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I’ve looked at clouds from both sides … wow

I love the Internet. You never know what you’re going to come across when you’re just browsing, following links, poking around.

I couldn’t tell you what I was looking for originally but I ended up on Wikipedia looking at pictures of different types of clouds. There are more classifications, sub-classifications, interesting names, and pictures than you can shake a stick at.

The picture above, though, is the one I fixated on. I saw clouds just like this one day, near or over the mountains, and couldn’t believe they were naturally formed. I thought maybe it was some sort of turbulence from a plane or helicopter. Wikipedia taught me otherwise. These are Kelvin-Helmholtz instability clouds. True, I sort of glazed when I tried to read how they are formed, but it’s enough for me to know that what I saw was indeed a natural phenomenon.

The notes say it is widely believed that clouds like this inspired the swirls in Van Gogh’s “Starry Night.” Ya think?

“Starry Night”

Mother Nature never ceases to amaze me.

"Nothing is more dangerous than ignorance and intolerance armed with power." ~ Voltaire

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