Searching for inspiration…

might be as easy as looking back..

DSC_4957-2Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

If you’re ever at a loss for inspiration or direction I recommend spending some time thinking back on early childhood memories.

When I was very young I had one of those charts put out by The National Weather Service showing examples of different types of clouds. I find it as fascinating today as I did back then and over the past few years I have been slowly making my own cloud chart.

I woke up on this morning to a sky filled with what we grew up calling a mackerel sky. It was always an indication that the weather was about to change.

With these clouds came the chance that I might get one of the shots that I have been looking for…iridescent clouds. Conditions have to be just right for these to form; tiny ice crystals or water droplets causing light to be diffracted high up in these cirrocumulus clouds.

These were especially colorful as they moved in waves across the sky close to the sun’s edges and I remembered to take time not only to photograph them but simply lay back and enjoy them as they blew by.

Check! Next up on my list…mammatus.

6 thoughts on “Searching for inspiration…”

  1. Hi Sheryl. Each time I look at your blog (or Blip), I am inspired. Today I am inspired to begin a collection of cloud pictures that I can use in photoshop when I need to change a sky. I am finally learning how to do that. I know this will lead to more research on clouds to supplement the little I remember from many years ago. Wish me good luck!

  2. I am on my cell phone in Europe. Your image opened up a Monet for me to start my day! The composition is perfect, the rippling texture sublime – what a shot!

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