Eagle Clouds in Mountain View

Photographs: Showers Drive
Saturday, August 28, 2010

By Peter Y. Chou

Preface: On Saturday, August 28, 2010, while coming home from Los Altos Library, I saw a group of puffy white clouds shaped like a mushroom emerging from a cloud mass at the corner of Showers Drive and Latham Street in Mountain View. I rushed home and got my Canon PowerShot A590IS Camera but the mushroom cloud was gone. However the cottonball clouds (altocumulus) looked beautiful so I snapped a few pictures. Then I noticed an eagle shaped cloud soaring out, and took several more photos. Since it was Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's 261st birthday (August 28, 1749), these pictures are delicated to him. When the Duke of Weimar complained the poor weather forecasts, Goethe said he can tell from cloud types. Soon Goethe was appointed to head the Meteorology Department in addition to the Drama Department as well as the Bureau of Mines. Because of Goethe's multi-facet talents, I have looked up to him as my spiritual mentor since 1960. (Cottonball Sky, Goethe's Harz Mountain poem, Goethe: Earth Inhaling & Exhaling)

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Cottonball Clouds

Faces in Cottonball Clouds

Eagle-shaped Cloud (pointed beak)

Eagle-shaped Cloud (growing neck)

Eagle-shaped Cloud (large head & beak)

Dark Dragon in White Cloud

L-shaped Clouds or Boot Kicking

Setting Sun Behind Clouds

Sweeping Clouds with Wolf Head

— Peter Y. Chou, Mountain View, August 30, 2010
     (Photographed on August 28, 2010, 6:05-6:17 pm)

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