Friday, May 14, 2010

SKYWATCH: Les Merveilleux Nuages

Our weather has been very, very changeable, alternating between showers, heavier rain, strong winds, and bursts of sun. Over several days the clouds were just unbelievably surreal. These made me recall my favorite French poet Charles Baudelaire's poem L’étranger (The Stranger), which reads as follows:

Qui aimes-tu le mieux, homme énigmatique, dis? Ton père, ta mère, ta soeur ou ton frère?
- Je n'ai ni père, ni mère, ni soeur, ni frère.
- Tes amis?
-Vous vous servez là d'une parole dont le sens m'est resté jusqu'à ce jour inconnu.
- Ta patrie?
- J'ignore sous quelle latitude elle est située.
- La beauté?- Je l'aimerais volontiers, déesse et immortelle.
- L'or?- Je le hais comme vous haïssez Dieu.
- Eh! qu'aimes-tu donc, extraordinaire étranger?
- J'aime les nuages... les nuages qui passent... là-bas... là-bas... les merveilleux nuages!
The Stranger
Tell me, enigmatical man, whom do you love best? Your father,Your mother, your sister, or your brother?
-I have neither father, nor mother, nor sister, nor brother.
Your friends?
-Now you use a word whose meaning I have never known.
Your country?
-I do not know in what latitude it lies.
-I could indeed love her, Goddess and Immortal.
-I hate it as you hate God.
Then, what do you love, extraordinary stranger?
-I love the clouds... the clouds that pass... up there...up there... the wonderful clouds!
See other skies at SKYWATCH.


NYC In Photographs said...

It looks like a painting. Lovely shot!

eileeninmd said...

Love the clouds and that blue sky is just awesome!

Gaelyn said...

I could almost see the clouds moving wind blown across the sky. Absolutely love the poem.

Gibepregiba said...

J'adore cette photo et aussi poemes de C.B.

And I am even worse in writing comments in French than in English. :)

Is it allowed to write comments sometimes in Serbian?

J Bar said...

Amazing shot.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Jack and Joann said...

That's a real Skywatch Friday pic.
Outstanding. And your header pic looks like something along the Rhine River in Germany.

Have a great weekend.

Sylvia K said...

Stunning cloud shot and the perfect poem! Marvelous post for the day! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!


arabesque said...

stunning cloud renditions, although i beg to differ with baudelaire's poem except for the nuages which are really puffy and a sky that is really blue. ^0^

Jacob said...

An extraordinary photograph! The depth of the colors and the clarity of the whites is superb!

Tabib said...

Zahvalnost umjesto sudioništvo tvoj čudesan oblak pa nepraktične ideje.

helenmac said...

Incredible capture of incredible clouds! Like your new mast head of Kalemegdan.

Alexa said...

WOW! And also my fave poet (along with François Villon, of course). In so many ways, we are SO are the same wavelength—I love that!

Olivier said...

quel ciel magnifique, on dirait une peinture

Louis la Vache said...

Fabulous Sky Watch post and text, Bibi!

Naturedigital said...

Great sky photograph Bibi.

Kim said...

Wow! Dramatic sky passing by!
Happy Friday Bibi!

Hilda said...

That is such a strange but wonderful quotation. The dark shadows under the puffy white clouds make them look so dramatic!

B SQUARED said...

Depth and color, lovely.

Virginia said...

Oh this is wonderful Bibi, and your new header is a great shot !!!
Bon weekend,

Thérèse said...

Des nuages éternellement en harmonie avec le ciel! Une belle addition que ce poème de Beaudelaire.

Chuck Pefley said...

What a wonderful poem, Bibi! Thank you for sharing!!

Joy said...

Reminds me of blue sky thinking! Great shot.

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Damaris said...

I really really like that picture