Sky Gazer and Cloud Gatherer
Clouds have always fascinated me. I can remember learning their names--Cirrus, Cumulous, Stratus, Nimbo-Stratus--in elementary school, and later lying on my back in our orchard watching Joni Mitchell's “folds and folds of angelhair” drift by. Standing on a rock in the ocean, the celestial dome spreads in all directions; each one often revealing very different types of clouds.
If you look carefully just above and to the left of the light, you can see a visage that looks very much like Zeus. Replete with wild hair and beard, he seems to have descended in a rush of wind from the heavens. Compare the features in Mammatus to the features on these Greek sculptures of Zeus and you’ll see what I mean.
|Zeus 2nd Century AD from The British Museum|
|Jupiter from The Musee du Louvre|
Later, below Mammatus, the sky severed and cracked to reveal a pale blue fissure like a portal to another world.