Monday, August 27, 2012

Cloud Literacy

A   L   O   H   A  !
Click on the clouds & optical effects below:
Crepuscular Rays
- an Optical Effect -
 shining up from
 Cumulus clouds.
The ones 
shining down
from the
are called
 'Jacob's Ladder

Crepuscular times of day 
are  around dawn and dusk.
When boundaries of
light and dark
 are emphasized.
Crepuscular comes from the Latin 
 "crepusculum" - 'Twilight.'

" And we are put on Earth 
a little space,
 that we may learn 
to bear the beams 
of love."

 William Blake

 a  Notable Cloud species
 the jet-stream Cirrus

Perspective makes these
parallel filaments,
driven by high winds,
appear to  yearn
towards convergence
in the distance. 

 " You must not blame me
 if I do talk
 to the clouds. "


 Hawaii Rainbow-
Optical Effect of 
the refraction of light
through water droplets,
blown over Waikiki.
Notice the Primary Bow,
and the fainter 
"Secondary Bow."

A darker band:
"Alexander's Dark Band"
between them,
is not obvious
in my picture;

are a locus of wonder.
Light Wind Water

They teach us
many lessons
if we spend time
with them.

My wish for you

“ Be thou the rainbow 
 in the storms of life. 

The evening beam 
that smiles the clouds
and tints tomorrow 
with prophetic
 ray .” 

Shine in comments!

              Warmly, cloudia

 Lord Byron


The Weaver of Grass said...

How could anyone not shine with beautiful shots like these Cloudia.

Dave King said...

Superb post. I like it when I learn something. Thanks a lot for this.

Brian Miller said...

hey thanks for the lovley rainbow to start my the pink sky too....aloha from va

the walking man said...

Head in the clouds feet on the earth and the body between wet with rain.

Anonymous said...

the language of clouds, this is lovely1

Daryl said...

thanks, teach!

mermaid gallery said...

aloha...i just finished your book and have to thank you for such an interesting read...the history and culture of Hawaii is woven seamlessly into a modern tale of enlightenment. My interest in Hawaii had diminished because of the commercialism of the tourism I am, once again, enthralled with the Hawaiian islands....thanks for helping me understand.....aloha.....

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Great skies Cloudia, and I see your 'Crepuscular Rays are here today and not yesterday..if you see what I mean!!

foongpc said...

Love the clouds and the rainbow! : )

Friko said...

Lovely, quite lovely.

Filip and Kristel said...

Your first picture is excellent. Special effect with the brown clouds.


TexWisGirl said...

thank you for some new terms to go with the beauty!

Akelamalu said...

Unfortunately I can't see your photos Cloudia. Have a good day. x

bobbybegood1 said...

Ah, you are a rainbow in the storms of life with your uplifting messages. Cheers Cloudia!!

Hilary said...

I suspect that the skies in Hawaii are more beautiful and diverse than almost anywhere.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful skyscapes, it is wonderful of you can use the camera.

Karen S. said...

I do enjoy talking to the clouds, especially on days like today, when they are just bursting with things to say. May you have happy clouds overhead today as well-Karen

Cloudia said...

Gosh, THANKS!!!!

Anonymous said...

very, very moving.

please have you all a wonderful tuesday.

Anonymous said...

Beams of love. Makes me think of romantic hyperbole, but in a good way.

Anonymous said...

Hey, your information is better than the weatherman! And Hawaii has clouds connected by rainbows. I'd seen that faint Alexander's Dark Band before, but afraid to mention it, wondering if it wasn't real. If you fly in the right planes around Hawaii, you'll see the Care Bears...DrumMajor

SandyCarlson said...

Those rainbows are gorgeous. And Blake's quote hits home. This is a beautiful, dreamy post. Thank you, friend.

Cloudia said...

so JOLLY to see your friends - thanks!

Anonymous said...

Wow - what breath-taking photos! And lovely words too.

magiceye said...

Peace :)

Namaste /\ from Mumbai

The Elephant's Child said...

I always adore your photographs, but your clouds and rainbows win me every time. Thank you.

gabrielle said...

Crepiscule with Nellie, Thelonius Monk’s ballad for his beloved, is how I first became familiar with the word for dusk. Your photos and Blake’s quote—brings it into luminous focus.

Thank you for the beauty you reflect.

Reader Wil said...

How beautiful the heavens are. I never saw such a great rainbow! Thanks for sharing your photos!
Groeten uit Holland.

Jeanne Pursell said...

Oh my goodness Cloudia! These pictures are just awesome!!! Have a great day!! xo Jeanne

Young at Heart said...

what a very lovely way to start my day....thank you!

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rupam sarma said...

Amazing photographs.Thank You.

Cloudia said...

what a delightful party
because EACH of YOU
came by!!!

Thank You Very Much