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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Gigantic Sculptures for the WPC ‘Scale’.

For the WPC  ‘Scale’, I couldn’t think of a better photo than this one of the colossal 60 foot high carvings of the four American Presidents  at Mount Rushmore. Those fir trees look really minute.

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Then I remembered another humongous sculpture, which stands on the peak of Corcovado mountain overlooking Rio. The iconic statue of ‘Christ the Redeemer’ stands 98 feet tall on a 26 foot pedestal, and the arms stretch 92 feet wide. This is the back view, taken in the mist. The people below look positively Lilliputian.

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‘Made in the ‘1940’s’, for Ed’s Challenge

My first reaction when I saw Ed’s Sunday Stills Challenge this week, was “Well, I was made in the 1940’s, but that’s probably not quite what Ed is looking for.”

I’m not famous like some old monuments are. For example, who hasn’t heard of the Mount Rushmore National Monument? Although it was commissioned in 1925, and work on it began in 1927, it was such a vast project, that it was only completed in 1941. In this photo showing the back and side of the site, you can see the kind of terrain that the sculptors had to deal with.

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Between October 1927 and October 1941, American sculptor Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers, sculpted these 60 ft high carvings of the four American presidents, representing the first 130 years of American history. Sadly, Borglum died a few months before the completion of his amazing creation.

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Just 17 miles away, another colossal sculpture can be found. It is said that the Mount Rushmore sculpture would  fit into just the head of  the ‘Chief  Crazy Horse’ memorial. We watched the IMAX presentation, and this image shows how big it is, compared to both the Washington Monument and the Statue of Liberty.

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It was started in 1948 by a Polish American, Korczak Ziolkowski and since his death in 1982, his wife and seven of his ten children have carried on the work, and as you can see, they’ve still got a long way to go. I wonder whether it will ever be completed, even before 2040.

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Well there you have two old monuments, and here’s me, also ‘made in the 1940’s’. It’s a studio portrait, and the only photo I have of me as a baby. You see, I was even smiling before I had teeth! 🙂

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Marvelous Monuments I have seen.

There have been so many monuments that I have longed to see, and when I eventually got there, I was not disappointed. I’ve seen the inscrutable Great Sphinx of Giza, gazing out across the desert.

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I’ve perused assorted pyramids standing proud under Cairo’s relentless sun.

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The Statue of Christ the Redeemer, perched atop the peak of Corcovada in the pouring rain, was a very moving sight.

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However, the monument which really blew my socks off, was none other than the humongous memorial to presidents George Washington, Theodore Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Abraham Lincoln, carved into the granite face of Mount Rushmore. As we drove out of Keystone and headed up towards Mount Rushmore National Memorial, I didn’t know quite what to expect, but coming round the bend at the top of the hill, suddenly there it was in all it’s amazing glory. Absolutely breathtakingly stunning!

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Of course once we’d parked and walked up to view this amazing sculpture, I was even more bowled over by its enormity, the lifelike features, and the fact that the eyes seemed to be looking straight at me.

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For me, this was the monument  which surpassed every other I’d seen, hands down. The entire memorial covers 1,278.45 acres, and the sculptures are 60 foot high. Here is a view from the side, showing the back of the memorial.

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It’s very easy to get a bit blasé about monuments we’ve seen, and I know I’m guilty of this, but my first sight of Mount Rushmore is something I will never forget.

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