Nature WOWs – Clouds

Nature WOWs – Clouds

If you look around and pay attention, nature provides hundreds of WOWs on a daily basis. I have located several WOW cloud formations and taken pictures of a few of my own in order to share these nature WOWs with you. Although I was asked if the smiley face cloud picture I once posted to Wealth of WOW was photo shopped and I could not say for sure at that time….I have since visualized a cloud formation so much like this photo while standing on my deck which was validation enough for me that this was entirely possible to be a 100% natural shot. At the time, I ran for the camera, but the cloud formation changed so quickly and was then not worth taking. That is the value of a WOW… you have to pay attention and enjoy them, as they are often gone in an instant but can linger in your memory for a long time.

The talk of clouds brings back memories from several eras of my life. As a child and during long car trips my siblings and I would look up in the sky and see what we could see in the clouds. Then we would try to talk each other into envisioning what we saw…describing in great detail the tail and the head and the eyes, yes they were lopsided, but yes there were two of them. Often it was a stretch to say the least…LOL! It did however keep us occupied and in a creative way, and our appreciation of nature was real. Years later when travelling with children of my own and on the days the sky was filled with fluffy cumulus clouds we would play the same game of finding pictures in the cloud formations.

Somewhere in the middle of these two points in my life, my husband of thirty years now, was then, studying for his private pilot’s license and as you can imagine cloud formations is a significant part of this curriculum. I learned about cumulus, cirrus and stratus clouds in a much more detailed way along with his so that I could test him on his knowledge to help him study.

After a quick refresher, here is my Clouds 101 lesson for you. Cirrus clouds are the wispy ones. These feathery clouds accumulate very high in the sky, where it is very cold and are comprised of ice crystals. They are often the signal of bad weather. Stratus clouds are the low level blankets of cloud we see in the sky. They appear as a grey, sheet of cloud extending in all directions across the sky. When we see these dark and gloomy cloud formations, we are usually self-proclaimed weather men and are calling for rain. Now I will talk about Cumulus clouds, which I absolutely love! These are the fun, fluffy clouds that we look for shapes and other images in and often get lucky in finding them. Cumulus clouds are found at a height of about 500 meters. They are made up of tiny water droplets and form when sunshine warms pockets of moist air which forces them to rise higher in the sky, forming the familiar fluffy shapes we love. These clouds are usually seen on nice days with a blue sky background to frame the shape which just adds to their beauty!

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