As fleeting as a cloud

This is our entry in The Daily Post Photo Challenge: Evanescent.

These clouds were momentarily above the entrance to Beaufort Inlet at the eastern point of Bogue Banks, near Atlantic Beach, North Carolina. The photo was taken from atop the covertway (outer wall) of Fort Macon, now a state park, which was built between 1826 and 1834 to protect Beaufort Inlet and Beaufort Harbor.  The clouds seemed to be announcing a storm that arrived the next day.

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Clouds above Beaufort Inlet

This photo was taken on May 30, 2016. Specs are:

Canon 50D, ISO 100, f/14, 1/800 sec, 17 mm.

Otres Beach Crocodiles

Walking along Otres 1 Beach (near Sihanoukville, Cambodia) last evening, we observed two playful crocodiles in the sky.

Otres Beach Crocodiles

They, like we, were waiting for the sunset, but, impatient, they morphed into innocent clouds before it appeared.

What do you see?


This photo was taken at low tide on Atlantic Beach, NC, facing west toward Fort Macon.  The receding waves make a wide, smooth surface that reflects the fluffy white clouds and blue above.


This photo was taken with an Olympus TG-4 camera with ISO 100, aperture f/9, and shutter speed 1/250 seconds.


This is my clouds entry in the Dutch Goes the Photo! Tuesday Photo Challenge – Clouds.

Sky above Statue of General Calixto García Iñiguez

This photograph was taken from a window of a moving bus traveling eastward on the  Malecón, which is a broad roadway, promenade, and seawall stretching 8 kilometers (5 miles) along the coast of the Gulf of Mexico from the Vedado neighborhood to the Havana Harbor in Old Havana.

Where the Avenida de los Presidentes joins the Malecón roadway is a statue to honor Calixto García Iñiguez, a famous Cuban general. This is the Garcia of the essay “A Message to Garcia” written by Elbert Hubbart, which was made into two different American films of the same name in 1916 and 1936.

The photograph was taken of the sky above the statue.

The camera used was an Olympus TG4 with settings  f/6.3, ISO 100, and 90 mm focal length.

Warmth & the Quality of Light

Clouds after the rain

Today was warm, in the high 70s, with a blue sky, beautiful white clouds, and lots of sunlight. Driving home in the late afternoon, we saw, ahead of us, a rainbow backed by dark clouds. Until that point, I had been happily photographing the generous mixture of stratus and cumulus clouds that were punctured (visually) by contrails. The sun, descending in the West, highlighted the scene. We drove into a misting rain that lasted until we reached home. From the water standing in our yard, it was clear that there had just been a downpour. But the sun was not finished yet and chose our arrival home as the right time to challenge the dissipating rain clouds.