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Blowing the Clouds of Doubt
Center Island, Toronto Islands, Ontario
"Clouds may come, but clouds must go, and they all have a silver lining. For behind each cloud you know, the sun, or moon, is shining. so goes the old saying.
But what makes this a beauty for some, and a reason to be jaded for others.
It comes with a lot of idiomatic usage.
o "On Cloud 9" means one is very happy, while
o "have your head in the clouds" is not knowing what is around you since you are paying too much to your own ideas".
o "be under a cloud" - if someone or something is under a cloud, they are not trusted or not popular because people think they have done something bad.
o a cloud on the horizon - a problem or difficulty which you expect to happen in the future.
o live in cloud-cuckoo land - to believe that things you want will happen, when really they are impossible. Of course, our favorite
o Every cloud has a silver lining. - something that you say which means that there is something good even in an unpleasant situation.
There is a childhood soliloquy play of staring at clouds for hours and forming Teddy bears from them. This one - an elephant is formed. Leg-less sheep were seen 2 summers ago. Heart-shaped patch of clouds in the middle of sunset sky in the marina.
I didn't know that they have a name for this joyful act of looking for shapes in the clouds. They call it "nephelococcygia".
It lists down the steps to doing it right:
1. Find a safe spot to lay on the grass.
Today, I saw a toy poodle. Its either I got my head on the clouds (see above) or plainly happy about life and walking on cloud nine.
What weighs more - a cloud or an elephant?
My cloud collection in Flickr!
Some of the shapes I formed from Cloud Pictures in Flickr:
1. An Alligator's Head
2. a UFO
3. a Human face
4. a Cat scratch
5. an Eagle with wings stretched out
6. a Chicken
7. a White dove
8. a running cheetah or tiger