John & Anne Wiley

2010/11/09

Both Sides Now

Filed under: Happiness,Has Photos,Inner World,Nature,Random,SB Region — John @ 02:16

That old Joni Mitchell song is one of my favs, and I’ve always enjoyed cloudwatching. Now that we’ve flown Tripp among and above them, that enjoyment has only increased. Tonight’s sunset walk brought more fun cloudwatching. This one first got our attention when a jet climbing out of LAX emerged from it.

3316 Fast Cloud

3316 Fast Cloud

The air outside the cloud was dry, so the jet trail ends close to the cloud. I like how the cloud, up at 16,000 feet, is still in full sun while you can see the orange glow on the foreground tree here close to sea level. Just four minutes later the cloud has changed completely and the tree is bathed in even more orange glow.

3319 Cloud Morph

3319 Cloud Morph

You can still make out the jet trail at the left, and the cloud was markedly further away. When we got home I looked it up, and winds up there were at least 50mph. Two more minutes and it had changed even more, with a new low cloud forming down in the sunset glow.

3322 Orange Puff

3322 Orange Puff

Looking the toward the sunset rather than away, other little puffs were forming for our entertainment.

3323 More Puff Clouds

3323 More Puff Clouds

Seven minutes after the first pic, the first cloud had moved perhaps seven miles away and was now alive with various sunset shades.

3329 Soft Sunset Clouds

3329 Soft Sunset Clouds

Such a beautiful world! Every moment a new miracle.

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