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With this free interpretable definition Hygge started the first volume of cloudscapes:
cloudscape: a picturesque formation of clouds
A nice initiative Hygge. Check the first volume for the way it was interpreted and be surprised by the variety. The first volume finished for example with a lenticular view by Michael and just before that one George posted a fantastic tuba over Hudson bay. Check that one. It looks like the arm of a crane grabbing for something.
I would say:
Life Is A Carnival
Something Virga This Way Comes
Arizona Cloudscape #80
Beautiful beginnings (and clever titles!) above make a splendid launch for Cloudscapes Volume II!Whispers
Lovely Something Virga ans Whispers! Both very delicate.
Flock of Virga
Your Flock of Virga has a wonderful sense of motion, Hans, as if a great migration were taking place, while Lenticularscape conveys a different kind of urgency. Both are splendid images.
Below, I don’t think there was room for one more bit of cloud the sky that day.
Just room enough for one plane to pass by?
After the showers
For me, Hans, your ‘After the showers’ could be a type picture for my idea of a Cloudscape. It was GWW (Granny Weather Witch, a one-time frequent contributor from SW Ireland, and ex- Met Office) who always asked for pictures to include landscape so that she could more readily assess the height of clouds. I find I hanker after that and feel it might differentiate ‘scape from more abstract pictures.
But that is just my thought, and obviously contributors to this thread can submit anything they think fits the bill.
Fantastic photos, Michael and Hans. Both images above have that surreal quality that I so enjoy. In Arizona Cloudscape #81, it’s almost like a landscape, but with ambiguity as to where the land ends and the sky begins, while After The Showers, gives a feeling that my feet are not quite on the ground. Perhaps it’s the nearness of that darker cloud in the upper right corner that is disorienting? Love the feeling of levitation!
Clouds seem to be a good metaphor for subtlety.
That’s a beauty, Michael.
Beautiful subtlety in the three former posts Keelin and Michael!
I am sorry to disturb the subtlety a bit with this…
Your Crescendo hits all the right notes, Hans. It’s a beauty! Below, in all the excitement, I almost missed the sliver of moon and the little winged one.
Oh There They Are!
Yes There They Are, …. almost lost in this extensive cirrus filled cloudscape. Very nice Keelin.
“Yonder” fairly beckons, Hans, like a cloudscape of mystery waiting to be explored. Who knows what a spirited adventurer might discover?
Cave Of Blue Wonders
Blue wonders for sure Keellin.
Exploring The Unknown
Love the variety of textures and feeling evoked in Exploring The Unknown, Hans. That rippled pattern in the indigo zone nearly knocked me over with its beauty.
This course from left to right, from undefined to undulating and from dark to light is very nice on Vertigo Keelin.
I just read the reply by Hygge accompanying a former picture in which he mentioned Granny Weather Witch (very funny nickname!), who always wanted some ground and context on a cloudscape. I think one can’t ignore a Weather Witch’s Wish heedless…..
On the question of inclusion of land in cloudscapes, I can see how well it works in your photo above, Hans, revealing a dramatic scale. Often, for me, the decision to keep in or crop out depends entirely on the image. I didn’t realize how much I could be drawn to abstracts until I joined CAS’s forum, the B&W topic really opening my eyes. Below is a photo from my archives that I think needs the trees for that sense of height Hyggee and Granny Weather Witch expressed a wish for.
It is exactly what you write Keelin, it depends on the picture whether some land or trees do well or not. So they do on your picture above. Love it! I see this quiet and peaceful scenery with some seasoning at the right place and exactly in the proper amount for good taste.
As to the abstracts I experienced that the exchange of our pictures on this forum opened my eyes likewise for abstracts, in B&W and in colour as well. The process of cropping and developing is always surprising!
For now there still are some pictures that suit the wishes of the honorable GWW.
Where Witches Dwell
You’ve cast a fine spell with Where Witches Dwell, Hans. It looks as if incantations shivered the trees and quivered the sky. What may follow?
Keelin, ahh part of your ” Intorus” collection! Nice shot!
Great sense of dimensional layering in #83, Michael. Love the variety of clouds forms as well. And thanks for your kind compliment. I wasn’t familiar with “Intorus”, so had to go agoogling. Cool! The clouds I caught just yesterday seem to have a bit of that magical, slinky flow.
Ah! Michael, I’ve just learned the term you mentioned above has another “t” in it! Be that as it may, the search for “intorus” turned up a rather magical kinetic, slinky-type toy. Both the clouds and the “flippyflux” have a lot of movement, so I didn’t question it one bit. That is, until Hans kindly pointed out (in the Colour thread) that one of the images from this particular series of Cirrus was posted on the Gallery. (Somehow I’d missed it. For unknown reasons, the first click on the Gallery link doesn’t always show the latest postings for me.) I was delighted to see it included there with the classification you’d noted. So thank you both! And here is one last image from that wild, wondrous day.
…. and today your Cirrus Intortus serves in the Cloud-A-Day service, Keelin. Congrats.
Lenticulars with remnants of asperitas (I think…..)
Thank you, Hans! Quite a sweet surprise that was. And what a lovely landscape of Lennies you’ve served us here. Delicious!
Caught this one swimming by~~~
Little Fish, Big Pond
(little cloudlette, that is, not a lennie)
That is a really nice Big Pond, Keelin. With beams coming out of the rippling waters. Rather fairylike.
Go With The Flow
Your Go With The Flow has an underwater feel to it, Hans. I like to imagine being there and exploring those vague fishy figures.
In the image below, strong contrast brought out a subtle texture in the higher clouds. Once seen, I couldn’t resist the mood created with these deep tones.
When The Heart Is Blue It Can Be A Bumpy Ride
Tis the season:
I feel sure we have seen Kingston on the Forum before. And I had not realised I may have trod the same path as Keats near Winchester, Hampshire, UK.
Kelin, When The Heart Is Blue It Can Be Bumpy Ride is a true beauty (and the title as well!). I love the wavy pattern and the soft whites and …. all of it.
Michael, you seem to have a great collection of beautiful pileus. Your recent one on the gallery is fantastic, so is Arizona Cloudscape #84.
The Great Red Spot Of Jupiter?
ps..Im gettin some excessive red saturation on pics at this website. Anybody else noticing a difference between a pic as seen on your computer and as seen on the CAS website?
I don’t hope you mean the Great Red Spot Of Jupiter, Michael? Over here no excessive red saturation to be seen.
Some Cool Blues
On my computer, your Arizona Cloudscape has only the most subtle hint of red, Michael. And I have to squint to see even a whisper of it. It is a beauty.
And a contrast to the wild colors you’ve captured in the photo that followed, Hans. It does look like you may have ventured to that distant planet, which wouldn’t surprise me, as I sense you’d travel the galaxy for such a fantastic sighting. And you deliver a dramatic contrast again with the abstract layering in Some Cool Blues.
Below, more blues…
GWW (Granny Weather Witch) would have enjoyed some of these.
Other sources are available…
Thanks Hygge for sharing. These are all very special and beautiful. They must certainly be to GWW´s liking with enough landscape in it. Love the one with the ice on the foreground, but naming one doesn´t do justice to the beauty of the others.
Nevertheless … ´Coming Through´ by Keelin is likewise very special and beautiful being an abstract in blues. Great composition Keelin.
On my recent journey to Jupiter for spotting clouds (…) I captured this nebula on my way. No help from NASA was needed.
Thanks for the link to those spectacular images, Hygee. A real feast for the eyes there.
Hans, I love the softness and restful feeling of your Simplicity. If my hand traces the line of cloud, it feels like tai chi. And the nebula, so delicate!
Thank you Keelin. Your Solo has this nice flow and the gentle slope of a distant dune.
Love the gentle camber, your Softscape, Hans. And the dark tones bring a sense of the season yet to come. Autumn and Winter are my favorites, so it’s no surprise I found the cloudscape below reminding me of snowfall and Wintry wonderlands.
Arizona Cloudscape #86
Keelin, the so much wanted snow is on ´Come Winter´almost tangible. Unfortunately the soft warmth of the cloudscapes by Michael made it melt already. But I am sure winter will come.
Michael, love the quiet blues in your AZ Cloudscapes #86 with its subtle wrinkles (how old is the sky?) and #87 like a pond just about to ice over.
And Hans, what a sound comes with your Exploding Cloudscape! After which maybe there comes…
A Very Frosty Splash
Ah, you really seem to long for winter Keelin. After Wintry Wonderland now A Very Frosty Splash. They are what the titles say: really cool. I try to stay close with
Let in blow, let it blow, Hans! Love the fresh coolness on your image above — even though it looks as if it could land right atop my noggin.
Getting back to (perhaps) pleasing hygge and Granny Weather Witch –
The cloud patterns, while interesting, are not exactly the focus of this photograph, but they strongly accentuate the subject of photo : the vast emptiness and loneliness of the rural American plains. The photo’s emotional impact, imho, would be poorer without them –
Don..Spent a year in Kansas. Im in no hurry to ever go back. Its true, look out a window and all you ever see is ..miles.
Indeed, Don, those sweeping clouds add an incalculable dimension to the vast loneliness factor. It also speaks of simplicity and serenity, if one is in a more positive mood. Really a wonderful image. It also feels like B&W was the perfect palette choice here.
And your Arizona Cloudscape #88 holds a lot of mystery, Michael. Love the soft intrigue there and the hint of landscape that I know must be pure cloud.
Below, also perhaps pleasing to Hygge and Granny — and with a nod to Bob…
Tangled Up In Blue
Winds are having their way with that cloud! Yes Keelin, the shot is all cloud with a horizontal line or two or three or more in there to give anchor and help with the layered effects(depth).
I was not able to reply on this topic since Don posted his great B&W of Kansas. What clouds can do to a desolate looking vast landscape! A lot of energy in it.
Then I got the Shivers from what Keelin posted and got Tangled Up In Blue. Great composition by Keelin and Bob as well :)
And in Arizona cloudscape #89 I see some striking resemblances to what I spotted in Softscape and other Soft Clouds on the Color topic. Mr Holmboe must have been busy traveling and visiting both sides of the pond. Here is another one from that series.
Wow, Michael and Hans! AZ #89 and Soft Explosions are simply gorgeous — made my toes go all awiggle.
And exuberant the cirrus is, Keelin. Wild!
Decaying Soft Clouds
Beauty is still there to be seen in the decaying of clouds, Hans, and you’ve captured it well. In the image below, wind is dealing a different blow…
Feathering Soft Clouds
That is a great cirrus composition you captured Keelin with Feathering Soft clouds.
Thank you, Hans. And I think you’ve captured his very big brother “having a bad-hair-day in Charigny, France”, as featured today on CAS’s Gallery. Magnificent!
Your “Floating” above has quite the opposite feeling, like a gentle tickling wind. While below, one can read another expression of tenderness by Aeolus (Greek), Sidhe (Old Irish), Dogoda (Slavic), Oonawieh Unggi (Cherokee), etc. By any name, the god of winds has many moods.
Thanks Keelin. The bad hairday is the turn Ian gave the picture, where I saw an umbrella that is not fit to stay dry under. Yes, Aeolus and friends have so many surprises, like you show in the tenderness of Soft Streaking. Such a fine pattern with autumn leaves in the corner.
Soft But No Streaks
A true sense of levitation in Soft But No Streaks, Hans. Love the floating feeling it inspires!
Meanwhile below, tree limbs, unashamed of their autumn bareness, rise in celebration of the endless loops of life. Shall we call this one Cirrus Intortus Lemniscatus?
Love the composition of Cirrus Intortus Lemniscatus Keelin, with its subtle metamorphosis from regular streaks at the bottom to the intortus chaos above.
What a fantastic scene, Hans! Love it! And speaking of things that may come down from the sky…
On a wild whigmaleerie, she tossed the snowball straight up, then stood stock-still while quietly contemplating the laws of gravity. Of course, it was all over in a few shivery seconds.
I don’t know why, but this thread appears to be one of the few that I can still post in. Log In is wonkers.
Let is snow, let it snow! Great snowy picture with this title I had to look up. Your whigmaleerie also must have invoked the snow over here, Keelin! This night there was some snow over here. It left a nice white tapestry although it wont last for long for it is melting already.
Yes the login was for me two weeks ago also wonkeres Michael. Recently I found a workaround. Login, go to the forum or to a specific topic on the forum or even elsewhere and at each point where you find yourself logged out, just refresh the page. For me it worked well. Hope it helps you too.
Love the brushed, rushed feel of your Arizona Cloudscape #90, Michael. Below, some bits of cloud seem determined to dance in place — at least for awhile.
Dancing In Place
Login seems to be working good. Thanks Keelin. I was going for ” A Blast” sensation with clouds as the outcome. That was a strange shoot. Heres another with a lot of movement/energy.
Arizona Cloudscape #91
Arizona Cloudscape #92
Hans, I LOVE your black and white photo with the jet airplane!! Very nice!! I know I just poke in here now and then, but I so enjoy getting the Cloud of the Day and I love having this resource! I was trying to put names to these clouds – looking at the Cloud Atlas and using the identification guide, I find myself still not sure what these are… Cirrus and Cirrocumulus? I don’t see any gray areas, so that rules out Altocumulus, right? I am not good at thinking of catchy phrases, so maybe one of you guys could come up with something here, LOL!
Ramona, Hello! yes it appears the cloudlets are smaller than the width of an finger at the end of an extended arm and since there is a blanket of the cloud ,,that would put it all in a cirrocumulus stratiformus with some undulations and some virga falling out ( fallstreak?). Nice catch, lots goin on there.
Here is a shot with a lot less going on
…. but less is more Michael. Very nice #93.
Just A Bit More
Wonderful photo, Ramona! No matter what it is or isn’t, has been or will be in the next breath of sky. It is a captivating image, beautifully composed.
And even though there’s a lot less going on in #93, Michael, it is no less of a beauty — a serenescape, if you will.
Adding Just A Bit More, Hans, manages to bring in additional clouds while maintaining the calm. Nicely done.
A new year, fresh winds, can’t wait to see what clouds will come.
It looks like it is a small seahorse that´s Standing By and riding the skies Keelin. How nice!
Hairy Versus Slick
It must have been the afternoon breeze that tickled that distant palm tree into a bit of shadowplay, Hans. And I see the winds had their way with Hairy Verses Slick as well.
The scrunched looking cloud below reminded me of a documentary about architect Frank Gehry. “Sketches of Frank Gehry” (directed by Sydney Pollack) includes a segment where he describes becoming inspired by a crumpled piece of paper he retrieved after having tossed into a waste bin. I don’t know for certain, but wouldn’t be surprised, if Mr. Gehry is a cloud spotter as well.
What wonderful composition Scrunched is Keelin. I understand the association you made. When that’s found in the waste-bin I wonder what more beauties can be found.
Danke je, Hans. Apparently, Wind has unlimited options for tossing, tumbling, and toying with Cloud. Sliced, diced, grated, it’s all fair game up there. Love the color and motion in your Shredded serving above.
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