogs started barking alarmed by so much pure magic in the air.

    2018-11 Wolken_0036-3

  • #307194
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Every morning, I read comments to the CAS forum (delivered via email) before viewing the images online. And I must tell you, Hans, I couldn’t help but start smiling in anticipation when I read about the dogs barking. While I’ve come to expect clever replies from you (especially on this Looks-Like topic), sometimes I just have to laugh out loud when the image appears. That pack of pups is so perfect — and beyond funny!

    And now…

    IMG_1071__The Chase Is OnThe Chase is On

  • #307350
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Thank you very much Keelin for compliments. And thank you also for your own clever replies. They are all part of the fun in my opinion. I find a a great pleasure to check the forum every morning for new imaginative stories and lovely pictures.

    And yes, The Chase Is On. I can see the dogs running and hunting. Guess who is about to be found? He has chosen the water again, supposedly to mislead the barking dogs.

    2018-09 Charigny_0230-2

    Billy Chooses To Flee Swimming

  • #307814
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    It’s reassuring to see Billy in such excellent form, Hans. And he should have no worries (despite his mischievous reputation). No doubt he has made several friends during his capricious crossings of the pond. Here is one who awaits a reunion.

    IMG_1192_Just Ducky_croppedJust Ducky

  • #309653
    Don
    Don
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    dHatfield_42854Many years ago, I had an aunt who lived in a very poor neighborhood here in Dallas, Texas. She had a houseful (around 30) of cats, each with their own name. And one dog, who she called “puppy dog”.

    I finally found the spirit of that dog in the sky. Thanks for the memories “Auntie”.

    Don

     

  • #310170
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    What a perfect pup to fetch the sweet memory of your auntie, Don. I wouldn’t be surprised if you found all 30 of her cats as well. It can be a veritable zoo up there.

    Below, a cloud fellow contemplates the fate of a polar bear, as fragile in the heavens as it is here on earth.

    IMG_1491_Polar Bear

  • #316229
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    For too long no thingies.

    The puppie dog by Don is a marvelous tribute to his Auntie. And yes the sky can be a true zoo Keelin. Great polar bear you captured. Although fierce and powerful, unfortunately also fragile. I hope the climate-tide will turn in time for him.

    Sometimes the animals hide so I am still looking for species.

    2018-09 Charigny_0119-2

    On My Flying Carpet

  • #316852
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Looks like you’re in (or on) for a smooth ride, Hans! Can’t wait to see what you’ll see next. Meanwhile, I’ll be traveling via Dreamland Express. Funny how, since joining the CAS, I’ve become more aware of skyscapes in that other wondrous world as well.

    IMG_1002_Just Need To Fluff Up My Cloud PillowJust Need To Fluff Up My Cloud Pillow

  • #320934
    Hans Stocker
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    Same applies to me Keelin. And that is a nice pillow to rest our weary heads on.

    2018-12 Wolken_0047-3

    Thank you René, ceci n’est pas un pipe

  • #321051
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Very clever and funny, Hans! I can imagine Monsieur Magritte might also have something to say about a certain moonlit portrait…

    IMG_0473_Young BillyCeci n’est pas jeune Billy

  • #321345
    neilsgti16v
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    I can’t put my finger on why, but I don’t like the practice of comparing clouds to things, somehow demeans the clouds, anyway heres a dragon!!

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  • #321368
    Hans Stocker
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    I understand your point Neils, but luckily it did not withhold you from posting this very nice dragon. Without the comparison with a dragon this is already a very fine picture and composition. Thinking about your point of view I accept every cloud as it is, but sometimes they try to disguise a bit and play with our fantasies.

    I recently spotted this Sky Insect

    2018-12 Wolken_0066-2

  • #322303
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    A warm welcome to the forum, Neil! And thank you for sharing your first posting with us here. I hope we see more from you too. As Hans noted, it is a splendid cloud photo regardless of paraidolic associations. To my eye, of course, there is an immediate and unmistakable resemblance to Puff the Magic Dragon, which only enhances my enjoyment of it. Some people seem to have an irresistable tendency to see the familiar in the vaguest of shapes. Perhaps it is an inherited trait? It can also be surprisingly amusing when the eye is drawn to a portion of cloud and suddenly something blooms in one’s mind or memory. Like Hans’s lively Sky Insect. Wherever might it be heading?

    IMG_0969_One Might WonderOne Might Wonder

  • #322560
    Hans Stocker
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    Well Keelin. I did wonder indeed, but eventually the face appeared and I thought how is it possible I had to look for it first. Very nice. And now he seems to be a friendly version of the violent white orc from the Lord Of The Rings. Or even a cloudy version of cubistic art! I hope pareidolia is harmless….

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    Celestial Squid

  • #322631
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Indeed, it is so, Hans. Sometimes it takes a few moments with eyes relaxed, and then, as you’ve noted, what is seen cannot be unseen. And yet, while the cloud is still in its sea of sky, it may morph into something else entirely. By the time your splendid Celestial Squid crosses the pond, who knows what will be seen…

    IMG_0730_On Close ExaminationOn Close Examination

  • #322725
    Hans Stocker
    Hans Stocker
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    Yes Keelin, who knows what will be seen On Close Examination. Although pareidolia might not have to be stimulated ………

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    Magic Mushroom?

  • #322910
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Downright trippy, Hans!

    While the caterpillar crawled down from his mushroom perch to chat with a nearby flower, Alice sought to make sense of his remarks and figure out what was what and which side was which.

    IMG_0495_CaterpillarGo Ask Alice

  • #323607
    Hans Stocker
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    Very nice Keelin. I really had to laugh about your reply. I wanted to ask Alice about like you suggested, but got stuck in the rabbit hole. I maybe had too much rarebit?

  • #323880
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Well, I don’t know if Alice could give an explanation of this one, Hans…

    IMG_0108_Is It Obtuse?Is It Obtuse?

  • #325097
    Hans Stocker
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    I don´t know Keelin whether it is obtuse Keelin. I think Miro was there. Very nice.

    Alice entered the year 2019 and the mad Hatter must have had a hand in next one.

    2018-09 Charigny_0222-3

    And The Mask Was Also There

  • #325655
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Could it be The Mask gave him a fright? Why whatever is the matter, my dear Mad Hatter?

    IMG_1797_Unhatted HatterUnhatted Hatter

  • #325844
    Hans Stocker
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    The other way around, I should say. That’s a Unhatted Hatter that might give the Mask the fright, Keelin. Great capture, love it!

    • #326951
      Keelin
      Keelin
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      Thanks, Hans, and truth be told, Unheated Hatter is rotated 90˚ from original orientation — enough to make one’s own hat fall off, I dare say.

  • #326952
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    I’ve heard a rumor here in Napa that Goddess Diana was recently seen in the Valley of the Moon (as neighboring Sonoma is often called). She thought she might have left something behind and is now, of course, on the hunt, shall we say.

    IMG_1816_Has Anyone Seen My Quiver?Has anyone seen my quiver?

    PS: The cloud photo above is just as I saw it — really quite odd with nothing else like it anywhere else in the sky.

  • #327261
    Don
    Don
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    DH_42854

     

    Lots of lost stuff in the sky, Keelin –

    I think Luke Skywalker lost his light saber over Dallas . . . .

  • #327486
    Hans Stocker
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    Very spooky this hunting goddess Diana Keelin! I think she will be able to handle the saber sword Don captured with agility.

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    New Found Deep Sea Species

     

  • #327725
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Love your New Found Deep Sea Species, Hans. Mystical and magical! It think the creature below has been hoping to find a kindred spirit for quite some time.

    IMG_1615_So Glad To Meet YouSo Glad To Meet You

  • #328010
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    hygge
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    This cirrus intortus is the January picture in the CAS 2019 Calendar. The spotter’s caption says ‘……The sky appeared to me as a wonderfully chaotic landscape full of imaginary creatures. What do you see?’

    So, what does the Forum see, I wonder?

    The Cloud Appreciation Society

    A disguised, yet to be announced sports car, came to my mind, but that’s silly.

  • #328031
    Keelin
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    A fantastic capture of Cirrus intortus! What I cannot help but see is some kind of Serious Tortoise (sorry, couldn’t resist) walking along the shoreline, a windswept wave in the upper left and a sandy beach in the lower right. A splendid illustration of the evolutionary process with feathers sprouting along the back edge prompting the beginnings of a wide tail. The zippered compartment at his head and shoulders should offer an alternative to retreating into his shell. Not sure what purpose that horn will serve. Your guess is as good as mine at this point.

    Really a remarkable sighting!

    • #328165
      Hans Stocker
      Hans Stocker
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      And really a remarkable analysis Keelin! No one can do this better than you did. Pareidolia at its best for sure. It is a joy to read what you see.

    • #328599
      Keelin
      Keelin
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      Meant to add this note of acknowledgement: The CAS January 2019 calendar photo was taken by Dave Groom (member 45,873), who wrote that he spotted it “on a particularly blustery day” over Worthing, Sussex, England. Thank you, Dave, for braving the wild winds and capturing such a splendid image! What creatures did you see? I imagine they continued to shape-shift during your walk along the coast.

  • #328349
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Danke je, Hans! I also like Hygge’s vision of a concept car ~~ a wild ride that would be!

    Now, for a smoother ride…

    IMG_2490_Swan Ride

     

  • #329597
    Hans Stocker
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    Now for a smoother ride, Keelin? I see an elegantly swimming swan. Love it! But … are you intending to take a ride on a swan?

    I was looking for new candidates for this thread, but all I can find is an old one that looks like something but I don’t know what.

    2016-09 France_0069 uitsnede c nv klein

    A flying head accompanied by some small spaceships?

  • #329945
    Keelin
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    Well, I’m not completely sure about this, Hans, but the flying head might have been attached to a fleeing cloud creature from this side of the pond. And those spaceships would have come in handy! If this is what took place, I’m confident the escapee will regenerate. That beautiful iridescence holds so much promise.

    IMG_0884_Gonna Get You!

  • #330123
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    hygge
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    Hans, I think it was you mentioned your fondness for pareidolia. I was intrigued to hear Dr Hannah Fry (q.v.) say the reason for it was the instinct to look at a pattern on the ground in case it warned of imminent danger.

    P.S.  Keelin, Fry is a mathematician.

  • #330161
    Hans Stocker
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    Haha Hygge, no danger will be unnoticed. Not on the ground nor in the sky! Keelin’s last post shows a strikingly well resembling pareidolic cloud-man watching for patterns around him in the sky.

  • #330256
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Ah! I’d not heard of that reason for pattern seeking, nor of Dr. Hannah Fry, so thank you, Hygge. As Hans has oft noted: once seen, unseen cannot be! And the old adage comes now to mind that, at least at times, we see what we want to see. Happy Valentine’s Day to all!

    IMG_2216_Love Is In The AirLove Is In The Air

  • #330999
    Hans Stocker
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    That was a well timed heart in the sky Keelin. Love it.

    2017-02-03 Semur_0069 uitsnede asr klein

    Some Spectators Came To Find Out More About It….

  • #331756
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Love the sense of reaching to explore and the beautiful color you’ve captured here, Hans. The Spectators appear eager. I hope they found what they were searching for before moving on.

    IMG_2527_One Left A FootprintOne Left A Footprint

  • #332537
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Truly subtle, but as you say, Hans, once seen…!

    Aeolus RevealedAeolus Revealed

  • #332771
    Hans Stocker
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    Ah! Thank you very much Keelin for revealing this mystery for me. I won´t  unsee Aeolus anymore indeed. Love the Footprint above too!

    Next a cloudy portrait of

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    Woody Woodpecker

  • #332940
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    You’re so welcome, Hans! Woody looks like a fast flyer there. Could he be heading to a feast on Fat Tuesday?

    IMG_5431_Mardi Gras MaskMardi Gras Mask

  • #346828
    Hans Stocker
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    For too long there were no thingies on this thread. Woody had his Mardi Gras, yes with Mask!,  and now other birds are there to participate the procession.

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    Bathing Duck

  • #347090
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Yes indeed, Hans, all are welcome to join the procession! While your Bathing Duck will have clean feathers, the parader below might prefer a mud bath. He was spotted just outside the window on my flight to Kittredge a couple of weeks ago.

    DumboDumbo Flight

  • #347141
    Keelin
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    Apparently, some clouds just can’t resist being nosy, wandering and wondering…

    who knowsWho Knows?

  • #347153
    Hans Stocker
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    It must have been great to have Dumbo accompanying your flight Keelin! And an ingenious nosy cloud you spotted. I really had to laugh about it.

  • #349202
    Keelin
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    It was indeed a treat to find Dumbo casually flying alongside, Hans. I suspect he may have been looking for some of those peanuts the airlines hand out.

    Another nice surprise appeared when I awoke one night here in Kittredge. It felt like quite the benevolent presence. Someone to watch over me?

    Moon Griffen

    Moonlit Griffin

     

     

     

  • #351657
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Home again… :)

    IMG_3251_You Are HereYou Are Here

  • #353009
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Congratulations on your “moth-eaten” Cloud of the Day, Hans! Depending on how hungry one is while observing the image, it might also appear as a delicious cloud cannelloni. Yum! I imagine you will always remember where you were when you took this series, recalling now a similar one you shared with us on the B&W topic a couple of mo(n)ths back, which was also mesmerizing.

    IMG_4410_What He Saw From The Window Held Him SpellboundWhat He Saw From The Window Held Him Spellbound

     

     

  • #353171
    Hans Stocker
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    Thank you Keelin. And you have a good memory. Indeed I used one of the series moth eaten fingers in the Black & White Thread XIII.

    I was some time away and without internet facilities except for what I can see on my phone. Every day surprises on the Forum! To begin with the surprises you posted in this thread. First a Moonlit Griffin and then You Are Here. You Are Here is brilliant. I had to think a bit at first sight ( I have to admit) but then the picture points it out itself. And I don´t need to look out of my window to get Spellbound watching your last one. Even more fantastic! It is also an enchanting composition. A bit creepy alien ready for battle, but his look in wonder softens it all. Love it!

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    Backbone

  • #353823
    Keelin
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    Thank you, Hans! So delighted to know you enjoyed the recent testings of your pareidolia prowess. I can only imagine what kind of cloud creature that backbone you found might belong to. It is worthy of something fantastical.

    And who’s to say from whence came the tooth below? I suppose it matters not to the Tooth Fairy who will still offer some reward. Let’s just hope another will grow in its place.

    IMG_0033_A Visit From The ToothfairyA Visit From The Tooth Fairy

  • #353965
    Hans Stocker
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    Your capture of the Tooth Fairy tells a true fairytale Keelin. We can watch her doing her good works. And although the Tooth Fairy does not matter to whom the tooth belonged, I think I found the creature that might have lost one of his or hers teeth and it might also be the one that is related to the species of which I found the backbone……

    2019-06 Charigny_0137-2

    A Friendly Dragon

  • #354665
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Your Friendly Dragon is adorable, Hans! How do you suppose such a magical creature might lose a tooth? Could it be the result of biting down on an unpopped cloud corn kernel? There were a few amongst what dotted the sky on my flight home from Colorado.

    If you look in the upper right corner, you might see an anteater, perhaps hoping to try a tasty new treat. He may also have been hoping the wee elephant in the mid-ground wouldn’t toss it all in his trunk.

    IMG_4394_Sky SnackersCloud Snackers

  • #354750
    Hans Stocker
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    Ha, great Cloud Snackers this anteater and wee elephant, Keelin!

    And congrats with you CHA on the gallery. I love those bright colors in the sky.

  • #354898
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Danke je, Hans! And look who I found just yesterday while combing through a cache of cloud photos here. ’Tis another wee character who could be related to your Friendly Dragon. If so, he or she is to be commended for bravery, having crossed the pond at such an apparently young age.

    IMG_2846_Wee Friendly DragonWee Friendly Dragon

  • #355435
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Remember that alien fellow (six images up) who appeared riveted by whatever he was seeing outside his window? Apparently, that wasn’t the end of the story.

    …and then he phoned his friend.

    IMG_2989_Hello?Hello?

  • #356805
    Davy Thwaites
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    Unicorn over the car park at Apple European HQ, Cork City.

    3F3FD9AA-D017-41CD-A89B-18A8DD6AE5592B06AC97-0D58-44AD-A826-C59AA372F7AB

  • #356959
    Hans Stocker
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    Great capture Davy! Your unicorn is prancing. Thanks for sharing.

    Keelin, your alien fellow is ingenious. The story asks for a follow-up, which I don’t have (yet) unfortunately. I will search the sky.

     

  • #357074
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Thanks for sharing the magical moment of a unicorn spotting, Davy. They are a rare breed indeed.

    And Hans, I have no doubt the aliens will be seeking you out to continue their story. They are an adventurous lot and I suspect will have no trouble spotting you across the pond.

    Meanwhile, the image below tells a different story…

    IMG_4787_Polar Bear Coming Up For AirPolar Bear Coming Up For Air

  • #357137
    Hans Stocker
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    A fantastic swimming Polar Bear Keelin. Some breath is needed being already endangered.

    I will watch the sky for our alien fellow …

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    An Open eye

  • #357208
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    And they will be watching you! IMG_4667_Halo Eye

  • #357212
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Meanwhile, an even bigger breath is being sought as hope for a better future goes out to all endangered.

    IMG_2970_Beneath The FloeBeneath The Floe

  • #357359
    Hans Stocker
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    For sure Keelin.

    Beneath The Floe is just what is says. Great image.

  • #358003
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Who would have guessed the summer sky would hold a County Fair?

    IMG_3935_Cloud Eating ContestCompetitors In The Cloud Eating Contest

  • #361902
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    IMG_4848_Impressionistic SwanImpressionistic Swan

  • #362637
    Hans Stocker
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    An elegant swan indeed Keelin.

    Did you hear what happened yesterday dear neighbor?

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    Or Is It Just Gossip?

  • #362932
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    Hilarious, Hans! No doubt there’s a colorful cloud story to be told. I can’t wait to hear what you heard with your ear tuned to the sky.

    IMG_3933_How Rumors SpreadHow Rumors Spread

  • #363077
    Hans Stocker
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    I am not sure I see what you intended Keelin, but I perceive the features of Bugs Bunny hurrying to go tell anyone who wants to listen. A story about telling stories. Very funny.

  • #363124
    Keelin
    Keelin
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    And now I see the Bugs you’ve conjured with your keen eyes, Hans! But earlier, I think it was the head shapes in your gossipers that set my pareidolia hopping in a different direction. Admittedly a bit obscure, but as you know, once seen (or heard?)…

    IMG_3933_How Rumors Spread_revealed…And Then…

     

  • #363450
    Hans Stocker
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    Fantastic Keelin!. There are so many shapes to give shape in one’s mind. Love it!

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