Cloud Gazing: It's what Kids do
When was the Last time you went Cloud Gazing?
Lying flat on your back,on a freshly cut lawn,on a warm spring day; cloud gazing. Watching as the stratus and cumulus clouds drift slowly across the blue sky, changing shape as they go, there's a duck, a panda, a boat, and an angel. I remember many occasions of cloud gazing, even now, when someone else is driving, I do again. There are amazing things going on up there. In general, it is something kids do.
The next several hubs will be about things we used to do when we were children, and hopefully do now with our children or grandchildren. Cloud gazing is an important tool of the imagination. I believe that we have much to gain, by reclaiming some of our "childish things"; those activities we had to give up when we "turned to a man (or woman)". It is important as we age to keep our minds active and to use our eyes, as with any tool, skill, or muscle, if you don't use it, you lose it.
Imagination, wonder and our eyes, all of these are far too important to lose. In this day and age we are all in a hurry, we're busy, and we all seem to need instant access to whatever we want. Slow down, take the kids outside, and gaze at some clouds. It is free entertainment, and it will be quality time with your loved ones.
When I was young there were three children who lived a block away, and I was friends with the oldest girl. Her parents liked it when I came over, because then there would be two of us to keep an eye on the younger girl and boy. One day while we were in the yard, we noticed the strangest cloud. As it rolled in very quickly it blotted out the sun completely for a moment, and we gathered together to go inside.
Then something amazing happened; the cloud divided and went in two directions, leaving the sun shining between. As it did so, what appeared to be a large tree formed at the center, and beneath that, an island. We sat down on the sidewalk, to watch.
This is saying a lot, because our ages were 2 to 12, to get a two year old to watch is a magnificent feat, but he did. It was like television. Now here many won't believe, and even my brother doubted me. Years later, my friend would doubt too, saying she wasn't sure if she really saw it, or just thought she did because I saw it.
I have since met others who have seen the strange phenomenon as well, so I will tell it here.
Suddenly at the base of the tree stood what looked like two people. We watched in wonder as the clouds became epic visions from the Old Testament, the couple driven from the tree, the Ark, the Flood, Egypt, with three pyramids. I am 48 now and yes, writing it, it even sounds crazy to me. I know what I saw.
If it hadn't been for three separate strangers, who did not know me then, coming forward when I retold the story years later, and saying they had seen it too, I probably wouldn't write this at all. The fact is that others have seen epic films played out in the panorama of the sky, in the clouds.
For those who disbelieve, I offer this. How often do you gaze at the clouds for hours? Children do, so they might see things you do not see.
There are Many types of clouds
The atmosphere is like an ocean above us, with it's own laws, that we cannot dictate. There is nothing we can do to change the course of the wind. We have no control over the temperature, the currents or the air stream; we cannot adjust the pressure.
These facts alone should have us in awe of the skies, all the time. We can harness the rays of the sun and make them work for us, and the power of wind and water, is also harnessed and used. We can tame lions and bears, we can fly planes, but control? What goes on over our heads is literally out of our hands.
What we can do is look at it, see its immensity. Wonder at the changes in the ever changing sky. The lightning, the thunder, the wind and the rain... Wonder at it, like a child again. It is okay to look up. It is good for you, as a matter of fact.
Sometimes you will see an unbelievable sight. The moon is huge, and looks close enough to touch, and you run to show someone, but by the time they get there, it's just a regular moon. Shooting stars, or clouds do that to us as well. There for a moment for us to witness, and gone before anyone else has the chance to see.
Clouds do just that every minute of the day. The reasons for this are explained in the National Geographic video below. Just as our oceans have currents and streams running beneath the surface, so does our atmosphere. This reminds me of the Genesis reference to separating the waters above from the waters below.
Please watch as they show the waves that exist in the air, there are even surfers that ride these waves, it is truly amazing.
Types of Clouds
Seas: These wispy formations, with light shining through, as you pass through higher altitudes, may appear to be a lake, as you look out the car windows near sunset. It is easy to be fooled into thinking you see islands, and even waves. There may be trees on the islands.
Plants: These may look like roses, palm trees, willow trees. Billowing and wispy clouds may combine to give you the sense that you are seeing an actual plant!
Animals: Who has not seen rabbits, ducks, and dogs or cats in the sky? Sea creatures will also appear, dolphins and fish, up in the clouds.
Vehicles: These may resemble cars, boats, ships, or even UFOs.
People: You may see a lady coming her hair, or a hero with a broad chest and a sword, or a baby in the arms of a woman.
Angelic: People have claimed to see angels, Mary, and even Jesus. There are videos of people who have seen the name Allah, written in the clouds!
Eyes: One of the strangest looking formations, these look as if a pair of eyes are staring down at you from the heavens! I have chosen a video of these for you to view at the right.
So use your eyes, you may see cars and roads and houses, in the heavens. Keep looking up!
The most Amazing Cloud Video I Could Find!
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