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Sunday Stills: I’ve Looked at Clouds that Way

How do you view clouds? Are they the main event?

Craig Bay, Parksville, Vancouver Island, BC.

Or are they in the background as surround sound?

Qualicum Beach Airport, Vancouver Island, BC.

Do they upstage a more interesting story?

Coombs Trail, Vancouver Island, BC

Or are they far more subtle?

Quadra Island, BC

Let’s ask Joni. After all, she’s looked at clouds from both sides now.

Joni Mitchell, legendary Canadian singer and songwriter
Both Sides Now, Joni Mitchell

#SundayStills
#Fog and Clouds

Feature Photo: Mt. Washington, Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

83 thoughts on “Sunday Stills: I’ve Looked at Clouds that Way”

  1. Ahh … clouds are amazing and it depends, sometimes they are so striking I fear I will fall and stumble as I’m awed by the artistry across the skies. Other times the clouds are the perfect backdrop to a closer scene. Lovely post to start my Sunday morning, Donna!

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  2. Hi Donna – wonderful song … sometimes I look at the clouds and think oh oh … heavy rain on the way – then the westerlies blow them away. Great reflections and seeing life around VI … all the best Hilary

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    1. I’m now looking out at snow clouds .. slate grey, light grey, some white or cream … puttling across the blue sky … with the sun on the clouds for now … but that white stuff is around the UK … and we’ll get some tonight. Funny weather though … it was freezing, freezing last night, but by the time I got up it had clouded over and was relatively warm … but thick frost and clear skies in the night.- I now await the white stuff! Fun times …

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      1. Hi, Hilary – Our weather has been strange as well. Two days ago I was barefoot on the beach in Tofino. Today we have a snowstorm warning for Vancouver and Vancouver Island. So far, that prediction has not come true (but I’m sitting near my fireplace just in case). I love your reflections on clouds.

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    1. Hi, Frank – Thanks so much for stopping by. I just visited your Clouds posts. Your photography is brilliant. I encourage others to visit your site and check out your posts. I know that they won’t be disappointed!

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  3. Lovely, Donna! I spent many a childhood afternoon lying in the grass and looking up at the clouds and spinning stories in my head about the shapes I saw within. Thanks for reminding me to look at the clouds more often.

    Deb

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    1. Hi, Terri – Thank you for all that you do in preparing these challenges and linkups. They have been excellent for pushing my muse out of hiding! Awesome themes!
      Are the February themes established yet? I love writing in advance (much less pressure). 😀

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      1. You are quite welcome and I’m enjoying your photography and creative pieces each week, Donna. I plan to prep February very soon and will include the page link in my next post. Any ideas for themes for February, or beyond? I’m open for ideas 💡

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      2. Hi, Terri – Thank you for your kind words — and for welcoming feedback. I’ve greatly enjoyed your prompts so am hesitant to suggest anything that you’ve done before, or is simply substandard. 😦
        I am currently taking a smartphone photography class (along with Deb from The Widow Badass). For our homework, we need to take shots that focus on one photography aspect (e.g. grid, flash, filter, timer, exposure, zoom….). One of these themes could be fun — and could definitely have a double meaning!

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  4. Oh how I love that song… I’m reading Rick Stein’s memoir at present – Under A Mackeral Sky…and the term Mackeral Sky refers to a particular cloud formation. The things you learn, ay?

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  5. I love that Joni Mitchell song and the minute i saw the title she sprang to mind. You’ve done a great job at illustrating how clouds can steal the show or hide like shy children. I always feel as though I have found treasure when a sky full of clouds is reflected in a mirror like body of water.

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  6. Hi Donna, I love your photos of Quadra island and Craig Bay. The reflections make the clouds into a circle. Thank you for Joni’s beautiful song and vocals. Have a great week ahead!

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    1. Thanks, Natalie – Thanks so much for your kind words. My desire to constantly photograph clouds, and other scenery, definitely slows down my hiking! I’m grateful to be able to use some of these photographs so I can justify further dawdling as I hike! 😀 I hope that all is well with you.

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  7. Thank you for the beautiful post and photos Donna. And for Joni’s song and adding her excerpted words right at the end. Joni is one of my heroes in many ways. But before I wax lyrical about her and clouds and become fully diverted, let me just say thank you. Have a wonderful week. Hard to believe the end of January is in sight …

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  8. What a great way of looking at this challenge Donna, I love it! Are they the main event or the background, great question!! Your photos are perfect for this prompt :). That Joni Mitchell song is just lovely and very fitting.

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  9. Today has been one of those cloudy days with all cloud cover and no sunshine. I think we are going to have snow tomorrow – it’s in the air. I much prefer the puffy clouds that blow across the sky – those are invigorating! Thanks for sharing these pictures, Donna. Hope you are doing well 🙂

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      1. I know how you feel. It’s sleeting here right now and I need to go to work in about an hour. Should be fine though because I think the temperatures are supposed to rise. Not a fan of our 2-lane country roads in icy weather! Take care, Donna.

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  10. Clouds remind us that sunny days are nice, but we need a backdrop (or even foreground sometimes) of drama and storms and puffy lightness to help us realize how incredible life is.
    Your photos are fabulous. And I sing Joni’s song in my head often throughout the years. xo

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      1. Thick clouds and snowing here. Incredibly beautiful, with tree branches hanging delicately dressed in white. But… not walking weather. ;-0 Again I’m reminded to take the good with the bad, and the other way around. xo

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  11. Beautiful pics, Donna. I love clouds; they are often the main event in my photos. Of course, there have been times when I have cursed the clouds…when I’m on the beach, hoping for some sun. But more often than not, I am in awe of their beauty. Also, that song brings back memories. I love it!

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    1. Hi, Jude – Good eye! I put my Craig Bay Photo in a cloud-shaped photo frame (using free Canva.com). I then superimposed that photo over the same base photo (also using Canva) Quick, easy and something different. Thanks so much for stopping by!
      See you next week.

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