Posts Tagged ‘clouds’
This photo is from our friend’s wharf at Long Cove in St. George, Maine. I took it at the begining of the summer last year with my Droid (hence the reason the quality is so poor.)
However, I still think it’s an awesome pic. I love how calm the water is and how it’s a mirror of the boats and the sky above.
I have a thing with the ocean, as you can probably tell by the fact that a majoirty of my favorite foto shots are taken of it. I greatly respect it and love that it is one thing that man cannot control. It has the ability to be mirror calm, like so, or rough as hell warning any that try and charter her waters. It has always been and always will be. It is not emotional, it is life. It just…is.
This week, with the holiday and the beautiful weather, I have been a little sadden by the lack of time I will be spending in the lake and on the ocean in the midcoast this summer. It was home to many fun summers spending as much time as possible outdoors, and at the very quarry up the road from where this photo is taken.
Ah, but time changes and we must all grow up, a little bit at least. With my new direction in life, I’m finding a lot of my passion and energy is being put into writing and my social media and pr endeavors. I’m finding it easier to deny the temptation of going home and spending a lazy, sun-filled day in the midcoast.
I am thoroughly enjoying my summer here in Portland as well. I had an amazing week full of unique Portland, MAINE adventures and I wouldn’t trade them for the world!
But when I look at the landscape photos of home, I can’t help but smile and reminisce and smirk in how oblivious I was growing up to just how unbelievably beautiful the coast of Maine is.
Today’s photo is of a surf competition in Camps Bay, Cape Town that I stumbled down the hill upon on my third day in South Africa. Tough to see why I quickly fell in love with the country isn’t it? The beauty of the landscape, of the people and of the general atmosphere that breeds respect and love for life left a permanent stain on my heart that keeps me constantly remembering what life is all about.
I remember when I decided to go to South Africa it was a go-after-your-dreams moment. I always wanted to go to Africa to write and had heard great things about South Africa. So, I researched this Projects Abroad program a friend of a friend had been on and suggested to me. It looked like a good program and I would get to knock off a HUGE bucket-list item- to live in Africa and write.
This morning, while ever so coolly listening to some Frank Sinatra, as I do from time to time when my heart starts to ache for adventure, I started perusing my photos from my travels. I hold my travel to South Africa very near and dear to my heart as it was at a time when I didn’t even necessarily want to leave the life I was leading. I was splitting my time in Boston and Portland, working in Boston and living with my best friends in Portland. I was a waitress and dating the guy I thought I was going to spend the rest of my life with. Turns out this was exactly the time I needed to leave.
Even though this was a dream of mine, I remember having feelings of resistance. Of not wanting to get on the plane. Maybe it was because I knew that South Africa would be the start to a year long awakening. Where my entire life would change and I would realize that I needed to get back on track to the life I was meant to lead, one filled with adventure and writing.
Today, I feel as though I’m on that track again, but it’s time for the next big move. I’m longing for that euphoric feeling of unknown, of adventure, of raw life. The feelings that were present as I took this photo then walked down that hill into Camps Bay to find the friends I’d known for all of three days.
I stumbled across this photo on Facebook. Someone had “shared” it from its original source. Unfortunately, I have no idea who took the photo so I can’t give credit to the correct person. However the following was the caption that was with it:
“Magnificent Cloud Formation Over New Zealand At Sunset. This particular formation is an example of Undulatus asperatus—meaning “agitated waves”—which was proposed as a separate cloud classification in 2009 by the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society.”
How unreal the sky can be at times. I’ve seen some pretty great sunsets, but never crazy clouds like this! They look just like the ocean. As an ocean-lover, clearly I dig it. I literally exclaimed, “Woah!” out loud to myself upon seeing this pic in my news feed. I had to share!
Also, I’m particularly intrigued by this Cloud Appreciation Society. Oh yeah, it’s a real thing. With close to 30,000 members! I couldn’t find this particular photo on the website, however, I did find other examples of undulatus asperatus cloud formations -pretty cool!