There is a block of cloud photos displayed at a children’s science discovery museum a couple towns over, that I really enjoy. The pictures are very simple – blue sky with different textures of white clouds. I really enjoy the display and could get lost daydreaming staring into the pictures. Two summers ago, I was very inspired to try to create my own awesome pictures of clouds. As with a lot of my pictures, they never seemed to capture the beauty and awe I wanted. I wasn’t satisfied with my translation from sky to pixels, and never did anything with them.
Staring at and studying the clouds fairly obsessively for a couple months makes for an appreciation of their craziness. Like when staring at a snowflake too long my mind starts to go crazy with how can it be water. I understand physics, and the water cycle, but still, how can clouds float, be so massive and take on so many shapes? Why does it start and end and create texture and body? Clouds begin to take on personalities the more I stare at them and they lumber (or speed) into and float out of my world sometimes changing shape and sometimes holding steady.
My 5th grader has been learning about clouds lately. We’ve been able to get outside and turn our faces towards the sky a little more lately. And I have been going through some pictures for projects lately and bumped into my cloud pictures. They are not professional quality but not comparing them to what I was really “going for,” these pictures can inspire me into a bit of daydreaming too. I’ve included a handful here for your daydreaming and wonder pleasure.