I have always loved clouds, and today while looking for a particular cloud, I came across the Wikipedia entry, and some glorious cloud photos, like the approaching thunderstorm above.
Cumulonimbus over Mykonos, Greece
Cirrus fibratus radiatus
Noctilucent, thin, cirriform cloud in deep twilight over Estonia.
A “hole punch” over Austria
Saucer cloud over Campbell’s Mesa, Arizona
Nacreous clouds over Antarctica
Mammatus clouds over Squaw Valley, Idaho
I’m not perfect; I have my share of trouble with the Ten Commandments, and this morning I tripped over Number Ten: “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
“Or anything that is your neighbor’s” – what a catch-all. For me, “anything” today includes a book a neighbor in this global village owns, and I want it.
I covet Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, published by William Heinemann in London in 1907, and rebound by Chris Lewis of Bath, England, circa 1980. Behold Lewis’ multicolored reproduction of Rackham’s ‘A Mad Tea Party’ inlaid on the emerald morocco cover, with double gilt fillets and gilt ornamented raised bands. Oh, baby.
A postcard by Austrian artist Gottlieb Theodore Kempf von Hartenkampf (1871-1964). In its section on postcard artists, the Metropolitan Postcard Club of New York notes, “Kempf attended the Academy in Vienna between 1888 to 1896 supplemented by studies in Rome and Paris. He began his career as an illustrator producing work for the magazine Meggendorfer Blatter, and he was designing postcards by 1899. That same year he showed with the Vienna Secession. He was a member of the Siebener Club, Wiener Kunstlerhaus, and in 1903 he founded an artists group in Fahrafeld. Kempf was also a painter and etcher whose style was influenced by both Art Nouveau and Symbolism.”
I am also stroking the dog’s head
and writing down these words
which means that I am calmly flying
in the face of the Buddhist advice
to do only one thing at a time.
— From “Fool Me Good” by Billy Collins in The Trouble with Poetry and Other Poems (2005) with thanks to Roz.