Saturday, 25 August 2012
Cloud watching as a way of life
As I developed into an exceptionally dreamy and fanciful child, the cloud watching became an escape.
Towers, castles, faces, animals, all were there, plainly to be seen or so I thought.
When I was in my teens, about 14 or so, I was madly in love with the head boy of my school, one Graham Stone. My dreams always included at least one
scene with him as the prince to my princess. The nearest to reality this ever came was when on a school trip to see "Joan of Arc", the Ingrid Bergman version, he put his arm round my shoulders. Wow! how daring.
Innocent days, innocent ways. Still the dreaming and cloud watching went on.
If someone was lecturing me or generally telling me off about something (a very common occurrence) I would look out of the nearest window at the sky and escape from the situation as best I could and find comfort and support in my blue and white world.
As may be obvious, many of the pictures which head my blogs are of sky from upstairs windows, Restricted by the windows only opening half way, the view is always limited but always changing.
I have a particular love of rolling boiling billowing grey or black clouds and were I a better photographer could really go to town in a crazy season like this one, with storms alternating with brilliant sun, rainbows and dazzling diamond raindrops on shrubs and flowers.
The two I've included this morning fail completely to show their true vivid violet blue, the camera can indeed lie or at least distort, and they should not have been taken at all, since I am in the middle of vacuuming the house. I stopped for a break because, yes, you've guessed, I'm afraid of approaching the corner where I fear the monster spider is lurking.
Any excuse will do to avoid another confrontation.
By the way the clouds are now dark grey, edged with gold, against a royal blue background. More rain coming I suspect.
I've probably wasted enough time now, so time to face 'the enemy'. Here goes!
By the way, this was my 300th post.
Posted by Ray Barnes at 12:45:00 pm