Saturday, 31 May 2014

cloud day #27 1st June 2014

The first day of a new month; ostensibly the first month of winter if you go by the strict 'three months four seasons' idea that is. Today's cloud activity has been sporadic, so I raced to take a picture as soon as there was this layer of cloud appearing…it's quite something, looking like curds from milk or something, or cauliflower perhaps?

cloud day #26 31st May 2014

The last day for May dawned fine and clear despite the weather predictions for warm and wet. Yay for some clouds, taken in the afternoon - not a cloud to be seen this morning!

Thursday, 29 May 2014

cloud day #25 30th May 2014

This reminds me of an Old Masters painting, I think it's the gold? and perhaps something in the shape and form of the cloud, heavy and blowsy. There is a patch underneath that resembles snow on a hilly slope, or a slope-y hill, but it is in fact a patch of sky, weirdly enough.

Wednesday, 28 May 2014

cloud day #24 29th May 2014

Woke this morning to cloud, resulting in a more benign early morning temperature. The clouds this morning have a softly whipped look to them, like voluptuous folds of silk left to fall and drape...

cloud day #23 28th May 2014

A cloudless day resulted in a hazy bank of cloud in the glow of the sun's journey downwards. Auckland needs more of the dry cold that we have experienced over the last two days.

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

cloud day #22 27th May 2014

Perhaps I could/should have titled this blog 'sky project' rather than 'cloud project', using today's photo as evidence that not every day is going to produce clouds! It presented a dilemma, today, but I'm sure skies like this will be in the minority. This photo is really grainy and I'm not sure why as I haven't altered anything in terms of my camera...

Sunday, 25 May 2014

cloud day #21 26th May 2014

If you look closely, you will see rain in the distance, falling out of the white cloud to the left and then toward the middle of the photo. There has been rain on and off at times during the day, interspersed with dazzlingly sunny, albeit cold, weather. I like the hint of soft pink showing through as the sun dawdles toward setting (well, it doesn't really dawdle at this time of year as much as sprint, it seems).

Saturday, 24 May 2014

cloud day #20 25th May 2014

Oh how painterly the sky is this evening, a resonance with the painterly kind of late autumn day we have enjoyed - very still, very mild, soft almost. This sky, as a paint colour for walls and the like, would team with crisp white and soft linen for an ethereal decor experience.

cloud day #19 24th May 2014

I waited until late in the day hoping for a tinge of pink, and was duly rewarded by the faintest sweeps of colour…the wisps of palest pink seem to have been swiped there by a careless hand, insouciance at its best.

Friday, 23 May 2014

cloud day #18 23rd May 2014

I love the way the sun is in the lower third of the photo - see the rays - between clouds. The rays are managing to highlight, ever so lightly, a part of the hills. As a child I remember thinking (when catching sight of the sun casting rays out from clouds) that they were 'coming from heaven'. Of course, I know better now! and I still think there is something celestial about images such as this...

Wednesday, 21 May 2014

cloud day #17 22nd May 2014

The sky tells all, at least regarding the weather. This photo is no exception - it has been a gloriously sunny day today and only now, at day's end, are the clouds showing themselves. I decided to wait as this morning presented nothing but azure - beautiful but not fit for purpose! What am I going to do in summer I wonder, then I remind myself that this is Auckland, and there will still be clouds…

cloud day #16 21st May 2014

A glowering sky this morning, although earlier it had been pure blue. The clouds rolled in from the west and overtook the sun, which felt annoyingly familiar!

Monday, 19 May 2014

cloud day #15 20th May 2014

It's possible that I may change the angle/position/view that I have occupied in order to snap all cloud pictures up to now, for variety's sake. For now though, I am happy to stand in one place, albeit at varying times day to day. There is something appealing in consistency, however I am also aware that it could get a bit same-y. I'll see how it all goes as time unfolds. Here is today's shot, taken this morning at about 8.15:

Sunday, 18 May 2014

cloud day #14 19th May 2014

This picture has a touch of the exotic, I think. The fog lying at the base of the hills looks like water (or is that simply a product of my fevered imagination; wanting it to be so?) and the tree and branches (that resemble grasses) remind me of an island setting (ditto imagination). The sun has risen a while ago, but has only just left the ridge. Gorgeous.

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Saturday, 17 May 2014

cloud day #13 18th May 2014

Fluffy cotton balls, in the cornflower:

cloud day #12 17th May 2014

Lots of low impressive cloud activity today. No rain, but the clouds are like the follow up from the rain. The day started out pristinely blue, but deteriorated (or improved) - whichever you prefer - with cloud cover like this. I like the closeness of the cloud, and the far away bank, both at the same time.

Thursday, 15 May 2014

cloud day #11 16th May 2014

I waited in vain all day for clouds to appear, as this blog really relies on them! However, I guess there will be many cloudless days over the next year…there is a faintest glimmer of cloud hovering…as I scanned the horizon for a cloud!

Wednesday, 14 May 2014

cloud day #10 15th May 2014

This is one dramatic sky. The sun is only just casting a glow, struggling as it is with the considerable (and slightly menacing) clouds around and above it. There has been plentiful rain overnight and more to come. I love the glimpse of sunny blue, a reminder that above clouds there is always the purity of blueness.

Tuesday, 13 May 2014

cloud day #9 14th May 2014

Taken this morning, I am loving how no two days will ever be the same in terms of the sky and clouds above us. Infinite possibilities!
Rain present in this cloud, and in fact it rained shortly after this shot was taken. Wonderful wonderful ethereal light.

cloud day #8 13th May 2014

Early morning, the sun peeping over the ridge line with ominous clouds portending rain. In case anyone is wondering, I am familiar with the 'proper' names and descriptions for clouds, but prefer to lapse into descriptive prose, if I can make that claim! I have a copy of the excellent book 'Cloud Studies' which I frequently refer to.

Sunday, 11 May 2014

cloud day #7 12th May 2014

One week down, 51 to go in my cloud project!
Today's photo has also been taken in the late afternoon/early evening and I love the hint of a rainbow; showers had been forecast for the day but none appeared. The rainbow decided to put in an appearance regardless!

cloud day #6 11th May 2014

Mixing it up a little, this picture was taken late afternoon verging-on evening. I had been waiting for cloud all day, but the day was relentlessly cloudless, not that I'm complaining as the countdown to winter continues…the soufflĂ© of clouds on the ridge line is a bonus...

Friday, 9 May 2014

cloud day #5 10th May 2014

I love the cotton wool balls amongst the wisp today. Another benignly warm day, with a faint breeze to scud the clouds along. This is early afternoon cloud at its best:

Thursday, 8 May 2014

cloud day #4 9th May 2014

The benign-ness of the skies continues, despite dire warnings of impending thunder and heavy rain. What joy to wake to such celestial calmness!

Wednesday, 7 May 2014

cloud day # 3 8th May 2014

A watercolour sky this morning; a brush has gone over in the night, after rain, and left this gloriously smudged grey vista. Wonderful!

Tuesday, 6 May 2014

cloud day #2 7th May 2014

This is a shot of my morning sky. I love the promise of the day, the hills, the clouds peering over the horizon.

Monday, 5 May 2014

cloud day #1 6th May 2014

This is the very first day of my cloud project. I am a cloud lover, a lover of clouds. Every day for a year I am going to snap a picture of the sky overhead and post it here. The clouds in the sky should tell it all - although clouds and skies are perhaps deceptive barometers of season. Starting in May as I am, it is the last month of autumn, if we are to believe in rigid seasons! See what you think: