Monday, September 1, 2014

Quote of the Week

Look at your feet. You are standing in the sky. When we think of the sky, we tend to look up, but the sky actually begins at the earth. 
- Diane Ackerman

When searching for today's quote, I came across the category "clouds and sky" and was reminded of the beautiful clouds I saw over the weekend.  I wasn't alone.  As I scrolled through Facebook, I saw others had noticed them too.

What struck me about this quote was its different view of what actually constitutes the sky. We think of the sky as this blue expanse overhead.  Sometimes it is clear and sometimes filled with clouds. Sometimes it is a brilliant blue, and sometimes it is shaded gray with fog or haze, but always our eyes are drawn upward.

It is interesting to consider that the sky actually begins on earth.  To get a better grasp of this concept, picture a field with nothing to obstruct your view.  Looking at the horizon, it appears that the green grass and the blue sky meet, and therefore if you could suddenly be at that point the sky would be all around you.  In reality, no matter where you are, you are always where the earth meets the sky.


  1. "You are always where earth meets the sky..." Love this, Linda.

  2. I love that last line, also.. and the cloud shadows in your photo. I hope it was as fine a trip as the picture suggests.

  3. That's interesting about the clouds and the earth. I'll have to think on this for awhile:~)

    I noticed how amazing the clouds were over the weekend. Where I was they big and fluffy and I saw all sorts of different things in them.

    Later in the evening, they became dark gray towering monsters with lightning creating a show as the thunderstorms raced in:~)

  4. Thanks Jayne, it is an awesome thought.

    Hilary, thank you. That was taken a few years ago on a trip to MN. It was a lovely trip.

    Sara, think on, and let me know what you concluded. We finally got some rain last night and this afternoon. It was so dry.


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