Picture this. The sky’s the limit…

11 Aug

While we may be sandwiched between the wide open panoramas of nearby Exmoor to the east, and the even more impressive sweep of the skies above rugged Dartmoor further west of us, here on the River Taw estuary we still get some pretty impressive sights overhead,especially in the evenings.

Having had some nice comments recently about a few pictures of these natural oil paintings in the clouds that I’ve posted online, I thought I’d go back through my many photos and put together a small gallery of meteorological awesomeness.

All of these photos were taken within half a mile of our house in Barnstaple, North Devon.


              Low winter sun.



               Cloud Angel.


               Dusk in the fields.



The sky can go from distinctly Turner-esque…


.. to apocalyptic.



This next one seems to involve a cloud floating in front of a house (no manipulation involved on my part I assure you)





You can see why I like to sit outside by the pond with a pint and watch the sunset can’t you?

And what better tune to chill out to at the end of a beautiful summer’s day than this ambient classic from the Orb.


Posted by on August 11, 2013 in Photography, Picture this.


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19 responses to “Picture this. The sky’s the limit…

  1. jerseylil

    August 12, 2013 at 07:37

    These are awesome, Dale, thanks for sharing. You have some spectacular cloud patterns and sunsets. That one cloud seemingly floating in front of a house is quite a shot. I can definitely see why you enjoy sitting outside by the pond with a pint! Like the video and music too.

    • dalecooper57

      August 12, 2013 at 08:45

      Cheers Lil. Yep, sitting out watching the sun bleed into the estuary is great.

  2. Carl Allen Anfinse

    August 12, 2013 at 15:59

    Awesome! How can you not be grateful to God our creator when you witness these scenes every day of your life? Gratitude is such a simple thing.

    • dalecooper57

      August 12, 2013 at 16:40

      Um,…. Ok. I’ll just be grateful for the changes in air temperature as the eea breezes rush up the estuary and rise above the headland, producing these lovely formations.
      Still grateful all the same. ;~}

  3. Ron

    August 12, 2013 at 16:54

    Dale, each and everyone of these photos are freakin’ AWESOME!


    The one of the floating cloud is AMAZING! And the fifth one from the bottom (of the sunrise/sunset) is spectacular!

    Well done, buddy. WELL done!

    Great video clip too! I’m such a cloud-lover.

    • dalecooper57

      August 12, 2013 at 17:35

      Cheers Ron. I can’t take much credit. I just wait, point, and shoot.

  4. Yun Yi

    August 14, 2013 at 20:36

    you captured some amazing moment of nature. those sun glares are not easy to capture (the last one are the most unusual) you must have some good camera, if not, certainly you have artistic eyes. Also love the fuzzy edges of couple of images, made them look like lithography. thanks for sharing!

    • dalecooper57

      August 14, 2013 at 20:56

      Thank you. I never use anything other than my phone (Samsung Galaxy S2) for all that you see, watch, hear and read on the blog – or anywhere else on the Web for that matter – but I have got the hang of manipulating the settings and filters for maximum effect. The square photos, including those with rough edges, are taken with Instagram.
      However I have been into photography for some time, although I’ve never owned anything but a simple 35mm camera, so I’ll take any artistic credit that’s going. ;~}

  5. restlessjo

    March 6, 2014 at 07:54

    Yep, they’re beauties alright, Dale. Especially like the Turneresque one 🙂 Perhaps we should start a cloud “challenge”!

    • dalecooper57

      March 6, 2014 at 08:10

      I believe that’s what’s called “blue sky thinking”.

  6. Fiona

    January 6, 2016 at 09:07

    Gorgeous, Dale, thanks for sending me here!

    • dalecooper57

      January 6, 2016 at 09:10

      My pleasure, one good cloud post deserves another. ;~}

  7. joey

    January 6, 2016 at 12:25

    Angel cloud, oooh! And the Turner-esque, yes 🙂

    • dalecooper57

      January 6, 2016 at 12:25

      Yeah, I was especially pleased with those too.

  8. LindaGHill

    January 6, 2016 at 12:30

    Gorgeous photos, Guy. Thanks for the link. 🙂


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