Saturday, May 9, 2009
Obscured by Clouds by Neil Tasker
Blog Name: Light and Dark
Description: Sights and Sounds
Date: May 8, 2009
Driving a colleague home tonight after work, I took a slightly different route home and was rewarded with this sight. I did actually stop the car to get this one!
Think I'm becoming obsessed by clouds......... Or was that a Pink Floyd album?
Obscured by Clouds
This is one beautiful spectacle that you would never want to miss. Obsession with clouds is much safer and more rewarding than obsessing with anything else.
And this one is beyond words for me to describe. The resolution of your camera is highly functional that gave way to an excellent result as these. Absolutely stunning!
By the way, I got your blog linked to mine: Morphing Words by poetry
You will find it in the right column where you'll see the About Me. Scroll down until you get to my collection of poems including yours. They are alphabetically arranged. The Passionate Shepherd to his Love is right under the picture of a shepherd boy.
Meme: Skywatch Friday
Subject: We're Cloudbusting Daddy
Date: May 7, 2009
I watched a really good documentary last Sunday night on BBC 4 called 'Cloudbusting'. It was presented by a guy with the unlikely name of Gavin Pretor-Pinney. Now I realise that this name may be familiar to some of you 'cloudy' types, but I just wanted to pay my own small tribute to the guy and his aims and perhaps point some of you who've never heard of his society in his direction.
In 2005 Pretor-Pinney decided to set up his own Society called the Cloud Appreciation Society, simply because he liked clouds and felt they were a tad under appreciated. This is the manifesto of the Society :
WE BELIEVE that clouds are unjustly maligned and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.
We think that they are Nature’s poetry,
and the most egalitarian of her displays, since everyone can have a fantastic view of them.
We pledge to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever we find it. Life would be dull if we had to look up at cloudless monotony day after day.
We seek to remind people that clouds are expressions of the atmosphere’s moods, and can be read like those of a person’s countenance.
Clouds are so commonplace that their beauty is often overlooked. They are for dreamers and their contemplation benefits the soul. Indeed, all who consider the shapes they see in them will save on psychoanalysis bills.
And so we say to all who’ll listen:Look up, marvel at the ephemeral beauty, and live life with your head in the clouds.
It costs about five British Pounds to join and for that you get your own little piece of paper with your own personal membership number on it.
He's written a couple of books, so although I realise that many of you won't be able to watch the programme, you may be able to read the books.
So in homage to the guy for a bit of blue sky thinking, I've posted five of my favourite sky pics. Feel free to categorize, favouritise, criticise or just ignore. The choice is yours.
His point really made me realise that no matter where you may be on this planet, if you look down you have a pretty good chance of seeing some shit, look up and you have a pretty good chance of seeing some beauty. Seems like a simple choice to me.
I'd prefer to look up and see the beauty of the sky, not down below to see those trash you were talking about.
These pictures have so much to give. Looking at all of them, makes me think how blessed we on earth are and what are we doing with all the messes we are causing to mother nature?
Gavin Pretor-Pinney is right when he said, clouds are Nature's Poetry. I believe him so, probably because I love nature so much. But thanks to my dear late mother too who nurtured me to take interest of our surrounding, our creation even on small matters.
May I copy the manifesto? I always request to copy if I find it very interesting.