This unusual cloud formation looks like a white fire of mist, spreading upwards and outwards.
Wouldn’t it be lovely to float on high like these clouds, without a care in the world? Especially now in Lockdown.
Floating high above
Is it a bird or a plane?
Is it Superman?
Or a dolphin, a whale, a starfish or a . . .
Cloud watching. Your imagination set free.
Milky Way Galaxy Clouds 1
A myriad stars
Spilt across the sky like milk
Our own Galaxy
I saw this weird cloud array the other day.
It looks like the Milky Way Galaxy, up there in the daytime sky.
Milky Way Galaxy Clouds 2
Wistful clouds for wistful thoughts.
I love sky-watching; day or night.
I have witnessed numerous lunar and solar eclipses. I have stood outside on my stoep at 4 am and watched Halley’s Comet pass by. It’s unlikely I’ll see it again, in 2061!
But I particularly love gazing into the deep space of a starry night sky, when the air is cool and the bustling daytime sounds quieten down.
And I wonder what is really out there?
I always have.
post script: Here’s some info on the Milky Way Galaxy. And this is a cool scientific animation Travelling from Earth out to the Milky Way and beyond to the edges of the Universe.
post post script: For my American readers; spilt is your spilled. I know you don’t use spilt, because auto-correct keeps highlighting it in red in my text!
I noticed this unusual sky the other night as I was about to shut the front door.
The clouds were streaked in horizontal stripes across a darkening blue background.
I grabbed my camera and rushed outside to take a few shots, before the clouds dissipated.
OK, so these are the stripes, but where’s the star?
Clouds 3 and Plane 1
As I was snapping the clouds I heard the unmistakable distant roar of a 747 jumbo jet. Yes, it is in the photo above!
Scanning ahead of the sound I caught a flash of light.
The setting sun bathed the plane in a halo of light making it shine like a beacon. A shining star indeed!
Stars and Stripes!
In fact it looked so strange that I can understand why people sometimes mistake sights like this for a UFO!
It looked more and more alien as it melted into the clouds, heading for unknown exotic locations in distant lands.
You make a
Pretty little picture
Even if you don’t bring rain
I took a photo of these pretty clouds, as the Sun was starting to set behind me.
Suddenly, the clouds parted and the Moon appeared. The Moon’s silver sheen blended in perfectly with the clouds’ sun-tipped edges.
Moon Skies 2
I’m guessing that without the title of this post, many of you might not have spotted it.
This is the third in my Galaxy camera phone photos series.
You promised the world
Yet could not even make one
Single drop of rain
Last week these massive storm clouds gathered as the wind picked up in the afternoon, yet nothing came of it.
Never mind; it rained on Sunday.
You probably have no idea how happy I was to see clouds again, after so many long hot summer months of clear – deep – blue – skies!
So yeah, I am on Cloud Nine!
Towards evening, a few clouds finally appeared in the sky, to relieve the enervating summer heat, by a minuscule amount.
However, it did give me the chance to snap some more colourful photos of the sky than the usual clear deep blue we have been having all summer.
And it’s great to have the neighbour’s palm tree to provide a focal point.
Using the Auto distance setting, (the picture of the Mountain!) I walked round the garden catching the sun’s last rays lighting up the underside of the few clouds with gold.
What I like in the above photo is the sense of movement, as it appears the clouds are racing from bottom left to top right.
Actually, since there was virtually no wind, the clouds only drifted casually across the sun-scorched skies.
After a short while, the light began to fade, but just before the dreary grey of dusk, the clouds caught fire and glowed red.
I love sunsets!
Ice Crystals 1
It has been one of the hottest summers I remember, here in Cape Town. Temperatures have stayed in the mid to high 30s (Centigrade), with rarely a breeze.
As we baked yet again under a clear blue sky, I glanced up and noticed, finally, these few wispy clouds.
Ice Crystals 2
Forming, disappearing and reforming a good 6 kilometres above me, I wished I could fly through these ice crystals and find some relief from the enervating heat.
And if you look closely you’ll also see the Moon.
post script: These wispy ice-crystal clouds are Cirrus.