42 thoughts on “Feathering the Nest of the Sky

    1. There are only two Krispy Kremes in Houston, in the western suburbs. If there were one on the south side of town, I’d find it hard not to respond to their ads. On the other hand, I always respond to these clouds. They came and went in a day, but they were lovely.

    1. I do love cirrus clouds. Too bad they’re more pretty than useful. My favorite forecasters included the drought map this morning. It’s not here yet, but it’s creeping closer. Here’s hoping for some nice, statewide rain sooner rather than later.

    1. I took this photo on Wednesday afternoon while I still was at work, using my iphone. If I’d driven home for my camera, the sight would have been gone, since it took only ten minutes for the clouds to reshape themselves into something less pleasing.

    1. I enjoyed the similarity between these clouds and the sight of a single egret or heron feather floating on water. White and blue is such a beautiful combination.

    1. Thank you, Debbie. After days and weeks of gloomy, gray skies, it was pure pleasure to look up and see the clouds arranging themselves so nicely!

    1. I love clouds generally, but the first sight of these ‘spring clouds’ always makes me happy. If I understand it rightly, part of the reason they’re less common here in summer and fall is that they form from rising dry air, and we’re a little short of dry air in those seasons!

    1. Thanks, Todd. I still haven’t used my phone as a camera more than a few times, but this time it came to the rescue. I saw the clouds while at work, and they would have dissolved long before I could retrieve my camera. As for the haiku, I struggled to find the last line last night and couldn’t. So, I went to bed. When I woke up morning, there was the line, fully formed. It’s always interesting when that happens.

      1. I completely agree. It’s amazing what the mind is capable of when given a little time of its own. I certainly understand why some folks have thought of the muse as something outside of us. It really does seem that way sometimes. We are incredible creatures.

    1. The very well could be. Or, they might belong to the Great Speckled Bird, or that famous Freebird, or one of Bob Marley’s three little birds. Any would be fine with me!

    1. So lovely, Gerard! I’ve not seen a dragonfly yet, but they surely will be emerging soon. I suppose it won’t be long until you’ll be seeing signs of autumn. The world keeps turning.

    1. Thank you, Derrick. After so much gray and gloom, it was delightful to have such pretty, clear skies and so many wispy clouds. Now? It’s back to gray and gloom, but at least we may get some rain from it all.

  1. Spring skies with those wonderful “feathers” have been great to see lately!

    Along with a few brightly blooming small flowers and a couple of dragonflies, we know Spring is truly on our doorstep!

    1. So you’ve had them, too! Reading up on cirrus, I learned that they form when dry air is ascending. That explains why they’re more common here in spring and fall, I suppose. In summer, there’s too much humidity.

      I saw two dragonflies today — quite a surprise. And the birds are beginning to sing and pair up — that’s a real sign of spring!

    1. I do, too. They’re so alive, and their changes are interesting. Learning to read the clouds can put any of us on the path to being a good weather-predictor. Long before satellites and The Weather Channel, my grandma knew when to fetch the laundry from the clothesline!

    1. I’m glad they appealed to you, Ann. Those light clouds seemed to call for some ‘light’ words, and I thought these paired well with the photo.

    1. Thanks, Ann! This is the second time my iPhone has been available when my camera wasn’t, and clouds wait for no one! I may have been at work, in the middle of a parking lot, but the view was great.

  2. A haiku befitting the clouds…or clouds befitting the haiku. Either way a nice catch and fine pairing. The iPhone comes in handy when we can’t carry our camera and lenses around every day.

    1. It’s always nice when words and image fit together so well. It was a beautiful sky day, that’s for sure. It was especially interesting because this kind of sky was over Austin the day before, and Steve photographed some of the same kind of clouds. Then, the system moved toward us, and I got my chance. As for the iPhone, I think of it in the same way I think of my orbital sander. It’s a tool I rarely need, but now and then it’s exactly the right tool for the job.

      1. Speaking of orbital sanders….I used to have Porter Cable random orbital sanders. One palm sized and one larger for bigger surfaces. Both burned out at the same time but were probably 15 or more years old. Of course that’s a short life for the power tools I had at the start of my career, some of which, by Bosch, I still use. PC is a good quality brand but like everything else, plastic and cheaper metal parts now. My one complaint was the dust collection system was not very good. Not a problem for you I’d guess but all my work is indoors. I’ve never been a big fan of Dewalt but that was the only brand available when I needed to replace the palm model and I have to admit that my esteem for that tool is large. Between the excellent dust catching and velcro pads I couldn’t be happier with it and my finishing area remains clean and reasonably dust free.

        1. I started out with Porter Cable. It lasted a good while; I only replaced it about three years ago. To be honest, I can’t remember what I have now, but I’m happy with it. The PC died in the middle of a job, I needed another immediately, and picked up whatever yon big box store had in stock. You’re right that dust-catching never has been a concern. For the interior work that I do, hand-sanding’s the way to go.

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