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.

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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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Recent Comments

Oh, I LOVE Clouds too. What a great perspective - to look for the "light behind the clouds".
Great post!

Kerri, Thanks for stopping by and thanks for taking the time to leave a comment.

Love the cloud photos! I don't think there is ever a bad time on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

I found the article through Google Search on Blue Ridge Parkway by the way.

Gene Bowker

Thanks Gene. I almost didnt add the Blue Ridge Parkway tag.

Hi Alice,
What beautiful photos. I spent much of this weekend taking photos as well. This season just screams "photo-op" even though, as you pointed out, the colors are not at their peak yet. I am moved by clouds as well. It is kind of funny but, on my drive home Friday evening, the clouds in the Midwest were amazing...filled with texture and looked to be almost on fire. I couldn't pass up such beauty so, at every stop light, I stuck my head out of my window and snapped off a bunch of shots. The results were very cool. I agree with you...clouds hold a lot of intrigue within their shifting personas. One of my favorite lighting experiences is when the clouds are deep gray and the sun pushes through creating a warm color that is almost comforting. Hard to explain!. Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos and your views on clouds!

Claudia. Thanks Thanks thanks for your comments.

beautiful pictures. I have taken so many pictures of the sky this year. The clouds have been beautiful all summer and I also love to try to determine what the cloud looks like. Its a nice way to chill out, being in tune to nature.

Thanks so much for your comments, Millie. I am such an amateur when it comes to photography, but I love it so much. The only way to get better is to take more photos. I tend to get quite frustrated when my schedule doesn't allow me to work at it, at least a little each week.

I love photographing nature too!-Amazing picture!! There is so much beauty in the world when we just take the time to notice.

Thanks for your comments, Kathy. Beauty is there all around us, and especially in this valley. I feel so blessed to have found a job I love in a place I love surrounded by folks I am coming to love more and more as time passes.

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About Dr. Ackerman

Alice Ackerman, MD, MBA, FAAP, FCCM is the Chair of the Department of Pediatrics at Carilion Clinic and Professor and Founding Chair of Pediatrics at the Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine. Dr. Ackerman is recognized nationally as an expert in pediatric critical care.

She has been at Carilion Clinic since June of 2007. Her primary goals are to enhance the health care of children in the Roanoke Valley and Southwest Virginia, and is actively working to do this both as physician in chief of the children's hospital, as well as through involvement with many state-wide initiatives.

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