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Gazing at Clouds From Your Backyard

Updated on September 11, 2013

Great Backyard Activity - Doesn't Cost a Cent!

Cloud gazing is an inexpensive activity, especially during these tough economic times. Anything that can save us a few bucks and still be enjoyable is ok by me.

Many of today's youth are so wrapped up in cell phones and texting, that they forget that one of the natural wonders is right in the backyard.

So, gather up the family or your sweetheart and spread out that blanket. Oh, go and get a bucket of fried chicken or make some sandwiches. Leave the cell phones in the house and just spread out on that blanket and enjoy the show.

I hope you enjoy this website on cloud gazing and no, not all of the photos are real but are intended to bring a smile to your face. Please sign my guestbook at the bottom and let me know how I did.

Thanks for the visit; Y'all come back again!

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Dog looking up
Dog looking up

Cloud Gazers Unite!

When I was growing up, I loved to look up in to the sky, something that has never changed about me. Anything sky, including the stars, the planets, planes and the clouds fascinate me.

I, like many others, looked up in to the sky and tried to identify shapes in the clouds. Since moving to Arizona about 20 years ago, my outdoor activities have decreased, due to the excessive heat here. When there is not heat, you see some beautiful sunsets but not many clouds.

After growing older, people tend to live their lives and do things that are close to them. The days of dreaming and just looking in awe at God's wonders are few and far between.

As a recommendation, instead of a date night, I suggest that you spread out a blanket in your back yard and just stare at the sky.

You can bring your significant other with you and it is fun to just compare what you see. Binoculars or a telescope are okay, but for most people, you don't need them and they really don't enhance your experience.

Spread out that blanket, bring a picnic lunch and just enjoy the clouds. You will relive some experiences of childhood and it will bring you back to reality, knowing that we are very small in God's great universe.

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Painting the Sky

Painting the Sky
Painting the Sky

Shapes in the Sky - A Book About Clouds

Shapes in the Sky: A Book About Clouds (Amazing Science: Weather)
Shapes in the Sky: A Book About Clouds (Amazing Science: Weather)

A children's book about clouds but don't count yourself out, I even learned some thing with this.

While a cloud's shape may not be particularly interesting, the facts behind the different types of clouds are. If you child (or yourself) is interested in the details of this special branch of meteorology, you will benefit from this one.

Easy to understand and nicely illustrated. A recommended read!

 
head scratcher
head scratcher

What is a Cloud You Ask?

A cloud is a meteorological feature but they are visible to humans and animals alike. It's hard to believe, but they are actually only visible liquids or frozen crystals in the air. On earth, they are water. On other planets or celestial objects, they can be chemicals.

There are different types of clouds and they are at different altitudes. The Cumulus cloud is the most common and the ones most associated with cloud gazing although Cirrus or other types of higher elevations can also be beautiful, but usually not as puffy as a Cumulus cloud.

I don't really care about the names, I just look at them in awe and marvel at the way they are necessary for human existence.

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Talk to the Hand

Talk to the Hand
Talk to the Hand

Daffy Duck on the Toilet

Daffy Duck on the Toilet
Daffy Duck on the Toilet

France has the Atomic Bomb?

France has the Atomic Bomb?
France has the Atomic Bomb?

Man Being Attacked by a Shark

Man Being Attacked by a Shark
Man Being Attacked by a Shark

Feeling a Little Horse - Yes, This is a Real Non-Manipulated Photo

Feeling a Little Horse - Yes, This is a Real Non-Manipulated Photo
Feeling a Little Horse - Yes, This is a Real Non-Manipulated Photo

I Wondered Where My Cats Went

umbrella cats
umbrella cats

"Well Wilbur, I Think Clouds Look Like Marshmallows."

"Well Wilbur, I Think Clouds Look Like Marshmallows."
"Well Wilbur, I Think Clouds Look Like Marshmallows."

Clouds in the Sky...or Jellyfish in the Ocean?

Clouds in the Sky...or Jellyfish in the Ocean?
Clouds in the Sky...or Jellyfish in the Ocean?

This Cloud Looks Like Batman

This Cloud Looks Like Batman
This Cloud Looks Like Batman

Did I Bring Some Sunshine to your Cloudy Day? - Quick, leave a comment before it rains!

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    • norma-holt profile image

      norma-holt 4 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      Adriana 5 years ago from New Market

      Awesome lens! Reminded me of my own cloud gazing from our trampoline in the backyards when my daughter was younger. So much fun!

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      Winter52 LM 5 years ago

      My morning is indeed... sunny! Going to sit out today and do some cloud gazing!

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      CottageHomestead 5 years ago

      So cute! Loved this lens!

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      What a treat! You definitely brought some sunshine to my morning.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Lovely light hearted composition. A cloud over Gulf of Carpenter was televised recently as it looked like a smiley face. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2. By the way we get heat waves that go well above 100*. When in my late teens we had several days in a row in Sydney around 114*. Now that's hot. 104-105* is almost normal for January here. Hugs

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      Weekendvoer 5 years ago

      Funny, had a good laugh thanks to the shark cloud. Nice job

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      Fay Favored 5 years ago from USA

      Clouds tell a story all by themselves. Fun lens.

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      Fcuk Hub 5 years ago

      This lens shows that clouds are important :)

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      AfroMuscle 5 years ago

      LOL this is rather random. that said, I like to identify clouds. In england we get lots of stratocumulus (i think) and altostratus clouds.

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      dahlia369 5 years ago

      I also look at the clouds every time I go out and when I'm driving, appreciating their uniqueness and constant changing and traveling, growing and disappearing. Nice lens!! :)

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      Wendy Gillissen 5 years ago

      Nice lens, I do love cloud gazing, the sky is like an ever-changing painting to me:-)

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      liamd130 5 years ago

      Great lens, such a nice thought to take the mind off stressful subjects

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I love cloud gazing

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      cishemant 5 years ago

      I am amazed with the thinking and creativity.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I've seen castles and dragons and giant faces in clouds.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I really enjoyed reading this lens. Nice photos...

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      atulpatel-dobariya 5 years ago

      I think cloud gazing is truly amazing idea, it is really interesting to watch clouds in its full glory.

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      KaraAshton 5 years ago

      I love this lens. The pictures and animations are great and the info is fun and entertaining.

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      Caromite 5 years ago

      I love your lens! It's so much fun to search for pictures in the clouds, I did this a lot when I was a child :)

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      lovemicheala 5 years ago

      What a beautiful lens! I love the painting the sky picture

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      Country Sunshine 5 years ago from Texas

      This brings back happy memories for me. My late husband & I spent many a lazy afternoon or evening looking at clouds. He always saw more shapes than I; perhaps he had a better imagination!

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      mizrae 5 years ago

      What a cute lens. I remember looking at cloud-shapes when I was child.

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      HtCares 5 years ago

      I love watching the clouds in all their beauty. Sometimes, it's like God took a paintbrush and made a picture out of the sky. Thanks for sharing in this lens.

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      HtCares 5 years ago

      I love watching the clouds in all their beauty. Sometimes, it's like God took a paintbrush and made a picture out of the sky. Thanks for sharing in this lens.

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      futureme lm 5 years ago

      Great lens. A wonderful way to relax; watching clouds go by. As children, we used to lay on the beach staring up at the sky and pretending to rub out the little fluffy clouds - they do disappear as you stare at them. Try it with someone that doesn't know they dissolve anyway...

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      ismeedee 5 years ago

      Oops, too late... but that is because it is ALWAYS raining where I am. Beautiful lens. I love clouds!!

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      leonasharon 5 years ago

      Well presented and a nicely thought out topic.

      Thanks for publishing it.really appreciated the thought.

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      MrInfopreneur 5 years ago

      very interesting lens. though it didnt seem like many photos from your backyard :D

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      antoniow 5 years ago

      Great lens, nicely done!

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      John Tannahill 5 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I just heard the banks have been rigging the clouds for decades.

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      Warrenpeace21 5 years ago

      Thank you this is a fantastic lens.My wife and I are avid Cloud Watchers too, as we live on the fifth floor and we have an awesome view of the London Skyline.

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      I love looking at the clouds. When driving in the car is a good time to view a lot of clouds. Fun photos and great lens.

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      pawpaw911 5 years ago

      Great way to slow down and relax.

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      newage74 5 years ago

      Cool pic of the cats :)

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      WriterDave 5 years ago

      The batman one made me laugh. Very nice lens!

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      fullofshoes 5 years ago

      I loved reading your lens and gazing at your cloud pictures! Beautiful...and ~blessed~

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      I have loads of pics of the clouds.I take a pic at least once a week.I enjoyed your lens very much.

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      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      It is so important to appreciate the beauty of the world we live in, and cloud watching is definitely one way. Thanks for reminding us, and in particular me, of the importance

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      Dana Marie 5 years ago from St. Peters, MO

      I too love looking to the sky at the clouds to see the pictures God painted for the day. Great lens!

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      Leah J. Hileman 5 years ago from East Berlin, PA, USA

      Fun photos. I enjoy cloud watching and belong to the Cloud Appreciation Society.

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      MEJC LM 5 years ago

      I love clouds, they're great!

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      Mary Norton 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Clouds fascinate me so enjoyed this lens much.

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      When I was a child, I'd lay on the ground and watch clouds. It was very relaxing.

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      SheilaMilne 5 years ago from Kent, UK

      For once, we had a cloud free day, except for your wonderful pictures, of course. :)

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      I think I'll do a little cloud gazing right now.

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      jlshernandez 5 years ago

      I definitely enjoyed your cloudy lens. Thanks for sharing your humor.

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      Nancy Johnson 5 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Oh what a wonderful lens. The photos brought me lots of sunshine. I love seeing clouds and using my imagination as to what they remind me of. I usually see lots of dragons or bunnies.

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      biminibahamas 5 years ago

      Nice lens ... enjoyed learning a little bit about clouds

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What a fun lens idea. I love gazing at clouds.

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      Natural_Skin_Care 5 years ago

      For sure, I'd rather stare at clouds than meditate. Much more relaxing.

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      Success_At_School 5 years ago

      Great lens - I did this a lot as a child. It's very relaxing.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There's nothing better than laying on a grassy hill watching the clouds. Thanks for sharing