Daily Prompt: Clouds I Have Seen

Today’s Daily Prompt ‘Clouds’ reminded me of this Joni Mitchell song from the 1960’s, one of my all-time favourites.

Bows and flows of  angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I’ve looked at clouds that way

But now they only block the sun
They rain and snow on everyone
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way

I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down, and still somehow
It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all.

Here are some clouds I’ve been privileged to see on my travels around this beautiful world. I thought it might be fun to show some photos where the clouds, although quite prominent, weren’t the real focus for the shot; like this one taken through the window of our tour bus in Ecuador.

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Here’s the relaxing view from our hotel in Myrtle Beach SC.

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Mount Vesuvius looks down on the ruins of Pompeii.

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Instantly recognisable beneath the clouds, are the ancient ruins of Machu Picchu.

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The Sri Mariamman temple, rising up to the clouds, is the oldest Hindu temple in Singapore.

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This monster Toucan and his friend Mr. Parrot sit under a cloudy sky in a Costa Rica  waterside park.

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Here under the lowering clouds in Lakota lies the eerie scene of the Battle of the Little Bighorn,  commonly known as ”Custer’s Last Stand’.

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This shot of Mount Rushmore taken from the side, shows just the profile of George Washington, one of the four past presidents who are featured in this massive sculpture.

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Clouds hovered over La Paz in Bolivia, as we drove down from El Alto  airport at an altitude of almost 12,000 feet.

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Looking down over  Cape Town from Table Mountain,  3,558 feet above Table Bay.

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Clouds over a beach of soft white sand in Punta Cana. Absolute paradise on earth.

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I don’t know about you, but just looking at all these photos has given me itchy feet. Time to travel again.  I think  I’ll just go and tell  hubby to hurry up with the house renovations.

Hope you’re all having a great Thursday.

 

 

 

 

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WPC: On the move around the world.

Here’s my interpretation of this weeks Photo Challenge, ‘On the Move’.

My header pic was taken in May 2001, when we visited our son in New York, and spent some time watching the rollerblading at ‘The Band Shell’ in Central Park. This sort of moving is something I’ve never mastered, but I love to watch others, even when they take a tumble.

Whilst in Cairns Australia, we took the scenic railway up to Kuranda. The train passes through World Heritage protected tropical rainforest, past spectacular waterfalls and into the awesome Barron Gorge. It’s a very long train, and a very winding track, so if you lean out of the window, it’s possible to photograph the front of the train,

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and also the rear end.

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Our return journey, was via the Skyrail, which carried us in our gondola, over and through the rainforest canopy and we were treated to the most breathtaking views.

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These people, including hubby, are sitting on top of the train which took us between Riobamba and Alausi in Ecuador. This famous ride which wound through the rough terrain of the Andes, is known as “Nariz del Diablo” (The Devil’s Nose).  We saw spectacular views of the Ecuadorian landscape, including the Chimborazo volcano. I opted to sit inside on a comfortable seat, but once we got going, I regretted my choice, as I’m sure I missed out on some of the best views.

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This little train ride in the Italian medieval town of Pisa, was not at all challenging. It took us from our coach to the cathedral complex, the site of the famous ‘Leaning Tower’.

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On the beautiful Isle of Capri, we took this cable car from the harbour, literally straight up the mountain to the town of Ana Capri, which is located high on the hills to the west. It was a breathtaking ride, but not nearly as scary as the taxi ride back down the mountain.

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Here, we were on the move in a high speed hydrofoil across Lake Titicaca, from Bolivia to Peru.

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A much more leisurely way to move across the lake, would be on this little yacht.

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Here is the train which took us from the Inca town of Ollantaytambo, to Aguas Calientes, which lies in the valley below the mysterious Inca ruins of amazing Machu Picchu . As you can see, the train runs right through the middle of the town.

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I hope you’ve enjoyed being on the move with me. It was only a whistle-stop tour today, but it was great for me to relive the wonderful memories from my travels.

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