Wild Weekly Photo Challenge: Clouds

Pretty, pretty cloud. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains.

Pretty, pretty clouds. Rolling and rumbling through the evening sky chasing the sunset across the plains. Promises of rain, threats of storms, I love you just the same.

Living in Oklahoma, cloud watching is more about preservation than daydreams. But I love clouds, even the scary ones! Between our violent weather and our amazing sunsets, we get some pretty amazing looking formations. Whether they are black and rolling or colorful and meandering, our clouds are beautiful.

On a crisp sunny day, the pillowing white formations make for a wonderful afternoon of daydreaming with your children: that one looks like a bunny or that one looks like a dragon! Whatever you see is magical.

On a overcast evening, while the sun is setting, you can get colors ranging from the faintest pink to the deepest darkest red. Colors that cause you to stop whatever you are doing, just to watch as the colors fade to black.

And then when cold fronts and warm fronts collide, you get clouds that make you run for cover. I have photographed many of these; ones that looked like a giant rolling cinnamon roll close enough to the roof of my house that I felt like I could reach out and snatch a bite. My children cried for me to come indoors, but I looked at them knowingly that if this cloud did decide to drop out of the sky to form a tornado, the cover of our “center room” would not be enough. Still I photographed.

I cannot find my scary photos, my pics are not archived that well, so its hard to hunt them down without spending hours, if not days looking for that one just right photo. But I did manage to snap a shot the other night of some big rolling clouds just as the sun was setting. These were a combo of beautiful and scary as they marked the huge thunderstorm that rolled in a few minutes after I took the images. They were moving fast and the light was fading equally as quick, so I did not have time for a tripod. Thus, these images are a bit grainy and not nearly as colorful as they were when I went in to retrieve my camera. But they are what they are. 🙂

Storm Cloud 1 storm cloud 2

Have a beautiful and safe spring!

26 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. LyndaMichele
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 15:05:10

    I love the pink in them!


  2. apronheadlilly
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 15:51:49

    I too am a cloud person!!


  3. diannegray
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 21:13:19

    Cloud-watching is my very favourite pastime! 😀


  4. Island Traveler
    Apr 13, 2013 @ 23:15:24

    They are pretty. Mysterious and irresistible. Beautiful post. Have a great weekend.


  5. tchistorygal
    Apr 17, 2013 @ 05:38:35

    Those are gorgeous! Wow. The colors are magnificent!


    • Darla Welchel
      Apr 18, 2013 @ 18:56:14

      Thanks Marsha, the HD feature on my cell phone app, Camera+, made the images vibrant.


      • tchistorygal
        Apr 19, 2013 @ 18:14:52

        That’s interesting. awesome. You’ll have to do a post on that!!! 🙂

      • Darla Welchel
        Apr 21, 2013 @ 16:16:35

        I got confused, I didn’t take these images with my phone. Not bad for me!

      • tchistorygal
        Apr 21, 2013 @ 18:30:39

        hahaha. Who doesn’t get our pictures mixed up? haha Great shots anyway, no matter where you got them. 🙂 Are you a tornado chaser?

      • Darla Welchel
        Apr 22, 2013 @ 01:13:37

        Oh heavens no! I’m too big a chicken; plus I would get too caught up in the human element to do any good work. When we had the F5 in 1999, it was two weeks into the cleanup before I shot a single image. Many of my pics of the devastation made it into a Storm of the Century book put out by a local newspaper.
        I couldn’t concentrate on taking photos when so many were hurting; the same thing occurred after the Murah bombing. I couldn’t take a single image, it was too heartbreaking. Maybe that is why I’m just a so so photojournalist! LOL

      • tchistorygal
        Apr 22, 2013 @ 04:45:57

        I hear that. I’m on and off. Some days are just gorgeous, and I think – hmmm I don’t want to take any pictures. What’s up with that? 🙂

      • Darla Welchel
        Apr 24, 2013 @ 14:52:01

        For me, its because my photography became my work and I’ve gotten kind of burned out. I have to discover the reason I fell in love with it all over again!

      • tchistorygal
        Apr 24, 2013 @ 15:11:44

        Hi Darla, That probably isn’t going to happen to me. Hard to tell, but I can’t imagine seriously working again in the business except as a freelancer. I don’t think I work hard enough for that. 🙂

      • Darla Welchel
        Apr 27, 2013 @ 14:05:35

        All I do anymore is freelance, and I’m busier than I want to be. But then again, I like to eat!

      • tchistorygal
        Apr 27, 2013 @ 22:39:53

        Eating is nice. I’m at an iris festival, and Sally and I took a break and went to get fresh orange ice cream at Orange Works. Mmmm. 😍

      • Darla Welchel
        May 02, 2013 @ 16:55:52

        yum, I missed the iris here this year. I think the freezes got them. I do have two in my own yard attempting to bloom, but its supposed to freeze again tonight. 😦

      • tchistorygal
        May 02, 2013 @ 17:09:57

        Yikes, and it is in the 80s and 90s here already! 🙂

      • Darla Welchel
        May 04, 2013 @ 15:11:35

        Oh, we’ve had 80+ weather here too, then its followed by a freeze. 😛 We should be warmer all this next week.
        It has been the weirdest spring on record around here. We were 1 degree away for breaking the all time coldest April record. And I think we are no officially out of drought – for the time being. Who knows what the summer will bring?

    • Darla Welchel
      Apr 18, 2013 @ 18:56:47

      sorry, wrong post, I took these with my Nikon D200. not my cell phone. LOL


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