Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Never a waste of time

This has been a sunset week. Yesterday, the sky was remarkable. I had a chance to have a front-row seat.

We had some leftover cornbread that was close to the consistency of slate rock, I stepped down to give Speckles an evening treat. She's the only chicken that survived a summer of slaughter by hawks and raccoons.

When I opened her dwelling and crumbled the bread by her feeder, she was delighted. She was grateful – I could tell from her clucking.

I stood and watched her peck for a while. When I noticed the sky, stepped over to the back gate. Each passing moment was a watercolor painting in progress. And the colors deepened as the sun drifted further beyond the horizon.

The shades of pinks reminded me of cotton candy that I had at the county fair when I was too young to drive.  I closed my eyes as I stood there, but I couldn't smell them no matter how hard I tried.

Clouds never bore me. I look for shapes and faces. Sometimes they jump out at me and sometimes they don't.

As I stood there watching the kaleidoscope of clouds, I thought about the coming year. What does it hold in store? How can I contribute? Where should I focus my attention? And what not.

I didn't find many answers in the clouds, but I would never say it was a waste of time looking.



13 comments:

  1. Beautiful clouds. Thanks Rick.
    Joy

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  2. Glorious.
    Sky-watching is never, ever a waste of time.

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  3. That should be put on canvas! So beautiful and those quiet moments are time well spent...unlike standing in line at Walmart!

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  4. Life's little moments are meant to be savoured and you seem to have a knack to do just that. I love to observe clouds too and my imagination can go wild with what I can see.
    Hugs, Julia

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  5. I try to catch the sunset every evening and give thanks for the day. They are definitely not a waste of time. Thanks for sharing yours...it was a cloudy day here. This morning the sun is out so maybe tonite I'll get to see a beautiful one too.

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  6. I've looked at them from both sides now, but it is their illusions I recall, I guess I really don't know clouds at all.

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  7. Those clouds are wonderfully suggestive. It's hard to not find interesting images in the shapes and forms.

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  8. You may not find shapes, but you CAN find beauty!!

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  9. The relaxation provided by the clouds is worth every second. There is time for the future when the clouds are no longer visible.

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  10. I love the sunsets this time of year. They are so bright and beautiful. Driving home each day, I can see the mountains in the distance and the how the sunsets wonderfully around them. I need to pull over one day and take a shot.
    Lisa

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  11. Clouds are so pretty, I do like looking at them, it is so relaxing

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  12. Speckles deserves the treat. the sky is beautiful. We had one tonight down here. I love God's Nature that paints breath taking pictures on the canvas sky!

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  13. I'm a little sad that Speckles is all alone. Will you and Jilda be adding to her coop in 2018?

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