Monday, July 30, 2012

Thematic Photographic 206 - Cloudy

Icarus flew too close to the sun...
London, ON
July 2012

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Every once in a while, I like to stop whatever it is that I'm doing and just look up. It reminds me of when I was a kid and I'd lie on the lawn for what seemed like an eternity, just staring into the sky and wondering about whatever it is that kids wonder about. Now that I'm a supposedly responsible adult, having an occasional time-out is a great way to catch my breath before I dive back into the next set of stuff on my plate. Life, balance, you know what I mean.

Sometimes, I see neat stuff when I look up. Like the other night. I'd taken Noah for a celebratory ice cream after his soccer game. He played so well, with such heart, that we just couldn't go straight home without some means of marking it. In the overall scheme of things, it's a small moment. In his life, I'd like to think it's something more. I guess I'll know - or maybe I won't, because one never really knows - years from now when the adult Noah and I chat about what he remembers.

As we parked the car in front of the ice cream shop - Marble Slab, just because - the skies glowed through threatening clouds. And the seagulls, taking a timeout from dive bombing the dumpsters behind the takeout restaurant on the other side of the parking lot. decided to head for the sky, almost as if they knew it was time to strike an aerial pose. Noah waited patiently in the car while I tried to hold onto yet another fast-disappearing sliver of his childhood. Maybe this was more than just a picture. Or maybe I should stop overthinking every shot.

Your turn: Please take a photo of clouds. Or something that abstractly reflects the cloudy theme (go nuts with it...that's the only rule.)  Pop it onto your blog and leave a comment here letting everyone know where to find it. Visit other participants throughout the week to share the photographic fun and inspiration. Bring friends along, if you wish, and feel free to jump back in if inspiration hits you more than once - we encourage promiscuous shuttering here. For more info on how Thematic Photographic works, click here. Otherwise, have fun!

22 comments:

Alexia said...

Gosh. That is a gob-smacking shot.

Max Sartin said...

That is an amazing shot, postcard perfect. Mine aren't as beautiful, but here are some cloudless cloud pictures for ya.

fredamans said...

Lovely skies!

http://fredamans.blogspot.ca/2012/07/thematic-photographic-cloudy.html

cloudia charters said...

gasp!




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Alexia said...

Sunset clouds, a few minutes apart.

Rita said...

Yours clouds are one thing but getting that bird in just the right spot is amazing.

My shot is a bit stormy but tranquil as well it can be found here:
http://cashjockysphotos.blogspot.com/2012/07/storm-cloud-over-lake.html

Kalei's Best Friend said...

Hey, C. here is mine, a bit different than yours... :-)
http://afreshstartwithkalei.blogspot.com/2012/07/tp-206cloudy.html

Shane Black said...

Kick ass shot, Carmi. I love the crepuscular rays :)

Mama Zen said...

That is breathtaking!

Bob Scotney said...

Superb, Carmi. Mine are a collection where the clouds were not the intended 'target'.
http://bit.ly/QVX2oP

Just Two Chicks said...

Ahhh, I would love to see some clouds right now!! Here's my post :)

http://lesbianhousewifechronicles.blogspot.com/2012/07/its-cloudy-day.html

I would still love to do a "Broken" post... I'll go ahead and do one later tonight. I missed last week!

Patti said...

I ran outside to take pictures today, just for this purpose. http://runningpastor.blogspot.ca/2012/07/a-cloud-in-response.html

Barb said...

Gorgeous shot! I am reposting a piece I did two years ago of a rare cloud formation called "undulatus asperatus". These clouds were over our house for a couple of hours and were quite scary! My post is here

Karen S. said...

Wow, what an awesome shot Carmi! Very nice. Here's my cloudy post

http://twincitiesblather.blogspot.com/2012/07/thematic-photographic-206.html

Gilly said...

Found some clouds that aren't dead grey all over the sky! http://gillymaccsphotos.blogspot.com

Aunt Snow said...

Ooooh, I'm playing!!

http:/doves2day.blogspot.com

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

I just finished mine, too!
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Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

I happen to have a few clouds here in the midst of a busy week.

Alexia said...

I've really enjoyed everyone's cloud pictures - and I found some for a second post.

Bob Scotney said...

Following Paul Bell's comment on my post I have converted one of the pictures to black and white.
What do you think about it?
http://bit.ly/QVX2oP

Kelsea said...

That is in incredibly beautiful photo Carmi! I really enjoyed looking through everyone's photos! Here are a few of mine: http://kelsea-livelovegive.blogspot.com/2012/08/some-cloudy-photos-thematic-206.html

lailani said...

Love cloud and sky pictures. I came by to see what theme I missed, being on vacation last week, and discovered my post last night fit in perfectly!

Happy Monday to you all!

http://thegreengrassgrowsallaround.blogspot.com/2012/08/may-god-grant-you-always.html