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…I’m on cloud nine

…the clouds parted

…my head is cloudy

…every cloud has a silver lining

…your head is in the clouds

There are quite a few expressions that employ the word “cloud” and it got me wondering what is it about clouds that warrant such attention. If an alien civilization visited earth and read the litany of expressions we have regarding clouds they wouldn’t be sure if clouds are amazing fortuitous puffs of vapor or if they are the harbingers of woes to come.

When I think about it, I suppose that clouds are used in so many varied metaphors due to the very fickle nature of clouds. They can be light and puffy skipping across an azure blue sky on a bright sunny day. But, they can also be dark and foreboding threatening us with dangerous storms and concealed lightening strikes. They can be whimsical and transmogrify into cartoon characters, animals or any number of elaborate mise en scène creations.

The list of words that we ascribe to clouds is lengthy. Clouds may be described as light, dark, puffy, menacing, cheerful, ominous, floating, foreboding, stunning, thick, low, high, wispy, murky, and hazy. Clouds get painted on nursery walls to provide happy visual stimulus to newborn children meanwhile in other contexts clouds are used to denote mystery, intrigue and danger. I am fascinated by the wide spectrum of meaning we attribute to clouds.

All this to say I like clouds. I find them truly awe inspiring. There have been many occasions when I lifted my eyes up to the heavens I was met with nature’s display painted across the sky in the form of clouds.

In the words of a very very smart bear,

“I’m just a little black rain cloud
Hovering under the honey tree
I’m only a little black rain cloud
Pay no attention to little me
Oh, everyone knows that a rain cloud
Never eats honey, no, not a nip
I’m just floating around over the ground
Wondering where I will drip.”

Clouds that block out the world

An ocean of clouds when you climb to 10,000 feet

Clouds that reflect the evening sunset

Clouds that bring a summer storm

Clouds that just like to show off

Clouds trying to be mountains

Sibling clouds meeting up

Cloud fingers closing in

Alien ship or Star Destroyer (your choice)

Clouds just being… cool

Meringue pie clouds

Fanning clouds

A mountain blanket

Heavenly clouds

Smoke stack clouds

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