Fish, Shark, and Serpent Clouds
Mountain View & Palo Alto, CA

Photos of Clouds & Haikus
Wednesday, October 25, 2009

By Peter Y. Chou

Preface: On Friday, October 23, 2009 after leaving Foothill College's Krause Center on the Los Altos Hill campus, I was waiting for the 5:16 pm Bus #40. When I looked up the sky, there was a giant "Fish Cloud" swimming in the deep ocean blue. I didn't have my camera with me to capture this magnificent image. Just to make sure I wasn't imagining another bird or fish in the clouds, I asked a student who was nearby what he saw in the clouds. He was amazed too "It's a fish! I wished I had my camera with me. I'm a photography major, and this would have been a fantastic shot." I hurriedly sketched the "Fish Cloud" on a 3"x5" piece of paper I carry around to write haikus before boarding my bus. The next two days I brought my camera along and managed several cloud photos that resembled a fish, a serpent, a shark, and some picturesque swirling clouds. I'm sharing these images below with my haikus.

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Friday, October 23, 2009, 5:15 pm
Sketch of "Fish Cloud" (Parking Lot 4)
before boarding 5:16 pm Bus #40
Left: Photo reconstructed in Photoshop

No camera to capture
this lovely "Fish Cloud"
swimming in the deep blue.
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 2:58 pm
Mountain View: Showers Drive & California St.
"Fish Cloud" swimming in a school of fishes

"Fish Cloud" swimming with
school of fishes heading
northwest to the Sun.

Saturday, October 24, 2009, 3:04 pm
Mountain View: Showers Drive
"Serpent Cloud" rising upward
(kundalini energy in the spine)

"Serpent Cloud" spirals
upward— the kundalini
rising from its sleep.
Saturday, October 24, 2009, 3:10 pm
Mountain View: Showers Drive
Surprised to see "Serpent Cloud"
had moved a quadrant in the sky

Earth can't rotate this fast—
"Serpent Cloud" moved 90o
in just six minutes.

Saturday, October 24, 2009, 6:00 pm
Mountain View: Showers Dr. & Latham St.
Half Moon barely visible amidst
flurry of clouds near sunset

Half Moon is hiding
behind a curtain of clouds
that will soon change colors.
Sunday, October 25, 2009, 3:00 pm
Mountain View: Showers Dr. & Latham St.
"Shark Cloud" and "Horned Bull Cloud"
(not photographed) ready for battle.

"Shark Cloud" with mouth
wide open ready to battle
"Bull Cloud" that's coming.

Sunday, October 25, 2009, 3:00 pm
Mountain View: Showers Dr. & Latham St.
Swirling clouds above Target parking lot.
Feathery ghost clouds flying southward

Ghost Clouds with feathers
all flying southward—
one has the face of a cat!
Wednesday, October 14, 2009, 3:45 pm
Palo Alto, Stanford University
Palm trees on Lasuen Mall between
Bing Wing Library & Main Quad
with clouds shaped like China map

High above the palm trees—
group of fluffy clouds
shaped like map of China!

— Peter Y. Chou, Stanford Art Library, October 25, 2009

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