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Sun Behind the North Carolina Clouds
Sun Behind the North Carolina Clouds

Clouds over North Caolina's East Coast & Some bonus Clouds from other places!

Here are some of my best cloud photos! I LOVE clouds and if I can, I certainly do grab my camera and get photo's of them! I know they all have techie names, but I'm not a weather girl, so I don't know all of them and it's been a long time since high school when we had to learn them!

But they are beautiful, and I try not to get too many power lines in them, but sometimes it's unavoidable!

I also like night clouds, and at dusk when the colors come into them! Enjoy!

Above is on Hwy, 70 going West!

It's about 35 miles from town to town but so very worth it where I live. It's a small little country town, and plenty of room for sunsets and clouds! Being so close to the coast, it's ALWAYS changing! (like the weather, never predictable!) :)

Another view, same day on 70!

It's incredible at the changes when you live near the Ocean! I know the clouds are always constantly changing, but WOW, on the coastlines, it seems like they change so quickly! This photo was the same day as the one above!

I love photographing clouds, and have bunches, and snag a snap every chance I get! I didn't know so many others felt like I did until I read another hub, so I kinda dedicate this to her (Thanks SweetiPie) :) please check out her hub on clouds if you have your head in the clouds too! lol! :) Well, I mean as in, LOVING TO LOOK AT THEM, AND PHOTOGRAPH THEM! :)

But on the coast and the rapid changes, it has me photographing all sorts of things! I think the sky, just overall is intriging! I love the whole concept of nature photos! As you'll see below! :)

Cotton Candy Clouds! :)

I REALLY loved this one! Each cloud was spaced like Cotton Candy, it's giving me idea's on taking it into a graphic program and adding some color to them, maybe give them a little zip, but I'd always leave the main photo as is. Even though you can see the little dark area to the left, that's my finger as I got the snap, I just couldn't let it get away! :)

I love them all, I cannot pick a favorite!

Above and Below!

These two, above and below were taken within moments of each other, thus the trees not being in the bottom one!

Really, the photos don't do them justice! they were very low and the color had a pink hue over it. Since I live in the country, and was on the highway, I get many views of clouds! I'm glad the power lines are away from them, but sometimes they can't be helped to be in the photo, after all, we're not all connected via Wi Fi :) so we need those power lines! :)  but the photo below I really love, I think because these two make me feel like that old saying "it's a small world" because it was as if the world was turning and almost visible with the clouds going in what could be construed as a circular motion!

Ah, the sun!

I'd forgotten, and was not going to put text here, but then I realized, I had to get this snap directly after that one, because the sun was peeking out to say hello! :) I love this photo, it would make a super pretty desktop theme, and since nature is free to us, you are free to right click and save it and I hope if you use it for your desktop or even on your phones background that it makes you have that "feel good" moment when you see it, then I feel I have given a piece of happiness to the world! :)


Hwy, 52, in the mountains!

This photo was taken in January of 2010. I was on my way home from Michigan to North Carolina after the death of my father. Oh how he would have loved this photo! Maybe he's peeking in from a cloud, who knows!
In either event, I had to get this snap because it reminded me of him and our many trips on back roads for the scenic route! Dad was notorious for traveling a different route when we traveled just to view more of our country!

I loved how, even though it was a chilly day, and I didn't really want to get out, I took this photo especially because when you're in the mountains, you feel as if you're so close to the clouds that you can actually touch one if it were possible. Of course it isn't, but even though it's a rough edge of a mountain, I LOVE traveling through them, and taking Hwy, 52 on my way back, and going through Charleston WV is my favorite short cut. It only takes out about an hour of driving (is supposed to take out 3 hours if you take a mapquest information seriously, I don't) LOL, but I'll never forget this day, it was quite memorable. There was a stream of water on the left side, and sparse housing on the right. I got some snaps of other things not related to clouds, but I had my dog with me, and when I pulled over to get a snap, there was a horse by a tractor! it was super funny because the horse was looking at us like "WHAT ARE YOU" and my dog looked at the horse like "WHAT A BIG DOGGIE" LOL. It was cute. I did photograph the horse! Maybe he'll turn up in another nature hub! :)

Michigan! This is Crescent Lk!

I'm going to toot my own horn here *TOOT* :) because I won a photograph contest with this picture. If you look very closely, you can see both sides are identical, but not right in the middle! I cloned the purple right side over on the left as well, which made it more symmetrical but you can't tell exactly where I cloned it. I did have to do a little bit of blending just under the sun, but I have to say, I do love this photograph! Really though, would you have noticed it was cloned and symmetrical if I didn't say so? :)

Hwy 70 over the Neuse River Basin

This was taken going over the bridge of the Neuse River basin in New Bern North Carolina. I know it seems plain, but it's really not. Where you can see land just outside of the photograph is a really nice hotel, with an outside lunch area and is a beautiful area with beautiful scenery! There is a place where boaters park everything from fishing boats to big yachts!

There is one boat, I really would just like to do a hub on boats, because some of them are very unique! One man I spoke with while over there, his boat was SO unique I had a million and one questions for him. I think he did like the fact that I was asking, he seemed to be lonely, but loved his boat. It was bigger than a good size boat, and smaller than a yacht! HE HAD BUILT IT HIMSELF! It was really amazing, as it stood out from the other boats. It was dark wood and almost had a Pirate-ish look to it! I didn't have my camera that day, but he does park it there, and as it warms up, I plan on going back down there just to get some photos for the people who might like the water scenes as well as the difference in unusual boats! He said he lived on the water, and didn't care for a real "home" but the boat he considered his HOME! I had everything of course, but the only thing he really needed to take with him was essentials, and clean water. The most amazing thing he told me about it, was THAT BOAT HAS BEEN AROUND THE WHOLE WORLD! He didn't bother with trying to go through the Panama Canal (as that's a story in itself, small boats have to have at least 7 crew members, be avid boaters, and you're lucky if you don't get squished by the bigger boats! There's tons of rules to go through the Panama Canal)  but he said he went down around south America and it had been so many places! He was an interesting man, I hope he's there when I get a chance to go back! Maybe he'll let me come aboard and get snaps of it, and I will make a hub about it if I can! This plain looking body of water, and overcast clouds, has way more to it than meets the eye!

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fetty 5 years ago from South Jersey

Beautiful photography, very uplifting. I love to sit in the grass on a spring day looking up at the sky at clouds, especially great activity for children, too. Nice hub!

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SweetiePie 5 years ago from Southern California, USA

I love seeing the clouds from where you live in North Carolina, and a bit of the scenery too. I have never been to the east coast, so it is nice to see a bit of your area. I especially love the picture with the sun shining down, and the visible rays. That one has a special quality to it.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Awesome Katharella! I love photography! I loved your photos and I can see why you won the contest:).

My eyesight has gotten really crappy and I can't see through the lens to take a pic. I always take 2 to make sure they come out but I can't see the results until I get home. Yours are gorgeous though. You are so lucky - gorgeous where you live!

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

Thank you to all of you! Yes, I was quite happy when I won the contest for the Sun rays, even if it was Michigan! lol. In that area where I lived, ugh, the lakes are gorgeous, but EVERYWHERE you go, you have to drive AROUND a lake. Most of the time it's ok, because something is going on, from boaters in summer to skiing to Ice skaters in the winter. (Or truck/motorcycle races on ice) then other times you're in a hurry and you have to drive 'AROUND THE LAKE AGAIN' lol! That is one thing that makes Michigan a very pretty state.

@RH, I take a lot of photos now with my iPhone 4 but my Sony camera has a full screen panel so there's no looking through, just hold it up, aim in the general direction and you got your photo! I love it, and highly recommend looking into getting one with a full screen display!

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

Very cool pics... I love the one that you won with. That is absolutely gorgeous!

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

tanks!! :) I like winning, but it would of been cool to win actual money LOL!

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Joan King 5 years ago

Beautiful images

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

Thanks Joan! Good to see you again! :)

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DarkSinistar 5 years ago from North Carolina

As always you have some awesome pictures! I once saw these clouds on my way home from work and wished so bad I had a camera with me. They were fluffy and huge and made me think of mountains in the air. Something about clouds always make think of the song "Flying Sorcery" by Al Stewart.

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

Flying Sorcery? Cool.. I'd like to be a flying sorceress. However I need a source for sorceressness though.

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AngRose 5 years ago

I love these shots. Especially the two that are alike, something about the colors and the way they are shaped really intrigues me. And I love the one you won your contest with, the colors are awesome. I like the way you did your border around the outside!

North Carolina is a beautiful area anyway, so I know they have beautiful clouds and gorgeous days. My brother lives in Raleigh and he's always trying to get me to move there. I would if I had the money!

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

AR: Oh it would be awesome if you lived in Raleigh ::hint hint:: LOL It's about 2 hrs north of me! But it's a good size city! BUT It's not quite as expensive to live in the surrounding area's outside the city! Lower taxes, GREAT ROADS :) I did a vlog on my way home from New Bern and talked about how pretty the flowers are here! Here, the prisoners clean up the roads, so the taxes don't have to be so high to pay the road commission to do it! (Plus once you see they walk over them with a shotgun, they pretty much don't want to go BACK to prison LOL) The crime rate is lower here too! And I can see why, people are NICE! Sometimes I get into conversations with people in the line at the store like we've known each other for ever! There's a bad apple in every barrel as they say, but they're few and far between! I love my little town, farmers wave as they go by, and we don't even have a police dept! No crimes! And because everybody knows everybody LOL the cops pretty much would just go knock on their door and say pony up the goods! lol! Thanks for the compliments on my pix, yeah those two almost a like are two of my favorites! There's ALWAYS pretty clouds here! The coast I guess! The one I won on was in Michigan! (where I'm from and never will return) My friend works in Robersonville and he said it's such a nice quaint lil' town! They get to know you at the post office too and are really nice! But it's just a shot away from Raleigh! Yeah NC is beautiful, and being on the "flatland" side of it, you'd think there's not much to do, but for someone who is ok with that, (like me) lol it's no biggie. A town is always within driving distance, hurricanes are our "only" real worry, but I have a friend who is in school for Archeology and she said we live in the safest place as far as earth shattering castrophies! But really even down at Moorehead city when the news says 10 million in damages, they mean like 3 huge houses! lol. I've not left due to a hurricane in 12 years. I just ride it out! Really nothing more than a bigger rainstorm anyplace else. But it's a touristy kind of area too, so if you're into crafts there's always a place to sell during tourist seasons. I truly love it here, and was so lucky to get the chance to move here. It'd take A LOT to get me to leave. (especially after growing up in Detroit)LOL! :) Glad ya liked the photos! I'm going to do another cloud hub at some point, there's always a beautiful sunset, and just clouds! :) (Still working on my comedy movie hub right now) :)

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AngRose 5 years ago

I was born and raised in Northern Illinois, live about an hour away from where I grew up now. And I hate it! I mean, I live in a great little town right now, only about 350 people here, nothing here but a bar and a Post Office, literally. My husband was on the volunteer fire department when we first moved here until he was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2008. The fire department threw a benefit to help pay for medical expenses. My husband is from England originally and his company had closed down in May of 2007 so he was looking for work when he started having symptoms and found out he had MS. Since his company closed he wasn't allowed to get COBRA insurance. We tried to get state aid medical, but he wasn't entitled to it because he hadn't had his green card for over 5 years. It was a mess. And the fire dept. stepped up and really saved us big time. The day they had his benefit it had been raining for something like a day or so, everywhere was flooded. We had about 16 inches of water in our basement and it's only gotten water twice in something like 20 years. These people just moved the benefit from the park to the fire department itself, moved the trucks out, set up tables and the band, and had the thing anyway. This is after they spent all day cleaning water out of their own basements and driving through it to get out of town. And they still all showed up. It was truly awesome. So as far as towns go, this one is great. It's just Northern Illinois I don't like. I hate cold weather.

My oldest son has been in Fayetteville, NC visiting for the last month or so. His girlfriends brother in law is stationed there in the army. My son was looking for a job and going to stay if he got one, but he didn't find one so he's coming home next Wed. I'm glad to have them stay here, he's the one that has two of my grandbabies, so I'm not sorry they won't be leaving, but I can understand why he wanted to go. He does roofing for a company here and they've had hardly any work for the last year. But I guess they have some coming up so that's part of why he's coming back. Well that and he can't stand to be away from the babies any longer!

Man, what is it about you that makes me babble for huge comments on here? LOL You're a bad influence!!!! :)

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

LOL Sorry Ang, it's totally cool! Your town sounds like mine! We have a lil' general store, a fire dept (that doubles as town hall) and a tiny post office! That's it! Only it's kinda warmer here.

Sorry to hear that about your husband, that's bad. I hope he's feeling somewhat better by now! Let me know, I'm not a praying woman, (except when I'm desperate, you know my kind) well, I'd pray for him. But they say god gets his way anyway, so WHY? :) Hey Fayettville, it's just right over there (i'm pointing) I'm by Kinston and I LOVE LOVE LOVE IT.

The one joy I think everybody can share no matter where we are is clouds! They might not be the same ones, but hey, still cool, pretty and NEVER the same! It's kinda like what Timothy Leary musta felt like I guess. *smirk* But wow, I do love it here! I miss my friends in Michigan, but people up there, they wouldn't spit on you if you were on fire let alone what the people did for you and the hubby! That is SO NICE OF THEM!! It makes me all warm and fuzzy inside. :) (or I might need a bath I'm not sure) but irregardless, overall feel good when I know people come together and help people. When I was writing my new hub on the difference of democracy and republic, the whole time, I was thinking, WHY is there an uproar about so many trivial things when we could be cloud gazing? Ah, I guess if something isn't wrong someone's not happy somewhere! Sheesh. I just feel better knowing my closing is going through this week, I'm just waitin' on my attorney to call me in to sign papers and my house is mine all mine! Well, cept the land part, I'm not that stupid I know who owns that and if the government decides to put a road through it, they just do. That's one thing one can never own, land. Wonder if they'd move my house to a better place though.

Hey whatever about me makes you ramble, girl ramble on! We get one go around at life, and if you need to get it out then ya just do! Like I told TY, if I disappear too long then it only means they took me to the looney bin or maybe the men in dark glasses took me off in the limo, to drag the Atlantic for me. Of course I'd be shark bait but I didn't tell him that. But it'd be a cool boat ride for ya! The hubby could enjoy that! And besides 5 years for a green card? You shoulda told them he was Mexican. Unless he is. lol.. but I think now it's better he just enjoys family life and if you need more money write the white house (their addy is on my political rant hub) and tell them to get the presses ready you need new money printed up. I like you! I gotta get time from trying to fix my house, interact with FRIENDS ::snivel:: and make money AND sleep! I have a friend I seriously wonder if she's alien, she NEVER SLEEPS. And she's in college to be an archeologist! Oh, btw on that note, she lives up in WV, and she said here on the coast we might have a time of the hurricanes, but according to all she's learned, we live in the safest place in the world of avoiding an earthquake or tsunami! Cool huh! Hey it's another reason to get outta the snow :)

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sunchild28 5 years ago from Nigeria

I admire your love for the free gift of nature and how it made your day.one cannot explain the importance of the commodity that is given to us by nature and am really grateful that we don't pay for it.

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

Thank you sunchild28! I'm glad you enjoyed this hub! You remind me of what my mother used to say when a natural place was being held for pay. I understand if you had to get their by boat, to pay the tour guide, but she said it was wrong for anyone to charge to see what was given to us by God and nature. I too am grateful!

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Truckstop Sally 5 years ago

I love clouds too. Sometimes I wish I had gone into meterology -- just to study clouds (and being a weatherwoman sounds cool - Ha). Thanks for the pics.

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

Hi Truckstop Sally! Thanks for stopping in, and your comment, you're welcome! Oh, that is funny a "weatherwoman" You know, they'd have to switch it around like they did when we started getting female, mailmen! To "mail carriers" to "Weather knowers" LOL! I remember in school having to learn the names of clouds, but hey I've been out of college 15 years lol, I can't possibly remember! :) I do have a female friend who is about to graduate Archeology, she's smart as can be about the world, I'm always asking her questions, mainly "are we safe here" LOL We're both near a coastline, and luckily she said "yes, the safest one in the world." ::whew:: :)

It would be kinda fun to stand infront of the green screen and make other jokes tho LOL! :) hehe

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David Warren 5 years ago from Nevada

Love the photography! Great hub! Between my photo habit and knowing a lot about cloud types and weather from being a pilot maybe I'll ask your permission to do a similar hub one day. If my geography serves me right I'm guessing you don't get a lot of lenticular clouds your way. Only with your blessing though, I'd never write a hub from another hubber's idea. Hope your having a great day, loved the Crescent Lake pic you got the award for.

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

OH by all means! And thanks! I have to admit I like my Crescent Lk photo too! It was right by where I grew up. Such a pretty place, that day the sun was perfect. I only cloned the edges to make it symmetrical! lol! But thought it was worthy to enter!

Lots of people make cloud hubs! So please do! I've only seen clouds from an airplane when I went to the Holy Lands, it was a LONG time ago! But I'll never forget looking DOWN on them, sooo different! Another one of my followers makes clouds too, her name is SweetiePie (and she is sweet) :) Hers are over San Bernadino California, and very pretty too! So a coast to coast thing :) We were happy to share, so by all means, she'll even like to see them! When you're done I'll drop her a note or you can cos I know she'd love to see them! Thanks, can't wait to see!! :)

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howcurecancer 5 years ago

I love sun. One vote up and one awesome impression.

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

Thanks! I love the sun too, thats why I had to include it in my cloud hub! :) Plus it provides us with Vitamin D too! :)

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waxi 5 years ago

Hi Kath

Finally I am back on Hub pages albeit today for a little time cos I have to hit bed early cos I have lots to do next day Hey more clouds Geeeeeeeeeeee you know I am a cloud man love love love clouds and any one who loves clouds is my friend

I read some of the posts by your admirers really nice

I like to say : Clouds viewed from a window in absolute silence effects my moods -same for you ?

I like to know

I ll be around now

Waq :)

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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

Geeze, for a few minutes there I thought I had lost my favorite stalker! :) Yes I believe the beauty of a cloud effects moods! I have this dark cloud full of rain that follows me sometimes, :) hehe.. but most day, they're just all beautiful and I love the coast where they change so quickly, and the sun too! They're all really beautiful! I hope the clouds over you have a silver lining so you'll get feeling better soon! Sleep well! -K

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waxi 5 years ago

Thanks Kathy some day I ll take you for picnic on a cloud :))) I ll sing for you "Over the rainbow "


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Katharella 5 years ago from Lost in America Author

lol ok, but let's not make my stalker who don't talk to me too jealous! lol! So we won't tell him ok! haha

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