Thursday, 21 May 2009

Johnny Mathis?








Given the fact that I seem to have spent the past week or so either my my head in the clouds or up my arse, I think it's appropriate that I return to clouds today for Skywatch Friday.

Driving home from work tonight the sky was a visual feast. The clouds were just so varied and spectacular I didn't know which way to look. The road ahead might've been the sensible option as was pointed out to me by my passenger.

Suitably chastened, I pulled over when I could and got out to take some pics. Danielle (my passenger) has got quite used to this now and I noticed has begun to snap away with her moby and I have a sneaking suspicion that I'm seeing the development of a budding cloudwatcher here. Watch this space.
On a completely different tack, I'm currently listening to Radcliffe and Maconie on Radio 2. I like Mark Radcliffe, think he's just the best thing on radio. He played David Bowie's 'Wild is the Wind' tonight which I think is one of Bowie's finest moments. Didn't realise till tonight that Bowie never wrote it. It was written by Dmitri Tiomkin and was in a 1957 film sung by Johnny Mathis. Yes, Johnny Mathis. How disturbing is that?


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26 comments:

  1. All things being equal I'd say the clouds are a better place to keep your head in!

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  2. Great shots, the last one is definately my favourite. Its almost as if that one cloud is posing for ya...lol.

    Have a great weekend.
    Guy
    Regina In Pictures

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  3. I don't know Johnny Mathis, so can't feel disturbed - I do love your clouds, though - especially the one over the yellow field.

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  4. Have to agree with Dave Coulter -- the clouds are a better place to keep your head in. Your last shot is magnificent! David Bowie's version of Wild is the Wind is definitely preferred!!

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  5. Now that's a very attractive cloud in the second shot. I could watch that all day.

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  6. Blue/yellow compo is fantastic! The cloud dots the i. Great shot!! Happy SWF!

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  7. I am for ever looking up at the clouds. The second one is a very nice simple image but the shape of the clouds adds that little extra. Nice one.

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  8. I'm very glad your photos are of the clouds and not the other place you're putting your head! LOL These are gorgeous.

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  9. Wow I just love the yellow forground against the sky and clouds. Beautiful
    Smiles Barbara

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  10. Johnny Mathis, eh? Well, that's too tempting not to google...

    Here ya go Neil, enjoy! ;-)
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfvdu8yMcko

    What's even more disturbing is the trailer of the film that the song is from!
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PfJQIEzTfNM&feature=related

    ... actually it's so disturbing I'd really like to see it! lol.

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  11. Your composition in the second photograph with the yellow foreground and then the sky is fantastic!
    Joyce

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  12. Tiptop as ever, Neil. Wild is the Wind is mos def one of Dave's finest moments - ta for that background on the song. I right dig Station to Station, the album it's off.

    Many years ago i heard a wee combo (a woman with a voice and a man with a sax) called Storm in a Teacup deliver the song at Teviot Row. It sounded beautiful, i was a bit tired and emotional and wept like a baby at its doleful, reedy simplicity. What a fud.

    I wonder what happened to Storm in a Teacup.

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  13. Cheesy Peeps! Just followed Ms TB's links and am now somewhat discombobulated.

    That was painful.

    Johnny Mathis shoulda stuck to dodgy christmas songs. Anthony Quinn shoulda stuck to Zorba the Greek.

    Aaaaarrrgh!

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  14. Hi Neil. These are great shots!

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  15. Glad you pulled over to take the shot! Beautiful!

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  16. Glad you got out of the car, the second shot has some extra magic, as if the cloud, so white and perfect, were ominously hovering over the golden field.

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  17. that second shot is a huge WOW.
    loving the light and dark and the hovering cloud :)
    have a wonderful weekend.

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  18. I love both these shots Neil, great job.

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  19. Very cool cloud photos..

    That second one looks a little bit like the Michelan Tire man :-)

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  20. So funny about the driving. My family now asks 'do you want to stop?' and if I say 'no' there's a heated debate about whether there's a good shot to be had and why don't I want to stop...

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  21. I'm just getting round to catching up with all the skywatch entries this week. You know, someone should invent a camera that you strap to your head - then when you're driving you'd just have to push a button on the steering wheel and it'd take the picture. A hands-free camera... Great photos, and worth stopping for.

    And Neil, I've no idea how that brooch was made, except that the people who made it were very, very skilled and talented. Everytime I go to the Early Scotland section of the museum, I'm utterly blown away by the metalwork there - I really wish I could have lived then. I think prehistoric people were more intelligent - that they could make such amazing things without all the technology we have today.

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  22. Kitty, I was a metalworker in the dental industry for twenty odd years. So I know a bit about what's involved there and it just amazes me to think about how they did that. Remarkable.
    Think you might be on to something with the hands free camera thingy..... brilliant. Next year we'll be millionaires...

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  23. Nice shot. I love days like that.

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