Monday, March 30, 2009



A Nor'west day here in Christchurch is hot & dry ....& usually very windy. There will be an arch of lenticular clouds across an otherwise cloudless sky creating what is called a "Nor'west Arch'. Often it is quite stunning.

The winds race across the Canterbury Plains causing dust clouds up country & you can feel them buffeting a car if you are driving outside of the city, the planes come into land at the Airport from a different direction.

Once in a while you will get a nor'west day where there is no, or at least very little ground wind in the city - those days are spectacular. If you are looking, often the first sign is the tell tale Nor'west arch in the sky - but if you don't have a clear view of the sky because of buildings & such the first sign maybe the sound of a plane flying into land.

We had two such days last week. To to me they are even better than Spring after a long winter. There is such a special quality about them, if one stops & takes notice. The air feels different, sound carries differently & even in the busy city there is an indefinable stillness. It's that quality that reaches inside of me & provokes a feeling of utter peace. I'll step outside, turn my face skyward & just stand there & absorb the quiet seems to blanket & suppress the little everyday noises.

I suspect that those feelings were still with me when I started editing & naming the latest lot of photographed beads last Thursday night ;o)


Genie Sea said...

Hello fellow cloud watcher! :) The sky is a sacred cathedral. It inspires awe. :)

angelinabeadalina said...

Magnificent bead and scene, Deb! I imagined myself standing there with you, looking up at the incredible sky and listening to the quiet. It looks like one of those skies that literally leaves you in awe of the power of nature...and not just the power to create mighty storms, but also the power to create such intense blue and such bright clouds.

Deb said...

Hi Genie & Ang. You'd love the skies here ...for a while. Our light is clear & harsh a lot of the time, quite difficult to explain, but noticeable to artists that visit from other countries.

I love the sky & clouds when I take the time to stop & notice it all.

rosebud101 said...

Deb, that bead is lovely!