Kayakers are “cloudspotters.” Ordinarily, gazing up at the heavens gives us our weather report. But this Florida Keys sunset took our breath away. Virga—wispy ice crystals falling through high winds, in the lower right of the frame—predict deterioration of the weather. (Got that right! More on our recent 110-mile paddle from Key Largo to Key West coming up…) Another classic case of clouds imitating art: This exhibit ranged from Albrecht Durer’s grey “Winged Man Playing a Lute” to Chagall’s fiery “Sarah and the Angels” and back again. 🙂
Wow. Thank you for sharing such a singularly spectacular southern sky.
Hey, Pete. Yes, a southernMOST sky! As you might imagine, the B&Bs in Key West (the southernmost point in the US) capitalize on that fact, ad infinitum… The weather and skies are highly entertaining, more so than the bars and restaurants (in our geeky opinion). Thanks for writing!
Are you guys back? How was it? Can’t wait to hear stories and see pictures.
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Yep, back. Bug-bit. Burnt. In other words, great kayak trip! Pics arriving from others in the group, so once we’ve collected and made sense of it all, we’ll write a post. Big hugs! See you on the (freezing) water this weekend?
The clouds look like birds 🙂
Hey Marce!! Yeah, they do. Angels too, if you believe in such things… We liked thinking of them as our guardians, even if they did evaporate eventually!
That’s the great thing about being in a kayak… The ability to stay with the sky like you’ve shown. I can’t count the number of times my husband has cautioned me not to be so poky during sunsets… He, not anxious to paddle back to where we put in… in the dark!
Haha, we can see both sides of that argument! Thanks so much for visiting, JANE 🙂 We really love your blog! Jean & Alex
Virga. I have only seen it out west…southwest desert country. Some special shots here. Thanks.
Thanks! And thanks for visiting. We’d love to see those SW desert clouds. J&A
I truly love clouds, but usually for me, they never turn out as well as yours.
Oh Badfish! Then you will LOVE this book: The Cloudspotter’s Guide/ The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds by Gavin Pretor-Pinney (founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society). No kidding—there really is such a society. The book is fantastic, and quite funny, believe it or not. A bestseller in the UK (figures, they are quite preoccupied by the weather). Enjoy 🙂
Hey guys, thanks for the tip. I may just look up that book!
Hope you will… it really kind of made our year, book-wise! 🙂
on my list of things to do now
We rely on The Cloud Collector’s Handbook, same author, may need it tomorrow. Opening day for us, back on the water as the silly winter (in effect one weekend) draws to a close.
Hey, Michael!!! Happy Opening Day 🙂 Of COURSE you will bring you camera…? Your fall 2015 photos were spectacular, and I’ve failed spectacularly by not collecting and posting them. You can see, we’ve fallen (no pun intended) behind in our posts… nothing tragic, just work and traveling for work, late nights working… can’t seem to find the energy to turn on the computer again after staring at it for 12 hours previously… ugh. The pull to go analog gets stronger and stronger. Do you ever feel that way? Jean
Work? I used to do that sort of thing once, just for exercise. Not worth it. Takes up your whole day.
Hmmm — it was 30+ years of exercise at Château d’If…
On the same subject (exercise), the analog muscles were creaking yesterday, not to mention a lack of rotational limber, finally stowed the camera to allow freedom of movement in the cockpit. A few subjects on the water, mostly skittish mergansers, couldn’t get close enough, blew the one good chance. Try again today, air temp rising to 72, water temp likely to reach 40, comfortable conditions for early March!
It was a pleasant fall paddle but void of clouds. In spring we scored our best ever, pile d’assiettes.
Stunning cloudscapes! 🙂
We take full credit for them. (Heeeheeee!) Thanks, Dina!
Peep this! 🙂
Oh, my. All of these birds dance better than I do, hahaha!! Thanks so much for the fun video link, Dina! J 🙂