Tag Archives: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

C is for Cloud

Ice cream castles in the air:

Pink clouds.
Pink clouds.

 

Clouds of steam rising from a thermal area in New Zealand

Clouds of steam at Te Whakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao
Clouds of steam at Te Whakarewarewatangaoteopetauaawahiao

Choppy clouds at sunrise in the Tasman Sea:

Choppy clouds at sunrise.
Choppy clouds at sunrise.

Dawn at Four-mile beach in  Port Douglas, Austalia.

Dawn at Four Mile Beach Australia
Dawn at Four Mile Beach Australia

Choppy clouds in Bend Oregon at sunset:

Choppy clouds at sunset.
Choppy clouds at sunset.

I think this is my favorite cloud one, the cloud echos the shape of the mountain.

Cloud and rock mountain from White Emperor City on the Yangze.
Cloud and rock mountain from White Emperor City on the Yangze.

Inspired by Cee’s Fun Photo Challenge: Clouds

Let’s Go Fly a Kite

Weifang, where my son lives has one major claim to fame: the International Kite Festival. They love their kites.

You can buy your own set of wings:

Several colorful butterfly kites hanging on a wall in a kite shop.
You can buy your own set of wings. Kite shop in Weifang, China.

I had a serendipitous backwater experience in Weifang last spring…I got to fly a kite with an older Chinese man who did so as a hobby. Even though we could not “understand” each other we somehow understood each other.

Meet Mr. Xu Xue Lian and his butterfly kite:

 

With your feet on the ground you’re a butterfly in flight, with your fist holding tight to the string of your kite.

Chinese man holding the reel of kite string flying a kite.
With your feet on the ground you’re a butterfly in flight.

Send it soaring up through the atmosphere:

Kite soaring beside a tower.
Soaring up in the atmosphere.

(it is a Chinese city so the air isn’t clear!)

Oh, let’s go…fly a kite!

 I couldn’t believe it when he handed me the controls ! I think he wanted to share with me the exhilarating feeling of controlling the kite so high up in the air. I have never experienced anything like it. And he had a really good time playing with the camera (one more advantage to having an inexpensive easy to use camera!)

I learned his name because a young woman who spoke a little English and worked in a nearby coffee shop was out walking in the park during her lunch hour and stopped to chat.