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When the world lets you see its lovely face on a beautiful morning like this.

You are humbled, mesmerized, awed and dazzled.

When  the morning brings such beauty

before your eyes.

When the morning sun reflects its light

on these  lovely cotton candy clouds,

be thankful….it is enough!

 

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Yesterday was another busy day for me –   doing  never-ending household chores, preparing meals for the day and tending my small garden. I had to trim the carabao grass because I could no longer  use the stepping-stones, they were almost covered with the fast-growing ground cover.  I think I sweated a pint (this is no exaggeration) when I finished trimming the front of the garden.  It was that kind of perfect weather, blue sky and a gentle breeze blowing softly  and the dogs were happy because they had company. Then I looked up and saw these clouds rolling by as if they were late for a rendezvous. I couldn’t run fast  enough to get my camera and take a few shots. See how quickly they move and change course.

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I am a cloud-watcher. Since I was a child I have always been fascinated by clouds.  I could not count the times I took shots of clouds and blogged about them. Next to my macro photos on flowers, clouds are my favorite subject.

Rabindranath Tagore described clouds beautifully when he said  “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

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One of my favorite subjects in photography – clouds. I love the mystery they evoke, what could be hiding behind those thick formations up there? I love watching  them drift by. Then I remember a quote from Rabindranath Tagore, “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”

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And I  do remember taking this shot more than two years ago when my kids and I  went to the cemetery in our home province to visit Dad’s grave.  Another sunset scene when the heart is so vulnerable it breaks into silent tears of goodbye.

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At first, I didn’t actually like these shots but on second look, they have a redeeming feature, my favorite subject – clouds. And the sun showing its face in the shadows of the Arch of the Centuries of my alma mater, the University of Santo Tomas!

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A cloud does not know why it moves in just such a direction and at such a speed… It feels an impulsion… this is the place to go now.  But the sky knows the reasons and the patterns behind all clouds, and you will know, too, when you lift yourself high enough to see beyond horizons.  ~Richard Bach

And it always gives me joy every time there is an opportunity to take a few shots.  I love the mystery it possesses and the grandeur of life it always makes me feel.  Clouds – you’re again hovering near!

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I was actually trying to take some shots of the clouds one sunny afternoon at SCTEX on our way to Manila from Pangasinan, but the sun showing its  almost perfect orb was just a bonus. I took these series of shots from the car, never even focusing  on the subject properly.  It tried to hide its face behind those thick clouds  but its rays were still visible somehow.

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I’ve finally been able to find my missing CD for my camera’s  Zoom browser.  Every picture I uploaded before has been erased when we re-programmed the PC I am using so I have to go back as early  as May of last year. My gosh, how have I accumulated so many pictures?  Clouds and flowers are  my favorite subjects so be sure they’ll be here in the succeeding days. Here’s hello to more photographs by 2012.

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And I thought I had enough of taking  pictures of clouds, and sunrise and sunsets, but it’s not to be. I still feel  too excited, too mesmerized by  the beauty of it all that I just can’t help but snap a few shots again.  They always say that when opportunity presents itself, why not grab the chance?

And I know deep in my heart that’s this is what I have been waiting for.  Every time I get the chance to travel up north, I always look forward to seeing sunsets and sunrises, unhampered by the foggy pollution of the city.  A breath of fresh air, you might say.  Next to taking macro shots of my garden blooms, clouds are my favorite subjects.   I ask myself, what is it that makes me enthralled by the beauty of nature?  I’d rather aim my camera at a wayward bloom than taking shot of a group of people. I’d rather freeze those moments of seeing the sun dance and the clouds making pretty pictures that tell of dreams and tales of fantasy.

So while we were on our way back to Manila last December 27, 2010 after an overnight stay in our place in Pangasinan,  I had the perfect opportunity to take a few shots . SCTEX  (Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway) is a 94 kilometer stretch of expressway connecting Metro Manila to the southern end of Subic and Tarlac City in the north.   It is definitely the best place to take  cloud pictures.   The above photo shows truckloads of sugar cane at the ready for transport.  I was fascinated by the rope hammocks  which were hung at the side of the trucks, the drivers sound asleep.  Just three quick shots in less than a minute!

Then the sun opened its face further along the highway and I was like an excited child with a new toy. I opened the window of the car  a bit, just a little space to have my camera in a right angle and presto, three more quick shots while the car was moving.

I was aiming for the sun’s rays but we were a little too fast to properly focus  on it.  It’s still visible anyway!  Heaven and Earth, beautiful!

You can see the clear view of the electric wires  lining up the road  but unlike the tangled lines you see in the city, this seems to be a natural part of the landscape.

Then the sun  was  partly obscured by a cloud formation that was simply so beautiful.   It was heaven to see a big ball of white rapidly traveling behind the dark  cloud formations.

My daughter suggested that I use the video but I said, no, I don’t want to have a depleted battery. I might see other things worth clicking further along the way.

I am nuts, but these shots made my day.  Then I remember  this quote from Martin Luther, “God writes the Gospel not in the Bible alone, but also on trees, and in the flowers and clouds and stars.”

The beauty of seeing the wonders of creation!  Some of us take things for granted but when you are given a second chance at life,  you are just grateful and thankful for everyday blessings.

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I am always enthralled and fascinated by every cloud formation that I see. I could not count the times when I look up and wish I had a camera to record every movement.  The sky remains a big canvas where the most mysterious drawings ever materialize…CLOUDS!

This is my nth time to blog about one of my favorite subjects…CLOUDS!

You make me feel anxious when you darken the sky  but  there is still that feeling of happiness when I see you just passing through, like bright cotton candies, mysterious figures that  brighten my world – for a few moments, for a day,  for eternity.

 

 

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O Cloud

What mystery could you be hiding

Behind that dark cloak?

You are threatening at times,

But I am still fascinated …..

Because watching you gives me

That feeling of oneness with the Universe

O Cloud, you are hovering near….

(took this shot while traversing SCTEX a year ago)

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