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Looking at the Sky and Watching the Clouds
First of all, when you mention cloud everyone thinks of cloud computing.That’s not what I’m talking about, I mean the real cloud, clouds in the sky.Do you remember when you were a kid you’d kick back, lay in the grass and look up at the sky to watch the clouds? Oh, so many different sizes and shapes, not to mention colors! You'd try to figure out what shape each cloud is with your friends.
The sky almost always has a tint of blue even when there’s thunderstorms brewing but of course the best time to really watch clouds is when the sky is really blue and those beautiful fluffy clouds abound.You know you can get technical.There are four basic types of clouds; cumulus, stratus, cirrus and cumulonimbus, but when you’re looking at the clouds for the sheer pleasure of it, who cares?I guess the prettiest clouds, the ones we like to look at the most are the cumulus.They’re the big white fluffy clouds that float across the sky changing their shapes as they go.The cirrus clouds are high up in the sky and are wispy and scattered.Stratus are low and what the weatherman calls overcast.Cumulonimbus are tall, foreboding storm clouds.
You can look at the clouds anytime, there’s always some type of cloud in the sky, but the real fun is in watching them.They are such a marvel sometimes changing right before your eyes.A pending storm will bring in those big gray clouds. They can be dark and very foreboding.You know something’s coming when you see them.They can bring thunder, lightning, rain and stormy winds.Those aren’t the clouds you want to be laying around watching! What about after the storm? Sometimes those are the prettiest and most interesting clouds with lots of different colors in the clouds and in the sky.
There are the beautiful clouds that we see at sunset, showing colors from white, to pink, to almost red.Sunsets are an attraction everywhere especially along the water.You can often see throngs of people lined up to view the sunset. The sun reflects and lights up the sky and the clouds light up with it.Some of the most beautiful colors appear after the sun is below the horizon but still coloring the clouds.
At sunup they can have an orange tint from the waking sun The clouds are more colorful at sunset than sun rise but seeing the sun come up and tint the sky is such a symbol of the new day ‘dawning’ that it is irresistible to watch..Your early risers can tell you more about the clouds at sunup.Many of us aren’t really watching the sun rise when we’re forced to get up early.Of course if you’re on vacation in some tropical paradise you definitely want to see the sun rise. Clouds play an important role in the colors we see at these times.There’s that sailors’ saying, "Red sky at night, sailors’ delight; Red sky in morning, sailor take warning."
How about the clouds you see from an airplane?You’re above the clouds and it looks like you’re over a sea of cotton, sometimes with shades of pink, sometimes just pure white.It’s quite a feeling to be above the clouds!The first time you view this magnificent sight it’s hard to believe.Here’s little old me, up above the clouds not to mention riding in an airplane.As you can tell, I haven’t had a lot of airplane trips maybe eight or ten, not enough to dull the wonder of it all.
How many times have you really looked at the clouds in the sky and wondered what shape they are? These are usually the cumulus clouds. Do they look like a big rock, or someone’s face?Have you seen clouds that have distinct animal shapes?Did you ever see a cloud that looked like someone you know?You see those big white puffy clouds against the beautiful deep blue sky.The wonder of it all makes you feel inside God is there watching over us.He is shedding his light on the world and we can see it in the sky.
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