My place of peace and bliss is my balcony. It’s where I have my container garden. I sit there every day. I can feel how it reduces my stress. It’s where I watch birds, butterflies, bunnies, and even a coyote. The many trees in the surroundings keep the air fresh. Watching and photographing clouds is something many Washingtonians do. If you live here, you’d better learn to like clouds. You’ll be seeing a lot of them.
Today’s and this evening’s cirrus clouds were amazing. They form in the troposphere, the part of the atmosphere that’s closest to the earth. Ice crystals condense around particles, such as dust and even sea salt. Wind helps shape them.
Even though I’ve lived in Western Washington for many years, I’ve never seen clouds like these. I took dozens of photos. As far as I can tell, I was the only one outside cloud-gazing.
I’ve posted the picture in the order in which the clouds appeared.
In the morning, after the fog burned off, the sky was clear. In the afternoon this is what happened.
In the evening, this happened.
How much beauty do we miss by having our noses stuck to a computer screen, a smart phone, or a TV screen? I spend too much time at my computer, too. Or with my face in a book. Thanks to the view from my balcony I see more of the beauty of the earth, whether it’s a cloud or a bee.