Posts Tagged ‘clouds’

June 8, 2017


When the sky boils over
In shades of scudding grey
When the clouds talk loudly to each other
I wonder what they say?

Do they like to light up the place
Where they are around?
Do they decide upon the spot and then
Zap electricity to the ground?

Do they peal out with such loud thunder
To give us folks a jolt?
Perhaps they feel quite gleeful
When we jump at lightning bolts!

It’s quite easy to feel happiness
When it’s a fleecy, blue-sky cloud.
We feel much more overawed and quiet
When the cloud lights up, and cracks aloud.

The title refers to

an eponymous movie by Satyajit Ray



June 9, 2016

The air cools rapidly, and the light dims as boiling, heavy clouds boil over the landscape. The breeze builds rapidly into a wind, whipping up the summer dust, lashing the palm fronds into a frenzy. The first huge drops splash upon the parched ground.

Every sense is overwhelmed: the ears by the thunder, the eyes by the strange,dim light from behind the massing clouds, and the lightning that dances across them, or that lances to the ground; the skin by the feel of the rain, the nose by the aroma of wet earth… that incomparable fragrance that fills the air.

We raise our eyes to the heavens, and give thanks for the life-giving showers.After the torrid summer, the monsoon is here.


Here’s one song describing the arrival of the monsoon, and the eager wait for it.

The last few seconds depict, too. how disappointing (and cataclysmic to the farmer) it can be when the rains fail.

June 18, 2014

It was Sunday, and I was leaving for Linkoping in the afternoon….so we decided (after clearing up a lot of ticketing mess) to go for a nice ramble, with a picnic lunch.

We started by watching this young




Next, we watched a flock of

TITS (Blue or Great? the debate rages between Sumana and me)




and sitting on the trees…




showed itself in the leaf-litter:





turned over the leaf-litter in typical Thrush fashion.


I spotted Cupid, out in the spring sunshine:


I realized that I was not the only one watching the birds:


He then stepped out of hiding, that black beauty:


Even “pests” look beautiful sometimes!


I love the way tourists and cyclists are given importance:


I did feel welcome!


We chose a spot near a magnificient pile:


Family photography began happening:


Lunch was not fast enough for some people:


A healthy, yummy dessert!


Having seen Cupid, it was appropriate that I look up into the sky, and saw this sunbow and the arrow of a jet contrail:


Quite aptly, too, there were star-crossed clouds!


Advik, whom I have christened Laddu Kumar, was looking particularly sweet.


We came back home, I finished my packing, and Deepak *lugged* my luggage all the way to the bus stop…but that’s the next post!

Prairie, Lewis and Clark State Historical Site, 270713

July 30, 2013

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Under the summer sun
And the fleecy clouds,
The prairie flowers bloom.
Before the day is done
There will be crowds
Of insects, fighting for room
On the blossoms, to partake
Of the nectar so sweet.
Wings help the creatures make
Quick landings with six feet.
A scene of quiet and serenity
Appears to our eyes;
But the fast-paced activity
Of the insects is seen by the wise.

Coneflowers, Bee’s Balm and other flowers on the prairie, Lewis and Clark State Historical Center, Hartford, Illinois, 270713.

For photos of the birds over the weekend,

click here

For photos of the insects,

click here

For the Lewis and Clark State Historical Site,

click here

Cloudbow, or Ringbow, around the sun, St.Louis, 150313

March 15, 2013

I made a movie, using one of Picasa’s features for the first time.

This is for ….

I liked it when the aircraft flew across 🙂

Phobjikha, Bhutan, 271112…scenery

December 14, 2012

We see, in Bhutan, a land full of prayer, in the form of wheels and flags that flutter in the breeze:

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Perhaps, if we were surrounded by such beauty in the mountains and clouds, we’d send prayers winging up, too. Here are some views:

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And, perhaps, benison would come down like the sun’s rays through the clouds….

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Storm from the train, and Pune

November 6, 2012

On the train to Pune, I watched the effects of the clouds, sky, sunlight and storm as we sped past the landscape:

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I got a rainbow, too:

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that’s against a house of God…

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that’ against the power generated by humanity, so puny against the forces of Nature….

I got an amazing sunset as usual:

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And thought of as usual!

Then I got these synchronized clouds:

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I’ve posted more photos on my Facebook album,


I also managed to see parts of Pune that I’ve never seen before, thanks to who dropped me off at the bus stand:

A little pavement shrine in Aundh:

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the Pune Fort:

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the Halwai Ganesha temple:

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The sanctum:

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Some more pics of Pune by night,


on Facebook

I saw some lovely “AkAsh kandeel” or “sky lights” ready for Deepavali:

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The memory of this lovely city is now associated with this little jasmine creeper:

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Maharashtra and the north of Karnataka are so beautiful!

Old and new, lasting and fleeting….

September 23, 2011

On the old, sits the new, like an interloper:

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The rock on which this bulding sits is three billion years old, and will outlast this building, and all the construction that humans are capable of, by aeons….

The ancient sky and the sun make a lovely counterpoint to here-now-gone-now state of the clouds.

To me, this photograph is an illustration of what is lasting, and what is fleeting.

Clouds and colours

July 29, 2011

As we flew from Chennai to Bangalore, we almost immediately hit the rain-bearing monsoon clouds….first they were fluffy cotton wool fleecy:

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Then they started turning dark, with ice at their tips:

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Soon the frozen water made prismatic effects as the sun hit it:

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There are some disadvantages to a window seat, particularly when you have to cross two people to get to the toilet…but equally, there are some major pluses to be in it, and watch the wonders of Nature and our Earth outside!

Clouds In The Sky….

August 28, 2008

It was bright sunshine in the afternoon, but as I walked down to the department store with my friend, the first couple of clouds moved across the sun:

The massive thunderheads began forming, but they still had their golden lining from the solar light:

Then, behind the water-bearing clouds, the ice-formations started showing, breaking the sunlight into prismatic rainbow colours.

Later on in the evening, it rained heavily..the steady pour of the monsoon rain…clouds are so very beautiful.

I don’t have to say to whom this post is dedicated….A——-e!

Bengali literature is full of descriptions of the beauty of the monsoons….