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searching for clouds

I woke up early this morning and went out to photograph the city of Roanoke from the Blue Ridge Parkway. I decided to try some black and white photography, and therefore decided to search for clouds. I was out of the house before sun-up, so I didn't realize I wouldn't have far to go to find them (the clouds, that is).

I love clouds

I don't, however, love the gloom of most cloudy days, but I find clouds fascinating--almost as fascinating as birds and wildflowers. There was also a motive to my madness today, but I can't tell you what it was until much later. I love clouds because they are mobile, they are always changing, and when treated right, they let the light shine down on us. I was lucky today to catch some wonderful shots of the light shining down through the clouds.

I don't think this is gloomy, do you? One of the other things I love about clouds is how vivid the grayness makes the colors look. I was not out to photograph autumn colors--in fact our trees haven't started to change much, yet, but I was impressed at how wonderful the lowly sumac leaves could look, when affected by the muted light of the overcast sky.            I believe that the clouds are like our troubles. They sometimes seem overwhelming, and feel gray and gloomy when we see them. But we have to look for the light behind them, AND the impact of the clouds on intensifying the colors of the changes occurring around us. I will be writing more about change and how it impacts us in the next few weeks. In the meantime, happy autumn!

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