I L O V E C L O U D S !

CLOUDS are  basically water droplets or crystals of ice suspended in the air.  Because water is colourless they reflect sunlight and appear white. If the meteorological conditions are right the water in the clouds is released as rain - sleet - snow or hail. Because the UK is an island and because of the ambient temperatures it tend to have some cloud cover most days.  Because of this we are aware of clouds and we accept them as an essential feature of the UK landscape and they are a feature of UK landscape paintings.

      

WIVENHOE PARK (1816)  JOHN CONSTABLE.   NOTE THE 
CUMULUS AND CUMULONIMBUS CLOUDS WHICH ARE A
VERY INTEGRAL PART OF THE PAINTING.  200 YEARS LATER
WIVENHOE PARK IS THE CAMPUS OF THE UNIVERSITY OF
ESSEX WHICH IS IN MY HOME TOWN OF COLCHESTER.

Clouds have a mystery
all of their own
They appear in the sky
and are by the winds blown.

Cotton wool clouds
are CUMULUS called
and NIMBUS if black
which makes the rain fall

High winds can thin out
the big clouds like lace
and they are called CIRRUS
as they blow round the place.

 


Sometimes the clouds
coalesce like a sheet
and then they're called STRATUS
our list is complete.

 

Sunrise and sunset 
to put on a show
Must have some clouds
for the beauty to glow !



Don't look down 
Don't wear a frown
Look up - look up - each day
Enjoy the sky 
And see the well shaped clouds
Go scudding by !



CHICHESTER  CANAL -  JOSEPH TURNER (1828) 

Dedicated to all  EP  cloud watchers.



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4 Responses May 21, 2012

High and mighty they stand!<br />
Soft and silently, they go by.<br />
From them come thunder, hail, sleet and rain!<br />
As they gently flow on the wind playing peak-a-boo with the sun.<br />
A vivid rainbow appears against their dark back drop as the storm passes!<br />
A dull halo appears in them around the sun as the storm approaches.<br />
Occasionally sun dogs will silently bark their brightness in them.<br />
Other times their colorful iridescence brightens up an otherwise dim sky.<br />
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Did you know the average cumulus cloud weighs over 4 tons?

They look like sheep's wool

I am indeed a cloud watcher and combined with a sunset it makes me the happiest lil chickie.<br />
Do you know this society? <br />
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http://cloudappreciationsociety.org/<br />
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Of course founded in the UK! :-D

Very nice, WS. I am a lover of clouds myself and we have some really gorgeous ones here in Florida, especially in the summer and actually my husband and I love to watch the sky a lot. Thanks for sharing, best wishes. <br />
Your friend Vitabeata