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Cloudy Skies over the lake

The timing of this week's prompt couldn't have been more apropos in regards to not only how I'd like things to be going, but also the poke to maybe look at things differently.    Here's what Sally wrote:

We tend to always be looking forward to the future.
We set our sites on the world in front of us and sometimes rely on "tunnel vision" to get to our goals.  Don't get me wrong, looking forward is a great way to achieve your goals, but sometimes looking at your world one way can lead to creative gridlock and if we just change our perspective a tiny bit a whole new avenue of ideas may open up!
 
This week let's change our perspective and look up! 
 
There is a whole world above us that we sometimes miss seeing because we simply forget to look up.

Why is it not until a "real" problem arises that you really realize how smooth things were going.  I'm willing to look up, down, under, over, every which way but loose!

The weatherman called for thunderstorms this week, but most days they did not materialize.  Instead we had some spectacular clouds pass overhead.  So I did what I love to do when I see those big poofy clouds:  went out with my camera.

Skull cloud

skull?

As I'm writing this I realize it was like a meditation of sorts.  My mind wasn't thinking of any family issues or projects to be completed.  I just focused on scanning the clouds for images.  It gave my body and mind some time to relax and then be open to new thoughts.

Elephant and Flying Baby cloud

Elephant in background, baby or frog swimming to left

Looking up, much like staring out at the ocean, reminds one not only of how small and seemingly insignificant our problems are to the universe, but also how beautiful the universe is in its organized vastness and how the part we play is so very significant.

Rhinoceros Cloud

Rhinoceros dancing on a cloud With the support and love of my amazing brothers and their families we'll all get through this complicated and sad time in the best way we each know how.  With a shared past there's understanding.

I linked up with the Studio Sublime's photography challenge.  Check out how others are looking up by clicking on the button below.
 
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Janet, so sorry to hear there

Janet, so sorry to hear there is sadness in your family .... lovely to let the mind relax and wander a bit with the clouds. Beautiful pictures

janet - what a refreshing

janet - what a refreshing look at the world! All I have to do is read a non-fiction book (I'm reading Wild Swans right now) and I feel insignificant and relieved my life is where I'm at! {:-Deb

i'm surprised there haven't

i'm surprised there haven't been more cloud pics this week...these are wonderful photos, as always!!have a great weekend :)

Beautiful cloud photos. Glad

Beautiful cloud photos. Glad you got time to clear your mind and relax this week :)

Janet your cloud pics are

Janet your cloud pics are wonderful. It's great that you got to relax a little.

Gorgeous pictures love the

Gorgeous pictures love the clouds against the blue skies.

So sorry to hear of sadness

So sorry to hear of sadness in your family, but glad you had the clouds to take you to a special place to relax! I can definitely see the skull and the elephant, by the way!! ;-) Lovely photos!!

So sorry to hear of the

So sorry to hear of the sadness in your family, but glad you had the clouds to take you to a special stressfree place for a moment!and, I can totally see the skull and the elephant! :-)

I'm glad you can find a

I'm glad you can find a semblance of peace in the clouds. I hope true peace comes soon.

Love how you saw all those

Love how you saw all those creatures in the clouds. Art heals, so keep taking pictures.

Beautiful photos! I'm sorry

Beautiful photos! I'm sorry there is sadness. I hope these lovely clouds lifted your spirits if only for a while.

Sorry to hear about the

Sorry to hear about the sadness in your family and I hope brighter and sunnier times will soon follow. You probably did the best thing: took time to clear your mood, and watching clouds is sure a great relaxation and meditation 'tool'. Your pictures are gorgeous!

Your photos are beautiful. I

Your photos are beautiful. I see it too! I am sorry for the sorrow you are experiencing. It sounds like you found a few moments of peace while looking up.~Emahttp://www.emakdesigns.com/blog

Great shots, I like the dark

Great shots, I like the dark cloud against the white cloud, not something you see every day!

I am sorry for the sadness in

I am sorry for the sadness in your life now.Your clouds are so wonderful and peaceful. I love seeing the shapes (something leftover from when I was a child. )

What a beautiful post, Janet!

What a beautiful post, Janet! I'm so sorry to hear your life is not going so well right now~sending good thoughts for you!

Getting out with your camera

Getting out with your camera and capturing such wonderful cloud shapes was a great distraction from everyday troubles. I hope you can keep this peaceful feeling.

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