Eyes In The Sky

Canada
December 4, 2015 7:53am CST
When I was a child we were lucky to have an old friend who lived along the Mohawk River and had acres of land. He let my dad have a garden there while we lived in the city. It was a gift from Uncle Bob who had all the big tools so all dad and mom had to do was take care of the garden plot. They planted, they watered, they pulled weeds and harvested fresh food all summer. My brother was older than I, my sister was a baby and I wasn't very old so we lazed around on a blanket and played. We had toys and books and mother nature. My favorite pass time was watching the sky. The white clouds in the blue sky fascinated me. We would search for interesting shapes. I imagine all children did that when the opportunity was there. As an adult, I still look to the sky on a beautiful day to see what I can find. The photo above is one I took while my husband and I were driving home from a vacation in the south. We had just crossed the border from the USA at Detroit and headed towards Toronto. It was a long boring ride. Until I saw a cloud up ahead that looked like a giant white stingray in the sky with eyes. I took several photos of it from afar and when we got closer I got some photos without power lines. Back then I was using an editing program called PhotoScape that was and maybe still is a wonderful free site to edit your photos. It is not compatible with my Mac so I am still looking for a new editing program. The only thing I changed in this photo was that white line (lip) under the mouth. It was not there and with the editing program I could clone pieces of the white from above to make a that lip. Pretty cool. Eh? Do you still have your eyes on the sky to see what you can find?
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@msiduri (5842)
• United States
4 Dec 15
Not so much clouds per se, but the sky in general. I like stars. I'm up early enough to catch a glimpse of the sky. I like watching the constellations come and go. Every so often when the moon and clouds cooperate, I get a nice werewolf moon. And I like seeing sunsets and sunrises.
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
I like all of those too, while camping we lay on the camp bridge over the river and feel the heat in the cement and watch the stars until a car comes and we have to give it space...
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@BelleStarr (31003)
• Portland, Connecticut
4 Dec 15
I do and while I see the stingray I also see a very western looking steers head.
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• Canada
5 Dec 15
That's great, I see it now too but only saw the eyes and the stingray before. Very clever..
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@BelleStarr (31003)
• Portland, Connecticut
5 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I love just laying on the ground and watching the show that goes by. Better than TV.
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• United States
9 Dec 15
Me too !!!! I thought I was the only one great to read great minds think alike @BelleStarr
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• United States
9 Dec 15
Absolutely I think I have the perfect image of a 'baby bear in the sky' seen one day during high summer when mom and I had the day off and just went sight-seeing, I photographed it and then uploaded it to my paint where I have an arrow that says "bear cloud see it' ? . . . thanks for sharing an amazing childhood fascination that many of us adults still cherish doing to this day. Have a very happy and healthy Holiday @PainsOnSlate
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• Canada
9 Dec 15
Thank you for your kind comments. I love love love your bear. That is a great catch. I hope your holiday is delightful!
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• United States
9 Dec 15
and you as well my dear I am glad you loved the bear so much ! Mom and I were kind of glad to see that too @PainsOnSlate
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
5 Dec 15
That is pretty cool! I've never seen anything quite that interesting in the clouds before.
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• Canada
5 Dec 15
It fascinated me too. I just added the bottom lip.
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@simone10 (22271)
• Louisville, Kentucky
7 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate That is a picture I would definitely save.
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@kaka135 (13452)
• Malaysia
5 Dec 15
It's so nice that you could live in the big garden! Books and mother nature are very good friend of kids. I like to look at the clouds in the sky, and yes, I still look for any interesting shapes. Now that I have children, we like to talk about the "objects" we found in the sky. I always imagine if I can lay down on the cloud, how soft and comfortable it will be. The cloud in the picture is really giant! Thank you for sharing PhotoScape, I will look for it if I want to edit any photo.
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• Canada
5 Dec 15
I hope its still around, I love the editing program. Glad to know your kids like to watch the sky too.
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@kaka135 (13452)
• Malaysia
6 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I am not good at photo editing, I guess I don't have the patience or interest to do it. My husband likes it. Watching the sky is one of our activities when we are in the car since the children were young, especially traveling for long distance.
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• Canada
6 Dec 15
@kaka135 PhotoScape is so easy anyone can use it and it is still on line, so much easier than PhotoShop or Corel.
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@salonga (27973)
• Philippines
5 Dec 15
It does really look like white, giant stingray! Nice capture! But I wonder why you have to edit the photo. Is it not better if posted as is?
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• Canada
5 Dec 15
I edit my photos to make them more interesting, sharper, brighter, I don't edit them all but this one was begging for a lip.
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@salonga (27973)
• Philippines
5 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate ah ok. I wish I could be as alert and prepared so I can also capture interesting photos like this.
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@SIMPLYD (74802)
• Philippines
8 Dec 15
Yes, i do that at night though , when i am at my parents' house . I am just there on the porch gazing up in the sky to see the stars and the constellations.
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• Canada
8 Dec 15
I love to do that too but there is too much light in my neighborhood. My parents house was like that - no light to interfere with skywatching in the country.
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@silvermist (15685)
• India
6 Dec 15
@PainsOnSlate I too do this,even now.Of course I have not taken any photos.A very good photo.
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• Canada
6 Dec 15
Thank you, I loved being able to see that in the sky
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@TheHorse (51402)
• Pleasant Hill, California
5 Dec 15
I'm always watching the sky. Cool photo.
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• Canada
5 Dec 15
Thanks, I love it and took a dozen photos of it as we got closer, was sad when we went by it...
@bluesa (11773)
• Johannesburg, South Africa
5 Dec 15
I love taking photos of clouds in the sky, dark grey, gold, fluffy white, this shape or that, they are fascinating. Very cool edit of a cool photo. :-)
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• Canada
5 Dec 15
I love to look at the clouds too, I'm glad you enjoyed this photo.
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@sueznewz2 (9330)
• Alicante, Spain
4 Dec 15
Good job with the editing of the lip..... I'm not very good at that.... but I know someone who is.....lol's... but yes like you ...I often look up at the sky.... to sed what Interesting shapes and Formations are gathering....
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• Canada
5 Dec 15
Its not only fun but relaxing, mother nature does that for us.
@PatZAnthony (11732)
• Charlotte, North Carolina
4 Dec 15
That is a very interesting photo. Amazing what we see when we look!
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
I was so happy to find this, such fun to edit it too. Thank you, glad you enjoyed it.
@fawkes62 (1359)
• United States
4 Dec 15
That's a great photo and would have been cool to see in person. I look at the clouds some days, but never see anything as distinct as that, even without the editing you did on it.
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
It was a wonderful find, even my husband who was driving thought it was cool.
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@LadyDuck (118120)
• Switzerland
4 Dec 15
I agree that this could looks a lot like a stingray. I usually look at the clouds while my husband is driving and I have nothing to do.
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
yup, that's what I do too...@LadyDuck
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@jaboUK (49995)
• United Kingdom
4 Dec 15
That's an amazing photo, even without the editing. However the lip definitely adds to it - a perfect stingray.
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
It was an eye catcher as i was just looking at the views...@jaboUK
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@dodo19 (27694)
• Beaconsfield, Quebec
4 Dec 15
As a kid, my eyes would often roam to the sky and outdoors. I'd start daydreaming and such. Even now, my eyes will still turn to the sky, and such. I'm not sure why, but it's something I've always done.
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
Its a beautiful thing to look at while you think!
@marlina (60531)
• Canada
4 Dec 15
I never pay that much attention to clouds.
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
You would be surprised what you are missing...or not. I still look up when I see a beautiful sky.
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@boiboing (12524)
• Northampton, England
4 Dec 15
I need to slow down and look at the clouds more often.
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• Canada
4 Dec 15
Its a gift to yourself so I agree you should slow down and enjoy the sky.