Rare…

and fleeting.

kelvin helmholtz clouds breaking overtop of snowy peak blue sky

Nature is a mutable cloud which is always and never the same.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

I remember as a child one of my favorite posters was of a cloud identification chart. It made such an impact that many years later I can still picture it in my mind.

Much like the ocean, the sky is like a huge canvas just waiting for the first brushstrokes to be laid and on this day there was something special planned!

These clouds are created in part by instability when wind is moving at different speeds in the upper and lower layers of a cloud resulting in a wave like appearance. They were named after physicists Lord Kelvin and Hermann von Helmholtz.

A special note that often appears in discussions about the rare and fleeting clouds is that they are believed to have inspired the cloud formations in Van Gogh’s Starry Night oil on canvas.

A reminder to take time every day to enjoy the beauty found in our natural world. These disappeared in a moment but for me, they will live on forever.

2 thoughts on “Rare…”

  1. Excellent words as usual to go with a very interesting cloud formation. Thank you. On Mar 3, 2019 9:04 AM, “it’s (almost always) about the water…” wrote:

    > sherylrgarrison posted: ” and fleeting. Nature is a mutable cloud which is > always and never the same. Ralph Waldo Emerson I remember as a child one of > my favorite posters was of a cloud identification chart. It made such an > impact that many years later I can still pict” >

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