The year was 1968 and Judy Collins recorded a song by Joni Mitchell titled BOTH SIDES, NOW, and ever since I don’t think anyone can study CLOUDS in the sky without recalling that song. That’s what I thought of when I looked at the 30 DoC Inspiration Calendar and saw that the theme for the fifth day of creativity was CLOUDS. This photo looks at clouds from a slightly different perspective.
As a tribute to Joni and Judy I also whipped up this little word cloud using the lyrics of BOTH SIDES, NOW!
A couple of days ago my friend Becky posted a magnetic poem about cloud gazing. After reading it, I remembered a group of cloud photos I had taken about two weeks ago. I had quite a few birthdays coming up in August and September, so I decided to take a trip to my Target Store and replenish my card stock.
When I left the house the skies were bright blue with a few puff pillow clouds. And I jumped on the MetroBus going south for a quick ride. As we were going around Forest Park, I noticed the skies were getting cloudy. By the time I got off the bus, the skies looked like this …
The clouds actually looked liked they were pockmarked!
In my entire life I had never seen clouds that looked liked these.
They looked so ominous, I picked up my pace across the Target parking lot and rushed to the door.
And I just made it to the door of the store when raindrops began to splat the ground. And they were like the mother of all raindrops! Either that or someone was throwing water balloons down on us.
On the News Live At Five I discovered that my strange clouds were mamatus or “breast” clouds that formed under a layer of cumulonimbus thunderclouds which often indicates severe storms and tornadoes. The shower was rather brief and by the time I came out of the store the skies were blue again and the ground was almost dry.
Since the clouds looked like they had been lifted from some old master’s painting, I knew I just had to share them with Becky. Enjoy, cloud gazing is free!
When I woke up this morning I had no idea what I was going to do for the 22nd day of creativity. Then I went outside and discovered that the first full day of summer had gone retro to become probably the best spring day we’ve had this years. The temps were refreshing and the skies were as cerulean as only a Saint Louis sky can be. So I decided to go trekking and be creative by looking at clouds from both sides through an eight-hour day. That means you’re going to see a lot of photos today.
The best ever tuna melt sub with peanut oil fried fries!!! Then back to the clouds . . .
But I was back home by then listening to Judy Blue Eyes – Both Sides Now!
In my opinion, no one can sing like Judy Collins.