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…
“I WANNA TRY IT!”
“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”
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 🙂
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
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? ; )
Go! Get outside and look…