This photo was taken from the beach after the wedding of my son Brad with Kathleen on January 14, 2012
The location was Aruba, an Island well known for its great beaches, warm sun in the winter, gentle breezes 10 months out of the year, and little mentioned "Clouds"; some of the most spectacular I have ever seen. This being one of them.
The "Take It!" came from observing this Dragon like cloud formation marching its way across the horizon, which was breathtaking. The lucky photo of it get its way, including the huge sun with a near ring around it, was one of those brain buring images one is rarely priviledged to see. The consistency of the cloud being strong enough to blank out the sun all the way into the horizon itself made for a stunning contrast. That the sun still made itself known in the wash of reflection in the water near the shore, almost gave it a look of a power match up. Here is where the quote "But for one shining moment" could be happily envoked.
The After Take: I showed this picture via the camera monitor, to some of those who were at the wedding while we were at the wedding dinner. By this time, my sometimes over active imagination had me saying the event had a visit by this wonderful cloud creature. I had even gone as far as naming him 'Poof' and that he might be related to that wonderful 'Puff' sung about in that enchanting song by Peter, Paul, and Mary. Some of the wedding group did not even see the cloud formation, so enjoyably caught up in the wedding activities were they. All that I showed it to that evening accompanied with my run of imagination were delighted. Again, joy then, joy now, as I have this opportunity to share this display of nature and all of its wonder with you.
Wishing you all the very best!
PS: Like so many subjects seem to call for, I took a number of photos of 'Poof' and could not help but include yet just one more, which is shown below. The power is somewhat softened and enhanced by what could be the inclusion of what may be the happily exhausted kids shown in the previously shown picture of 'Sparkle Surfing'.