Tuesday, 3 August 2010

ABC Wednesday - Clouds

The fluffy cumulus clouds of June.  I'll start here because it is my favourite month, everything is newly green, the field flowers are in profusion, birds are in full song and bees are on the wing.  A time to celebrate.  A path has been cut through the long grass in the grounds of Eccles Rigg
and the groundsman has cultivated his art of mowing stripes. Cumulus humilis in the sky, clouds that are wider than they are tall.
The same June weekend but on top of the Coniston fells with streaks of cirrocumulus clouds which live at a higher altitude than the fluffy cumulus.
Early June, after a deluge, what were cumulonimbus clouds, the heart of every thunderstorm , we watched as the weather swirl around stopping by this cairn coming down from the Nine Standards (much more impressive cairns than this but I may save them for a N or an S week). The same day a walker was struck by lightning near here. Ay caramba
April showers on the River Kent as it flows through Kendal seemed benign by comparison.
Oh for a summer's day, changeable weather isn't it. No worries they are only gathering cumulus congestus , tops like cauliflowers, gathering over Coniston Water 
Winter, mid level altocumulous clouds, sometimes called cloudlets, by the coast the 'new' Hodbarrow lighthouse built in 1905, turned off in 1949, restored and relit in 2003, solar powered with a flashing white LED light visible for 12 miles.

Enough at looking up at the clouds lets look down at them. Inversion covering the Irish Sea as we stood on the top of  Black Combe looking out to the Isle of Man on a beautiful February day.

I am the daughter of earth and water,
And the nursling of the sky;
I pass through the pores of oceans and shores
I change, but cannot die:
(from The Cloud by Percy Bysshe Shelley)

Catch up with what other contributors to ABC Wednesday are conversing about using the letter C

20 comments:

photowannabe said...

Very beautiful and romantically written. Your pictures really capture theclouds and landscapes.

Carol said...

A beautiful series of shots for the C day. Your second shot looks like it could be in Ohio. I like the hills and clouds in the sixth shot. All very pretty photos.

Sylvia K said...

Gorgeous captures and what a great collection of C words for the day! Love your beautiful clouds -- one of my favorite things! And what delightful text! Makes the photos even lovelier! Enjoy the rest of your week!

Sylvia

Wanda said...

You can't miss with clouds.... Always changing, always lovely.

Hildred and Charles said...

Beautiful, beautiful clouds and so expertly captured. The photos are lovely, and love the abundance of cloud information.

Roger Owen Green said...

you've looked at clouds, quoting Joni Mitchell, from both sides, now!

ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Gayle said...

My favorite part of flying is when you rise above the clouds, like in your photo, and see the sun's rays of light - exactly as you've captured it.

Julie said...

You have included some gorgeous landscapes in your C post. I have heard of some of these places but have never toured the north of England. Maybe I should rectify that sooner rather than later.

Lucka said...

Wow! Amazing shots! I like the beautiful landscape.

Mara said...

Beautiful photos. I love the second to last especially. Such threat, yet such beauty!

jabblog said...

Absolutely lovely - and thank you for naming all the cloud formations. The sky is ever-changing, ever wonderful. I like the Shelley quotation, too - that last line, 'I change, but cannot die' is perfect.

Leo said...

these photos are BREATHTAKING!! :D wow.. thanks for sharing..!

Shooting Parrots said...

Sorry about the mix-up with the link on my site which is now fixed.

I love the photos, especially the one on top of Coniston fells. Very noctilucent. [A new word learned recently that I've been dying to use]

I see you have the same issue I have with the dashed hover decoration underlining images as well as links. If I ever find a fix for it, I'll let you know.

Julie Jordan Scott said...

Beautiful, breath-taking, words-swept away photos. I am speechless.

THANK YOU.

C is for... "Love" left behind?

word-painting said...

These are beautiful clouds over stunning landscapes. The cairn is fantastic. I can't wait to see the ones you said are even better.
Linda
ABC Wednesday team

Tumblewords: said...

Outstanding cloud photographs and descriptions!

peripheralperceptions said...

You certainly hit the jackpot on Cloud descriptions for today's post! Great shots of clouds and landscapes.

magiceye said...

marvelous images!

Jay said...

Lovely post! I particularly like that first photo, where the perspective looking along that mown footpath leads you to that bowl shaped sky at the top! Looks like a really pretty place. And the poem is lovely.

Interesting about the lighthouse, I didn't know that ANY had been turned back on!

Gerald (Ackworth born) said...

what a lot of different types of cloud