Silver Linings

It’s said that ‘Every cloud has its silver lining’ and the saying is supposedly attributed to John Milton the famous poet. I’m not so sure about the silver lining bit in clouds, but I do find cloud formations fascinating and they often feature in my landscape photography. I don’t generally photograph clouds as subjects on their own, as I tend use them as a kind of accompaniment, to provide a balance or foil that supports the overall scene, so it’s unlikely that you’ll find photographs of nothing but clouds in my posts. Mind you, if I ever saw something truly remarkable then naturally I’d hope to be able to get some photographs.

Gathering clouds over abandoned home - Lancefield Victoria

Gathering clouds over abandoned home – Lancefield Victoria

High Plains Clouds - Howitt High Plains Victoria

High Plains Clouds – Howitt High Plains Victoria

Of course sometimes the clouds do make a statement of their very own and clearly become the main subject. It can sometimes be the shapes of the clouds and other times it can be the colours that provide the dominant effects that make you stop and take note, as well as take photographs. And sometimes the results are best represented in B&W, so that the shapes are isolated and enhanced to the maximum. These situations arise much less frequently than one would expect, so when they do, it’s a joy to have a camera on hand.

Surreal clouds over rocky hills - Lancefield Victoria

Surreal clouds over rocky hills – Lancefield Victoria

Morning clouds over Lake Cobbler - Lake Cobbler Victoria

Morning clouds over Lake Cobbler – Lake Cobbler Victoria

Looming clouds over the Tasman Sea - Mallacoota Victoria

Looming clouds over the Tasman Sea – Mallacoota Victoria

At other times, the clouds become a more subtle, but important, background to enhance and isolate the main subject, to make it stand out from anything else. The clouds can be simply a white blanket that obscures the unnecessary, or almost a hand that forces you to look down upon the scene.

Cloud rolling into Lake Dove - Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Cloud rolling into Lake Dove – Cradle Mountain Tasmania

Engulfing clouds over Ben Lomond - Ben Lomond National Park Tasmania

Engulfing clouds over Ben Lomond – Ben Lomond National Park Tasmania

Clouds over farmland - Mirboo North Victoria

Clouds over farmland – Mirboo North Victoria

I’m sure that everyone, at some time, has looked into the sky and marvelled at the clouds, even visualised animals, objects, scenes etc in the shapes made by the clouds. I can’t say that I’ve ever really noticed animals and the like in cloud formations, but I have seen some interesting shapes from time to time. Sadly, I haven’t always had a camera at hand.

White caps and surf rolling in from the sky - Werribee Victoria

White caps and surf rolling in from the sky – Werribee Victoria

One could look continuously to the skies for an endless stream of effects and scenes, and never have to watch a repeat. There are never any repeats, just new stories emerging every minute. Were I to have a more open view from our veranda, I think I could capture a year round story of drama and delight.

Update: We had a very strange day today where the temperatures were in the mid-30s, with no noted change expected all day; however, in the early afternoon, thunder was audible and kept up for hours. Later came rain, yet the forecasts were still quoting fine weather. Nonetheless, some interesting cloud formations were evident before everything went completely grey.

Storm Clouds - Mirboo North Victoria

Storm Clouds – Mirboo North Victoria

Storm Clouds - Mirboo North Victoria

Storm Clouds – Mirboo North Victoria

Storm Clouds - Mirboo North Victoria

Storm Clouds – Mirboo North Victoria

Storm Clouds - Mirboo North Victoria

Storm Clouds – Mirboo North Victoria