Sweeping clouds bespeak a breezy day, set against the quiet and peace of a rural ranch.
The setting is in the foothills of the Blue Mountains near Walla Walla, WA (which is, yes, a real place) and although the calendar tells us that it is spring and time for warm weather, the temperature tells us otherwise. The clouds in the sky are being moved by a high wind, creating a painting of their own, one that changes moment by moment.
Often, when one thinks of big sky country, one’s thoughts hearken to Montana – no doubt because of excellent public relations on the part of the state to define itself as an area filled with wild, free, uninhabited country. But big skies are all through the earth, and one of these places is in the Walla Walla Valley in Washington State, USA.
And while one can stare at the clouds, seeking a recognizable shape (“Oh, look – there’s a cow! And that’s an airplane!”) sometimes there is much pleasure in just looking at the clouds for being nothing more than clouds themselves – filled with shape, color, movement, and a drama that is unique to their being.
On a stormy day, the clouds speak one thing; on a calm one, they speak another, but the clouds themselves are beauteous and magnificent, worth taking time away from whatever it is we are doing (not texting again, surely?) to marvel at the beauty of nature above us.
March 30th, 2017
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