A ducky and a horsie…

It’s been a big year for clouds. They’ve been everywhere. Even out here in sunny Majorca. When I’m here I’m used to waking up to blue skies without a cloud in sight. But this year it’s been the other way round.

Now you might think that’s not a great thing. But as with everything in life there are compensations. And the compensations are that when there are clouds around you get to see some pretty amazing sights.

In June it was this:

Genie cloud...
Cloud over Pollenca Bay…

We’re eating lunch at the Mirador de la Victoria restaurant near Alcudia when a cloud genie rises out of the Tramuntana mountains to hover in the skies above our heads.

Then, a couple of weeks ago, as we headed towards Alcudia early one morning, the sun was negotiating with the clouds for the day ahead.

Morning sun over Pollenca Bay
Morning sun over Pollenca Bay

Later that same day, the clouds were winning. But we weren’t complaining.

Sea shimmer
Sea shimmer from Val d’Or

Because, as with so many things in life, you’ve got to have clouds. If for no other reason than to give the sun something to work with.

Sunset strip
Sunset strip

Without clouds you wouldn’t see this:

You gotta have clouds...
You gotta have clouds…

Sometimes it helps when man joins in:

Strip lighting...
Strip lighting…

But nature does a pretty good job on its own. As we made our way to the ferry port in Barcelona on our way here the sun was setting over the sea.

Barcelona sky
Evening sky in Barcelona

Even the moon was joining in!

I was looking for a quote about clouds to tie this post together. Something meaningful. Something worthy and deep and philosophical.

So here you go:

“Aren’t the clouds beautiful? They look like big balls of cotton… I could just lie here all day, and watch them drift by… If you use your imagination, you can see lots of things in the cloud formations… What do you think you see, Linus?”
“Well, those clouds up there look like the map of the British Honduras on the Caribbean… That cloud up there looks a little like the profile of Thomas Eakins, the famous painter and sculptor… And that group of clouds over there gives me the impression of the stoning of Stephen… I can see the apostle Paul standing there to one side…”
“Uh huh… That’s very good… What do you see in the clouds, Charlie Brown?”
“Well, I was going to say I saw a ducky and a horsie, but I changed my mind!”
Charles M. Schulz, The Complete Peanuts, Vol. 5: 1959-1960

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