This weeks new theme is CLOUDS!
Here in sunny SoCal we rarely have such a
variety of clouds.
I just had to take this picture because it is so rare.
Growing up here in the 50's and 60's,
we had a big cloud back then.
It was a brownish cloud of smog.
I remember in high school, we had a teacher
who came from Indiana.
One day some of us were talking to him
on our way to class, all of a sudden he stopped.
He was looking above the buildings and
we asked him what was wrong.
He looked at us and said something about not realizing
that he could see the mountains from the school.
We then looked up and were surprised to see them ourselves.
Usually you had to drive to them to see them.
Yes, the cloud of smog was that thick back then.
Our state has done a lot to improve our smog output
but the cloud of smog still lingers.
Luckily we have many days where one can
see the mountains.
I now live about 40 miles east of that area,
just below the Cajon Pass.
This is where the Santa Ana's always blow.
We did not know it when we first moved here
but we seem to almost always have some wind blowing
down from the Pass.
The great thing about it is that it blows the smog away from
this area and we can sadly still see that cloud of smog
On days of no wind or very little wind,
we have that brown cloud over us too.
I shudder to think about if they had not taken steps
back then to fight the smog,
would we only see the mountains on rainy days
such as we did back then.
If the clouds were not there then you would see
Big Bear Mountain in this picture.
You can see just a bit of it under the clouds.
On a clear day we can see Big Bear to the east,
and Mt. Baldy to the northwest of our house.
You can also make out the trees to the east of the Pass.
It is beautiful.
But sadly due to our lack of clouds means that we have
very little rain which helps to clear the smog.
Clouds are a beautiful sight around here.
How about you,
do you have a lot of clouds where you live?
Did you know there are many types of clouds?
Do you see different objects in the clouds?
Please come back and link your cloud posts.
Mr. Linky says he has no idea what a cloud looks like, can you please show him?