Under a Watchful Sky

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© JamesHarmon McQuilkin
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UploadedAugust 15, 2013
TakenJune 29, 2013
Exposure1/125 sec at f/6.3
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length21 mm
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I love clouds,
and they love me.
They give me more,
than eye can see.
Abundant shapes
and forms that glisten.
They draw my eyes,
and ears to listen.
I love clouds,
sometimes serene.
And other times,
with faces mean.
But most of which,
above it all,
It calls me home,
so free from fall.

JHMCQ 2013

53 responses

  • Kelly Nichols

    Kelly Nichols gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Very ominous boiling sky. Nice.

  • SimpleByDesign

    SimpleByDesign (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Looks like smoke. Great shot!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Love the cool patterns and the poem! A nice pair.

  • Ted Anderson

    Ted Anderson (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Love the image, and the words.

  • Stefan ...

    Stefan ... (Deleted) gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    unearthly :-)

  • Victoria Sutton

    Victoria Sutton gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    really interesting pic! it almost looks like fire and smoke to me. great shot!

  • Larry Owens

    Larry Owens gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    very interesting shot. luv it!!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Good heavens....really!! Amazing capture!! Love the poetry, too.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (15 Aug 2013):

    I love clouds too....in all there many shapes and forms. Remember when a child laying on the lawn, looking up and imagining what each shape represented. Wonder if children do that today? These are smokey bubbles.

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Love your beautiful words and heavenly clouds, they look like big balloons, dropping from the sky!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Love clouds too. These are incredible

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    sooooo cool !!!!! love this one

  • Hilda Cox

    Hilda Cox gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    sooooo cool !!!!! love this one

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler gave props (15 Aug 2013):

    Nice Mammary clouds

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (15 Aug 2013):


  • Leslie Hunziker

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  • Patrick Marella

    Patrick Marella gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    Wonderful capture !

  • Linda Houghton

    Linda Houghton gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    totally cool, and reading Suzanne's comment - that is funny because I did the same thing, even as an adult and now lay in the field when I can with my grandson and do it all over again.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon   gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    I love clouds, too.. these are wonderful and your words are so beautifully expressive! I often think that we forget what an important part of our landscape clouds really are..

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (16 Aug 2013):


  • Jason Platt

    Jason Platt gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    words and photo exceptional!

  • dL

    dL (Deleted) gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    Very cool shot of mammatus clouds, and so nicely coupled with your writing.

  • James Wiley

    James Wiley gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    Like cloud balloons...Unbelieveable!

  • R L

    R L gave props (16 Aug 2013):

    Awesome and trippy!

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece gave props (17 Aug 2013):

    I love clouds also, I like to find shapes in them. These clouds are so unusual and interesting, as is the poem that you wrote about them : )

  • Jordan Whyte

    Jordan Whyte gave props (19 Aug 2013):

    Lovely capture! Those are Mammatus clouds and I've seen only very few good images taken of them. This is a great image

  • Jordan Whyte

    Jordan Whyte gave props (19 Aug 2013):

    Great capture! Those are Mammatus clouds... I believe

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    Fantastic B&W!!!

  • Lynda Ford

    Lynda Ford (Deleted) gave props (23 Aug 2013):

    Intense Sky with great detail! Well done!

  • Raymond Fausel

    Raymond Fausel gave props (23 Aug 2013):


  • Agnieszka Sulikowska

    Agnieszka Sulikowska gave props (24 Aug 2013):

    nice finding!

  • Dirk Fuhrmann

    Dirk Fuhrmann (Deleted) gave props (27 Aug 2013):

    fascinating shot!


    PINAKI SARKAR gave props (27 Aug 2013):

    great photo. I love the clouds and the light and composition here. If look at the photo with the thought that these contain water it gives you a different feeling. Great Photo.

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (29 Aug 2013):

    Fabulous shot

  • JamesHarmon McQuilkin

    JamesHarmon McQuilkin   said (29 Aug 2013):

    This was the first time I'd seen this kind of formation. Thanks to those that gave me their name/type. Thanks to all for the kudos.

  • Robert Nichols

    Robert Nichols said (29 Aug 2013):

    Wow, I have only seen these types of clouds once in Tennessee on vacation 4 years ago. Very nice catch and a great poem!

  • Christina Dugan

    Christina Dugan gave props (11 Sep 2013):

    Looks like smoke billowing through a fire!!

  • John Tanner

    John Tanner gave props (14 Sep 2013):

    Great capture of a rare cloud formation !!

  • Claudia Ballestri

    Claudia Ballestri gave props (18 Sep 2013):

    I love it


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (29 Sep 2013):

    Beautiful and unique!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (4 Oct 2013):

    Beautiful poetry and image to go with it....Lovely in both counts.

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Oct 2013):

    Blowin' the doors off JPG's Theme Park!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (4 Oct 2013):

    well seen and perfect for the theme!!!

  • Shannon Burch

    Shannon Burch gave props (5 Oct 2013):

    Magically Peaceful! So well done!

  • Davide Simone

    Davide Simone gave props (29 May 2014):

    Wonderful !

  • Bob Busch

    Bob Busch gave props (29 May 2014):

    Great shot! great catch! Love the poetry! ....Hope the winds were not too bad!

  • Susan B. Griffith

    Susan B. Griffith   said (29 May 2014):

    Deceptive in that it looks like a bunch of cotton balls...yet it's a bad storm.

  • Talia Krasicka

    Talia Krasicka gave props (30 May 2014):

    Great great great!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (30 May 2014):

    Wow! Wicked clouds!

  • miss minky loon

    miss minky loon gave props (4 Sep 2014):

    amazing what you find when you look up

  • wendy stevenson

    wendy stevenson gave props (19 Nov 2014):

    LOVE these clouds - I think I've only seen them a couple times that I can remember! GREAT capture of them!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (29 Sep 2017):

    Congrats that this was featured in Recent JPG Live Stories for High Winds Predicted...Well deserved!

  • Lynn E. Harvey

    Lynn E. Harvey gave props (1 Oct 2017):

    Congratulations on the Challenge Blog!

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