Photography; Clouds

Posted by on November 17, 2011 at 8:58 am.

Clouds 1

This morning, while taking our Shih Tzu (Mr. Bentley) for one of his morning walks, I noticed the clouds. After he’d done his business, I immediately ran inside, grabbed my camera and started taking pictures with my Nikon D80.

A few of my lens have been temporarily displaced, so I’m using the lens that came with my Nikon D80. Although not the shots I wanted to take, it’s still a great view of what I saw in the sky this morning.

Clouds 2

My daughter is used to me snapping up my camera and running outside, the majority of the time she joins me. However since she was sitting at the table eating the breakfast I’d prepared; Veggie scramble, banana pancakes, pineapple/strawberry, & kiwi smoothie (all made by myself). She wasn’t moving. She asked me, “What did you see mommy?” “Clouds”, I said while streaking out the door. “Oh!”, she said, turning her attention back to her breakfast.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud. I enjoy my alone time, but I haven’t felt lonely in a long time. Anyway, the poem is one of my favorites by William Wadsworth, and so I’ve decided to include it below. Perhaps, you’ll enjoy it as much as I?

Because of the season, I don’t have any daffodils to show you. However if you stop by Celebrate Life this coming spring, I’ll have plenty of gardening photos to share.

I Wandered Lonely As A Cloud

I WANDERED lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils;
Beside the lake, beneath the trees,
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance,
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced; but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:
A poet could not but be gay,
In such a jocund company:
I gazed–and gazed–but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought:

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills,
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wadsworth 1804






  • Mike Goad says:

    When I’m taking pictures on our trips, I try to include a few cloud shots each day. Also, since my Pentax has a automatic interval shooting feature that will do up to 999 shots, I’ve been doing more and more time-lapse segments of clouds, along with sunrises and sunsets.
    Mike Goad recently posted..War of the wind turbines.


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Mike Goad,
    I’d love to have the interval shooting feature, I don’t have it the Nikon D80, but the Nikon D200 has it. I’m finding I have to relearn some of the things I’d already known about my camera. Since it’s been such a long time since I’ve actively used it.

    Thanksgiving vacation will be perfect opportunity, to brush up on my cameras capabilities. Since the condo overlooks Lake Marion. There’s so much activity going on there, from the locals, vacationers, and the wildlife. There are crocodiles around there somewhere too.

    I’ll have tons of time to practice capturing some of the amazing views I see with my camera.


  • Jennifer says:

    Wonderful photos! Some of my faves are of clouds!! 🙂
    Jennifer recently posted..Hello Winter?


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Jennifer, I enjoy taking photos, and looking at clouds too. On that day, I took plenty of cloud pictures.
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  • suituapui says:

    I love soft fluffy white clouds…especially when lined with the gold from the setting sun. But threatening white clouds are not my cup of tea. LOL!!!
    suituapui recently posted..Blame it on the girls…


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @suituapui, I thought we’d get a storm when I saw these clouds, but it was a false alarm. It did get a lot colder. I have taken pictures of the clouds you described, and you’re right they’re beautiful.

    I’ll have to post some of them.


  • FiSh says:

    aww it looks a bit moody there..
    FiSh recently posted..Aladdin the Musical- Meeting The Cast & Behind The Scenes


    Opal Reply:

    It surely was, it was the perfect setting to scare my eight-year old daughter with one of my creepy stories. Actually that doesn’t work, since she enjoys them. However, it was a great exercise in making up horror story. 😉


  • Beth Ellen Nagle says:

    Gorgeous, rich and deep clouds.. I am a cloud chaser too! Enjoyed the poem as well. I’ll have to share that with Chaela sometimes.


    Opal Reply:

    Hi @Beth Ellen Nagle,
    I liked them, I might go back and play around with some using my photo editing software; Aperture.

    I hope your daughter likes the poem. 🙂


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