Clouds and Queries – Wakodahatchee Wetlands

by Sheila Finkelstein on July 28, 2008

Beautiful puffy clouds behind fence at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

puffy white clouds beyond the boardwalk at Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Rainbow in puffy white clouds in Wakodahatchee Wetlands

Driving to Wakodahatchee Wetlands (Delray Beach, FL) early evening I was enthralled with the beauty of the puffy clouds. They looked like huge cotton balls that I wanted be be able to pluck from the sky. That being an impossibility, all I could think of was, “Where could I get a full, unblocked view to photograph the wide expanse?”

The first stop in the parking lot at Wakodahatchee provided a somewhat “uncluttered” view, giving off the feeling of the clouds that I hoped to capture and I did not like the idea of the fence. Once I downloaded the photograph onto my computer, I liked the composition and decided that, in fact, the fence could be somewhat of a metaphor for the inability to actually be able to touch the clouds.

The middle photo of the three is to simply share the beauty of the expanse of the boardwalk and the clouds. And the bottom photo, provided the culmination of my experience of my walk the the clouds. A Rainbow, or at least the colors thereof, !! in the clouds themselves. (top of the lower left quadrant just left of center, for those who might not see it right away)

Observations/Queries:

1. My usual inclination after seeing the rainbow would be to Google, “what is a rainbow? How could it be in a cloud?” Then I realized that I could simply appreciate and be happy with what is, what’s giving me pleasure, rather than attempting to “find answers.

Is there something in your life, where you’re caught up in finding answers that you are missing the beauty of present moments?

2 . Why is it that generally-speaking, we think of clouds as a negative, a “cloudy day” connoting “dingy,” “grey” – “trouble coming,” among any of the other phrases we hear when we get into a “bloom and doom” mode?

What is your experience of clouds? Of reacting to a situation, with the meanings you attach to thme?

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