I have always been a big fan of mother nature: she’s creative, she’s in control, and she’s one hell of a multi-tasker. I think what I most respect is her design sensibility. Maybe I’ve just had my head in the clouds lately, but it seems to me that she’s taking special care with the sky these days. Using clouds as a design feature, she’s revitalizing already-vibrant vistas, and creating some seriously scintillating scenery. This was especially evident during a recent trip to the beautiful state of Florida.
I like how Mother Nature has the confidence to put the clouds right there, front and center, in our path:
And how she pairs them with palm trees:
She even knows how to make power lines look good:
Every once in a while she even tinges them pink:
She creates a romantic look by using the sun as under-lighting:
As you can see, clouds are extremely versatile. And while Mother Nature certainly has a special knack for cloud stylings, she’s not the only one.
For example, I admire how The Simpsons have been harnessing the power of clouds for over 23 years:
Artist Bob Staake created this cloud-centric cover for this week’s The New Yorker. (Imagine my delight when it arrived in my mailbox yesterday, since I was sneaking up on a post about clouds.):
Here’s a charming little piece of cloud pottery from JD Wolfe Pottery, on Etsy. It’s officially a teaspoon rest, but I can imagine it as a ring holder, a little dessert plate, or I can see whole collection of them hanging on the wall:
And finally, here is my own attempt at cloud control. I painted this cardboard frame a long time ago, and it has held a photo of my brother and I at ages 1 and 6 ever since:
Thank you, Mother Nature, for inspiring all of us.
Have you mastered the art of cloud control?