Photo Friday: once upon a time in the west

I have always had a thing for clouds up in the sky.  I used to love to lay in the grass and watch them morph and change, all the while imagining, bird, elephant, ice cream cone, ships.

When I taught young children in California ( ages 6 to 8 ) I tried to sneak in a bit of time for imagination, things to get their creative writing flowing…

They had never been taught about the secrets hidden in clouds, so I made it my job to teach them… even when the principal disapproved of the practice…  Then we had to do it on the sly or at recess times.  After a time, we went in to capture them on white paper.

“Teacher, this paper is white and so are the clouds!  How can we make them on white paper?”

I got out the blue chalk, “Watch.” I said.  And using the blue chalk I proceeded to outline a cloud on the white field.  Then I lay the chalk on its side and carefully filled in the sky all around my cloud, during which I heard such things as…


“Oh cool!”



“Draw the shapes you saw in the clouds today.” I said.

And when they were done I handed them lined paper.

“Now write about what you saw!”  I encouraged.  (At these times, I never heard a complaint from even one about having to write.)

I was such a rebel.

Today I want to share with you a time in your youth when you lay on your back with friends and imagined… the clouds are still there, beckoning to you.  When was the last time you stopped a moment and just looked into the clouds?







Tell me, what do you see?


(All photos are clickable to allow a better view!)


4 thoughts on “Photo Friday: once upon a time in the west

  1. Teresa Kasner says:

    I saw sky and clouds.. and loved it. I always look at clouds and have put photos of them on my blog too. Thanks for sharing. I think I will go out and look for clouds. Teresa 🙂

    • pixilated2 says:

      Teresa, so glad you enjoy cloud watching. So few people take the time to look up notice the delicious things going on above their heads. ~ L

  2. Deb W says:

    Oh, thank you! I’ve not taken the time to just lay on my back and observe for… well, never mind that! Anyway, in the first I see a gigantic pelican. (You know, the kind that Mel Blanc would have in his cartoons?) In the second – hm,mm this one’s a little harder, as I’m using my phone screen. Uh,oh, up there in the top right-hand corner, do you see it? A sneaky skull-face glowering down! In the third there’s a Griffon or Dragon; chasing an insect, no it’s a small plane; and he must’ve already struck at it once, because it’s cartwheeling out of control! Oh, I can’t bear to look anymore!! (Sorry, that last part hadn’t happened yet.)

    Hehe, that was fun, wasn’t it? Wonder what the clouds look like outside today? ; )

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