Sumoflam, Clouds and Lexington
I have always enjoyed spending time watching nature. I enjoy the birds and the bees, the squirrels, the colorful flowers and trees, lakes and mountains. I am also fascinated by what I see in the skies and in the heavens.
Hidden Sun on a cloudy day in Lexington
Over the past year I’ve become enamored with what I am terming “Sky Art.” This represents the clouds in the sky and all their various shapes, the numerous crisscrossing of airline contrails, and the beautiful watercolor spectrum of sunsets and sunrises.
Jets look like meteors streaking across the sky
I have probably taken hundreds of photos of the sky over the last couple of years, and more specifically dozens of the contrail “Sky Art” that I see on an almost daily basis when the skies are blue.
Making Contrails – a plane flies high over Lexington
I have done some research on contrails just so that I can understand how these vapors form those nice straight lines across the sky and then the winds spread them out. Some people call them “chemtrails”, but the actual term is “contrails.” Contrails is short for condensation trails.
Wispy orange clouds
Spooky gray evening clouds
Of course, not all sky art is a result of contrails. I have seen numerous clouds that are wispy and that have been windblown and have these unique ghostlike shapes. I’ve seen cloud formations that look like a furrowed and plowed farm. Indeed, there are some formations that I wonder how they could form naturally with such symmetry.
Waterfall looking clouds
“Furrowed Clouds” over Lexington captured one early morning.
Furrows over downtown Lexington
Wind whipped cloud arch
But then it brings me back to flowers and other items in nature that also have symmetry.
Most of the contrail photos I have were taken above Lexington. Actually, they were taken from Lexington looking up!
Streaks criss-crossing in the sky
X marks the spot
Sky designs being created as a jet leaves its mark in the fray
Orange contrail spread across the sky
Wildcat Claw Marks across the Lexington sky?
Our world is blessed with many amazing sunrises and sunsets. And I have seen a great share of them myself. I have a friend, Antsy McClain, is a song called “Watercolor Skies” and there are times that I see just such skies.
Watercolor Skies at sunrise over Kansas
Purples and Pinks over Lexington (photo NOT adjusted)
Then, there are the fiery skies. Bright orange glows in the sky from this from the sun beaming off of the clouds. Indeed, the variety of “Sky Art” that we experience as humans is absolutely astounding! I truly feel very blessed to have eyes that are able to witness such natural spectacles.
Clouds at sunset over a mountain in Northern Montana
Sunset in North Carolina leaves a bright orange glow behind a silhouetted cloud
Sunrise glow over Jacobson Lake in Lexington
Steam rises in front of the sunrise on a cold winter morning
Evening sky looks like it is on fire
Fiery Orange sky as seen from North Lexington
After all the glorious sites there are the unusual and strange. For instance, how about this alligator trying to bite the sun?
Want to drive to Georgia in the evening one night we were approaching a rainstorm. Down the freeway from us was this giant cloud with two holes in it, that looked like a giant monster getting ready to eat the cars heading down the highway.
The Cloud Monster – taken while heading south on I-75 in North Georgia
A cloud looks like a Firebird over Lexington
The moon glows through the clouds making a “Spooky Eye”
Monsters aren’t the only creations in the sky. How about State shapes? I have two examples of “Kentucky” in the clouds.
Kentucky over Kentucky
Kentucky shaped cloud above the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico
Finally, there is the “Silver Lining” of clouds. People often talk about that, but here a couple examples of clouds with the silver lining. To me looking at the skies ALWAYS has a silver lining!
Silver Lining 2 as seen from the base of the St. Louis Arch
I want to close off with a few more unique shots of clouds, skies, sun and moon.
Streaky clouds hide the sun
Trees and Clouds
Gray streaks in the sky
Geese in formation below the clouds
Morning Moon in the blue sky
Sun over the clouds taken from an airplane (as we made contrails??)
Water Ripples in the Sky