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Keelin brought Vol 6 to its 100th photo ! Allow me to begin Volume 7!
Great start of Vulume VII Michael. And wow what a great ending of Volume VI by you Keelin A great picture with a fantastic dreamy view on the coast of Alaska. A mysterious source of light at the horizon and some calm waves, all in deep blues. Love it.
Thanks for kind words and a great launch to VII, Michael and Hans!
For a few moments, Hans, I wondered if the winds were bringing us a new image our old friend who crosses the pond from time to time. But this is as far as it got — just a possi-billyg.
Portrait In Progress?
Arizona Color #701
Michael, is #701 taken with your new camera? The definition is amazing! You’ve really captured the feeling of these magnificent clouds.
Below, the sky displays a completely different mood.
PS: Hans, congratulations on your Cirrocumulus with sundog selected as Cloud Of The Month!
Keelin..Thanks but that pic was taken in 2017..same lens as I use today but different camera body. Same condition exist as i type , just add a bolt of lightning every 30 seconds. Monsoon came back after a 3 week vacation. The thunder is approaching the constant level..a constant rumble…I was watching it a little while ago. Quite a show…anyway…quite the mood there!
Arizona Color #702
Keelin, I love your possi-billyg (or Portrait In Progress). To me it is certi-billyg. Great find! And thanks about the cloud of the month. I am pleasantly surprised about it, also in a second way, for I did not sent it in myself. It is a spotting from the Cloudspotter app taken with the phone. Shortly Gavin started to post the pictures of the day on the gallery (and this one was ‘just” candidate picture of the day). Nice to do so I think. Anyway I like the explanation accompanying the picture. There are always new things to learn about clouds.
Arizona Color #701 is a monumental cauliflower of a cloud Michael. Overwhelming details.
Indeed quite the mood on your last two posts Keelin and Michael. They make a perfect pair.
Nicely subdued peachy glow in your AZ #703, Michael. And Wings has got to be a favorite, Hans. Love the fleeting movement and also the twin flyers at the top.
A Touch Of Cirro
Arizona Color# 703 ..a straight up overhead shot of “roiling cloud”
Wow, Michael, an amazing shot! I smile to imagine you with camera held steadily aloft, the thought of an umbrella nowhere in mind. Nothing dramatic going on here, so really appreciate your sharing monsoon images with us.
Below, a soft cloud with a bit of highlight at twilight.
Keelin ..I’ve seen a few of the lightning strikes stories in the news and on the internutz which seem part of the slow summer news cycles ,,but thats enough to make me realize one drop of rain is telling me its time to go,,and who wants to get the camera wet? I’ve noticed lightning seems to follow the rain. Perhaps the wet acts like an conduit or easy path of least resistance for the lightning to get around. In any case Soft clouds or Sharp,one drop of rain is all it takes for me to be inside.
Arizona Color# 704
Glad to hear you put safety first, Michael. Undoubtedly the wiser approach is sometimes retreat! And you’ve captured a beautiful cloud collage above, a lovely study in blues.
Below, another shot from last week’s display of Cirrocumulus here.
A dramatic scene you’ve captured there, Hongmeiyuan! It looks as if your feet at the time may have been right up there with those splendid clouds. A warm welcome to the forum and hope to see more images from you in days to come.
Below, the sky had a rather dusty look that day, but I don’t suppose we should call these “Linticularis”.
hong, looks like a shot taken from an airplane. 30,000 ft up in the clouds?
Arizona Color #706
Great contrast with crisp detail against the backdrop of that massive, nearly featureless cloud – a spectacular shot, Micheal!
In the image below, I quite liked the delicate, frayed edges of cloud that lay across a large section of that afternoon’s sky.
So much to see sweeping playfully across this morning’s sky. Looking closely, there’s a tiny bit of moon still holding its own in the lower part of the upper left quadrant.
The winds were having fun with the clouds Keelin!
Love the range of blues captured in your image above, Michael.
It appeared this cloud would sail quietly by, yet it dropped anchor in my noggin and whispered a haiku that has me still wondering…
a half-empty or half-full
It also brings lyrics by Leonard Cohen to mind…
One by one, the guests arrive
The guests are coming through
The open-hearted many
The broken-hearted few
I love the way some clouds won’t leave us alone.
Nice haiku Keelin and lyrics. I´d say you end with a poetic observation. And I see a lot of great pictures from you and Michael the last weeks. It is a joy to check them all!
Arizona Color #708
What am I looking at?! A few layers of altostratus?
Roma…the clouds appear low enough to be stratocumulus. They are under a blanket of altostratus , yes? They may even be a stratus rising up and thus being torn apart by the heat that is pushing them up as in the 2nd shot? The linear nature suggests an influence , maybe even a man made influence. Intriguing shots!
Arizona Color #713
#713 is magical Michael. Great colors and dramatic cloudscape with mamma.
I can see why that cloud caught your eye, Roma. You made the most impressive photo of it with that perspective.
And beautiful drama captured in #713, Michael. Exquisite lighting. Wow!
And thank you, Hans, for kind comments further up. Cloudplay is inspiring! The wind certainly knows how to do it.
The Whim Of The Wind
Thank you Hans and Keelin..I like the whimsy there keelin!
Great whimsiness Keelin followed by an impressive towering giant by Michael.
Michael, #714 has such a formidable, majestic feel, holding the mystery as to what it might be towering over. And Hans, your banner-like Waviness is wonder-ful.
Clouds At Play
Keelin, yes the dark unseen mystery makes the picture imho. Some frisky clouds you have there Hans and Keelin!
Arizona Color #715
Love the Clouds At Play Keelin, with also a great waviness in it. Almost Yin and Yang. Followed by a magical soft appearance on #715 Michael.
The Four Leaf Clover Equivalent In Clouds
Nice capture Hans! May all the luck be yours!
Michael, your #715 is like a dream shimmering into place. Love the soft focused moment you’ve captured there. And your latest (#716) keeps pulling me back for a closer look with those bits of sharply focused blue. Can’t say I’ve ever seen anything quite like this one!
And Hans, knowing how quickly a horseshoe vortex can disappear, you were again in just the might place at just the right time, doing just the right thing! How lucky can you get?
Thanks Keelin! Talkin about short lived clouds 715 a lacunosus event didn’t last as long as some Horseshoe Vortex last. They transitioned into a roiling storm churned mess soon after the pic was taken. Morning lighting created 716 if I recall correctly. And yes, to be a bird riding the currents reading the clouds all day.HAA!
arizona Color #717
I agree with Keelin that #715 is dreamlike Michael. It is indeed always surprising how quick cloud formations can change dramatically within minutes. So it must be good timing to capture the hat of napoleon in #717. Love that one for its composition and (seemingly) simpleness.
Free Ride is inspiring Keelin for thoughts like Michael expresses so well.
Nice sweeping texture change off into vanishing point Hans. Napoleon hat!..Thats It! That was a “corner of my eye” capture..Just did a quick scan and there was the oddity, (Nap’s Hat) just hangin there
another oddity, taking a small area of sky at high altitude
Arizona Color# 718
Wonders upon wonders, you two. And where you both saw Nap’s hat, I see a small fleet of graceful stingrays. Then two images down, a dark watery world in which they might glide. Lovely!
Below, an image that was terribly blurry in its original state, but I liked the feel of too much to toss. A splash of “noise” seemed to crisp it up and gives it a kind of painted-on-rough-canvas look which, in this case, saves it?
Love your oddities at high altitude in #718 Michael.
And the painted-on-rough-canvas-look more than saves your picture Keelin. It fits perfectly with the capture and also with the composition.
Arizona Color #720
Love the landscape feel you’ve captured in #720, Michael.
Below, the clouds seem to be having an elaborate conversation. Discussing the caprice of wind and weather perhaps?
Thank you Keelin. From a lively conversation to a contemplative repose:
Arizona Color#722 a little bit of Holmboe over Asperitas
Discussing the caprice of wind and weather is nice Keelin en here we see them in color by you and Michael. Michael your last two posts have something in common: composition and colors. Your #722 strikes me in particular for its composition.
Trying to continue the softness here is the shape into which my spooky creature partially morphed being a close up on a later moment.
Morphed Part Of Creature
Nice capture of the delicate shading of clouds Hans!
Sometimes I like to play with the “rules”
Love the cleverness of your play, Michael. So simple, so elegant.
And all spookiness completely dissolved in that soft close-up, Hans. A creature tamed by the gentle will o’ the wind. More shall rise to join in the play.
Love your playing with the rules Michael in #723. It forced Keelin to let the cloud ghosts rise up. Another play with rules I think. In next one rules are involved again.
Your #724 is a dynamic display, Michael. I can feel the energy of it! And the colors (especially that subtle grayish turquoise in the lower center) and composition of #725 makes it a favorite.
And Hans, there is a wonderful sense of dimension in Queing. That deep dark teal keeps me lingering contentedly, floating peacefully.
In contrast, the image below reminds me of the tossing and turning of a less than tranquil slumber.
A Restless Night’s Sleep
Love that line dark cloud running through #726, Michael, with the bright blue accents.
What caught my eye in the clouds below was that look of a thumbprint of corrugation.
A thumbprint indeed Keelin.
No Title Yet
No Title Yet, could be from the sea, Hans, like the wind having its way with a wave. Love that sense of motion!
Below is from the archives here, and comes with these seasonal greetings:
Cool Winter Skies, Warm Winter Dreams, Cheers and Best Wishes to all!
Hello all, just wanted to share an image with you- Ocean Foam. Hope you enjoy!!
Yes I have the same association with my untitled one Keelin. Love your virtual lake. For me it is an intriguing trompe l’oeil by nature.
Arizona Color #728 by Michael is impressive with this massive band of cloud separating the colors.
And then the cirrus filled sky by Gregory. Very nice.
Play Of The Winds
Arizona Color #729
Nice stylistic KH Michael.
Wild shot Hans!
Arizona Color# 732
Arizona Color #734
Your #733 would have fitted well in the asperitas thread Michael. Love those line in it.
Thanks Hans, Yes that shot was taken near the end of an Asperitas event. You can see the rain approaching on the left side of the shot. It gave some contrast in lighting which is needed for the fine lines. Smoke signals are sooo strange which clouds are really good at.
Arizona Color# 737
Love your last one Michael: Great cloud sculpture with lacunosus and a hint of asperitas as well (I think).
Finally catching up with this colorful thread and enjoying the wonderful variety show.
Gregory, your Cirrus intortus gives me shivers of delight. And Michael, your #728 is simply stunning and lovely layered #733 is a favorite. As is your Play Of The Winds, Hans.
Caught this tiny glimpse of moon in its slow passage through late afternoon Cirrus. Of course, it was actually the drifting Cirrus that rendered the illusion.
Half Moon Adagio
Nice Half Moon Adagio Keelin. Objections to a bit crescendo next?
Arizona Color #738
Crescendo welcomed, Hans! Who could resist that beautiful build up of clouds? And Micheal’s #738 provides a lovely transition to calm restored.
Seems like everywhere I look these days, there’s a little reminder of how the sky holds me sway. I think I hear Kate and Anna McGarrigle singing…
Very applicable for the 14th of February Keelin. Somehow there should be a category for Clouds-That-Look-Like-A-Heart.
Here is a color impression of the prevailing weather over here. Some heartwarming is very welcome.
Wind And Rain And Shine In Color
Oh, but the beauty of it, Hans! Love your Wind And Rain And Shine’s full spectrum of dark to light with just a hint of color. I would still dip my toes in the sea there just to have the added sensation turn it into a memory-making liminal moment. Even though they would surly be curly with the cold.
Thank you Keelin. And yes your toes would curl from the low temperature as much as your lovely Curled cirrus. Memory-making it would surely be. Brrrrr.
Love your composition with the soft blues Michael (#740).
Large Cloudy Brush Strokes
Love the champagne celebratory feel of #739, Michael, while the composition and subtle colors of #740 continue to tease my sense of pareidolia. Some dreamlike creature keeps trying to emerge. I quite like the mystery of it.
And the boldness of those Large Cloudy Brush Strokes is inspiring, Hans. I feel as if I can almost hear them.
Below, the mood is more on the quiet side I think.
Yes Keelin, the juxtaposition of textures, light and shades invites exploring of the imagination. Fun stuff!!
Arizona Color #742
Arizona Color #743
Fun stuff indeed of you both. I can put my teeth in the last cauliflower Michael. Crispy!
Diagonals In Blue
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Welcome Allen. You posted a great icy scenery. I hope to see more from you here or elsewhere on the Forum.
Arizona Color# 745
All kinds of cloud beauty in the recent images above, Michael, Allan, and Hans—dramatic, crispy, subtle. Especially love the delicate texture in Slightly Undulating, Hans.
Caught this little message in today’s afternoon sky…
Blue Heart Skymoji
Arizona Color #746
Thanks Keelin. Your nice Skymoji is followed by a mysterious texture in blue by Michael.
Arizona Color #747
Looks like there’s just enough room for one more image before Hans’s beautiful Clouddust settles and Volume VII comes to a close. And what a splendid collection it has turned out to be thanks to all contributors above. Can’t wait to see what we’ll see in the next volume!
Look closely, and you’ll find a fingernail of moon in this one…