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Uluru – Northern Territory June 2016 (12 photos)

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Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air

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And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

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But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone

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So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

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I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow

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It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

… Both sides, Now. Joni Mitchell (1967).

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During my time at Uluru, we had a mixture of completely clear days and cloudy days. As impressive and iconic as Uluru is to photograph, the inclusion of some interesting clouds above it can significantly add to the quality of the photo. Kind of like putting the icing or a cherry on top of a cake.

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I hope you enjoy this simple and gratuitous pageant of clouds, perhaps more correctly termed #cloudporn. All of these photos were taken above Uluru itself, or near it.

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There is some confusion about the correct common noun for a group of clouds. A pageant of clouds is one of the suggestions which I like.

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This is the third post about my trip to Uluru. Thanks for sharing the journey with me. More to come.

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A Pageant of Clouds


84 thoughts on “A Pageant of Clouds

  1. KG says:

    Reminds me of the quote “Clouds come floating into my life, no longer to carry rain or usher storm, but to add color to my sunset sky.”
    ― Rabindranath Tagore
    Especially the 5th one from the top

  2. Love the lyric, “ice cream castles in the air”. That is a gem of a phrase, and it did look like vanilla ice-cream up in the sky for some of the days you were there. Especially love the pink clouded sunrise one, and the second-last shot, the BW one – looks like a great long exposure. Well done 🙂

    • Thank you very much. Blue sky days are beautiful to photograph, but clouds add a lot of interest.
      Joni’s lyrics have so much meaning and insight. And such a great voice.

  3. isabellaesthermariarose says:

    Another wonderful post with fabulous photos and interesting commentary. I love the “pageant of clouds”. The Joni Mitchell song “Both Sides Now” was a particular favourite of mine – pure nostalgia.

    • Thank you so much. The clouds appeared when we wanted them and we had clear skies when we needed to see the moon and stars. How lucky was that?

      Joni Mitchell’s songs just strike a chord.

  4. I love your collection of clouds!! Clouds and sky is not something I’ve photographed yet. The one with the silhouette tree is probably my favourite, very dramatic, and yet flowing! I think you’re right, good clouds are like putting icing on top! 😀

  5. All these captures are stunning, couldn’t pick a favourite. Beautiful how big the sky seems, and the red rock and blue sky is a perfect combo 🙂

    • Thank you. The landscape is quite flat apart from the features of Uluru and Kata Tjuta. I guess this accentuates the skies, particularly in comparison to the hidden skies in the concrete jungle.

  6. The remarkable landscape and dramatic changing cloudscape in one post can only be seen here. Such a wonderful treat to view these twelve awesome photos. 🙂
    Thank you, Dragon!

    • Thank you very much. I find the lyrics can help to guide the eye and even let the mind wander a little. Particularly if the song strikes an emotional chord with the viewer.

  7. Draco, I did not realize how much I missed our blogging world until I saw your photos. There is too much of symbolism in your shots of Uluru for me personally. And “But clouds got in my way” could not have said it any better, either. Thank you for your beautiful photography. Thank you for the perfect object / symbol. Thank you for the perfect quote. And as always – thank you the pleasure and inspiration!

    • Sometimes we come across something that just makes us stop in our tracks. It sounds like the symbolism hits close to your personal life. I hope the clouds clear for you. Thank you for your comment. It’s always good to hear from you.

  8. Speechless! A perfect pageant! 🙂 🙂 I always loved the song anyway but that’s the best description I’ve heard yet of a ‘herd’ of clouds 🙂 And the photos are stunning- I kid you not! I was on the bus back from meeting Gilly, spellbound by the mackerel sky and setting sun, but powerless to capture more than a memory.

  9. Ive always loved that song! you have a perfect selection of images to go with them – superb – brings life to such a beloved song.
    I also like ‘pagentry of cloud’s as a collective noun. it just seems to make perfect sense.
    love the lights over uluru series also – brilliant. thanks for posting. 🙂

  10. You’ve uncovered a mystical place under these clouds Lignum ~ the opening shot give the feel of vastness, and your words and series of shots add to this beauty.

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