Thursday, August 21, 2008

Choices

Sky Watch Friday

Life's Choices

Life's choices are like clouds.
Sometimes the way is clear,
to decide between black and white.

Occasionally the choice is grey,
and we call on experience,
prayer, and common sense.

We may be tempted by.....
beautiful oranges and yellows.
Make your choices wisely.

Photograph by Martha on the way home from work.
Nikon S51 - As photographed 08/21/2008

Photograph by Martha
Poor free verse by Troy

How do you make your choices?
Prayer, Experience, flip a coin?
Leave a comment.
Inquiring minds want to know!

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79 comments:

Kathiesbirds said...

Troy, that is quite a monster cloud there! So ominous looming over your head! Your poem is quite good! Bravo for you for trying! As for me, I don't know when I'll get my skywatch up. I've been up all night just polishing up Edition #82 of I and the bird. My brain is fried but I had to come say hi before I go back to bed!

kjpweb said...

Well that looks very cool! Gorgeous, Martha!
How I make my shot decisions?
90% gut and 10% planning. ;)
Cheers, Klaus

The Texican said...

Look at you. Poem and photo to boot. Great contrast. Have a great weekend. Pappy

CrazyCath said...

That is an awesome shot Martha! Well done. Just working on mine now and will post shortly.

Thank you for your response about the indigo in the rainbow. I'm glad you didn't take offense - none was intended.

I can see the clear / white too! It is like the experiments in the lab as a school child - spinning the spectrum colours fast to produce... white! I see it in the rainbow too.

Ain't God clever? ;0)

CrazyCath said...

PS My decisions as if you hadn't guessed - on a wing and a prayer sometimes, but mostly just prayer. :0)

Daryl said...

Amazing shot Martha .. the lower black clouds look like someone is raising their arm to the heavens... cool

How do I make a decision ... I think about the pros/cons and then do what I feel is right ... tho as an Aquarian I often act before I think it out ... lucky for me Husband is a very grounded Virgo

:-Daryl

Cicero Sings said...

Great cloud shot and poem!

A couple of rules of thumb on decision making:

* When in doubt ... don't

* When your heart leaps "Yes" the inner urge is so strong ... go for it.

* Nurture oneself, practice to recognize the still small voice ... then heed it ... the better one gets it works even for the small things.

Pat - An Arkansas Stamper said...

Great capture, Martha! That upward-reaching dark cloud has an ominous, and somewhat 'evil' look, but the sky above is beautiful.

I'm a 'gut' decision maker, I fear. "Fools rush in ..." I have learned over time that I have to live with the *consequences* of my decisions, and remembering that is sometimes enough to cause me to proceed carefully.

I like your poem, Troy.

fishing guy said...

Troy/Martha: Very nice clouds and verse for SWF. I see a big guy on the ground directing a dragon to attack. Did you see that Martha.

Tommy V said...

wonderful picture and love the works you put with it.

Bradley Myers said...

It looks like you had a beautiful sky yesterday also.

I have had the chance to go back through most of you post and it looks like we have done and photographed alott of the same things. Great site.

Juliana RW said...

gorgeous clouds

My SWF : in here Thanks

Max-e said...

Very nice shot.
My decision making depends on my mood. Sometimes I just make then and other times I cogitate for hours

picturing said...

i believe i saw crocodile :D

Hope you have time also to visit me in here Thanks

Carole said...

Fabulous photo! Your question reminded me of a scene in one of my favorite films (No Country for Old Men):

Anton Chigurh: What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss.
Gas Station Proprietor: Sir?
Anton Chigurh: The most. You ever lost. On a coin toss.
Gas Station Proprietor: I don't know. I couldn't say.
[Chigurh flips a quarter from the change on the counter and covers it with his hand]
Anton Chigurh: Call it.
Gas Station Proprietor: Call it?
Anton Chigurh: Yes.
Gas Station Proprietor: For what?
Anton Chigurh: Just call it.
Gas Station Proprietor: Well, we need to know what we're calling it for here.
Anton Chigurh: You need to call it. I can't call it for you. It wouldn't be fair.
Gas Station Proprietor: I didn't put nothin' up.
Anton Chigurh: Yes, you did. You've been putting it up your whole life you just didn't know it. You know what date is on this coin?
Gas Station Proprietor: No.
Anton Chigurh: 1958. It's been traveling twenty-two years to get here. And now it's here. And it's either heads or tails. And you have to say. Call it.
Gas Station Proprietor: Look, I need to know what I stand to win.
Anton Chigurh: Everything.
Gas Station Proprietor: How's that?
Anton Chigurh: You stand to win everything. Call it.
Gas Station Proprietor: Alright. Heads then.
[Chigurh removes his hand, revealing the coin is indeed heads]
Anton Chigurh: Well done.
[the gas station proprietor nervously takes the quarter with the small pile of change he's apparently won while Chigurh starts out]
Anton Chigurh: Don't put it in your pocket, sir. Don't put it in your pocket. It's your lucky quarter.
Gas Station Proprietor: Where do you want me to put it?
Anton Chigurh: Anywhere not in your pocket. Where it'll get mixed in with the others and become just a coin. Which it is.
[Chigurh leaves and the gas station proprietor stares at him as he walks out]

RuneE said...

A picture of contrasts. As for my choices - they are for myself to make.

imac said...

Great capture. love it.

Luiz Ramos said...

"Life´s choices are like clouds..."
Beautiful quote and shots.

bobbie said...

A very unusual photo. Lovely. And I like the verse as well.

Abraham Lincoln said...

I can see why you keep the glass clean. These are very nice photos.

Carletta said...

Lovely image and not poor verse at all Troy - very nicely done!
Depending on the situation - prayer, experience, or flipping the coin all work.

Your EG Tour Guide said...

Great photo, Martha.

How I make my decisions: I think and think and think. I'm a cautious-type person. I rely a lot on intuition in the end. Some might say that's God. ;-)

Carver said...

That is a frightening but beautiful sky.

willow said...

Love that dark cloud!

Libras have a very hard time deciding on things...back and forth on the scales. I usually go with my gut feeling. My instincts are usually right.

Angie said...

A very dramatic photo.The poem isn't bad either :)

Rose said...

You captured a strange but beautiful sky in this one.

John said...

Lovely cloud formations and colors!

Old Wom Tigley said...

You two never cease to amaze me ... this really is a great posting. The poem and picture are a joy to see and read.
Thank you
Tom

Ellyn said...

Great photo. I love all the color.

Dewdrop said...

Troy, poor free verse?! Whatever! Great shot by Martha and beautiful poetry by you, despite what you say! Glad you finally got some rain! Hooray... I'm about to get my share too.

Yen said...

Nice poem and such amazing photography!

Mine is here;
Sky Watch #8

Kelly said...

Great SWF photo! Very well done!!! I think that I make by decisions 60from prayer, 20 experience,20 gut! Are your posting your averages at the end of the week?

Andy said...

Intense, great SWF!

Photo Cache said...

Love both of them.

SandyCarlson said...

Ah, yes! the dark cloud looks like a cat ready to pounce! Beautiful.

Choices? Intuition, mainly.

mirage2g said...

´Wow! Two different formation, colors on one sky frame!!! Great shot!

I enjoy skywatch and so do I enjoy your photos too! =) Thanks for sharing God's beautiful painting...

Visting from ViennaDaily, happy skywatching!

akglyd said...

I really enjoyed this picture. What an amazing event of contrasts and color.

Torsdag said...

It took quite a long time to start the comment and I still don't know what I feel in this moment.
Something beetween aaaaahhhh and ooohhh, Yes, Aladin and ghost!!!! *****

Island Rambles Blog said...

I was going to ask who wrote the wonderful verse...Troy is that yours???...and the picture is amazing also, both of you are so talented...choices are hard to make when they are cloudy......hope you have a great weekend and please come and see my big surprise for sky watch this week. cheers.

Rambling Woods said...

Kind of looks like a camel to me..

Craver Vii said...

Whoa, that looks like soot... Where's the chimney sweep?!

Gosh, I WISH I could say I make my decisions prayerfully, but too many times, I come to the realization that I'm in a pickle because I neglected to pray first... That's when I have to send an s.o.s. up, you know.

Strikingly beautiful photograph. :-)

Lilli & Nevada said...

that is an amazing photo

starnitesky said...

An interesting cloud formation, I like it.

Louise said...

What an AMAZING photo! The dark cloud just blows me away with the pretty colors behind it.

My choices are too often made just with my very sensible head. More of them need to be made with prayer. That's the problem with having a very sensible head.

Mary said...

So dramatic and beautiful!

EJ said...

scary but very nice! Nice capture of colors!

Arija said...

Martha, what an incredible catch, There may be more fish in the sea where that came from but it takes a great angler to catch them!

I ask my guardian angel to sort out nutty problems for the greatest good of all concerned when I go to sleep, usually the anwser is there on waking or soon after when you least expect it. Works every time.

Larry D said...

That is one awesome cloud! Great photo and verse.

D Herrod said...

Important decisions prayer.

The options in your questions remind me of how a former Tarrant county sheriff told the Star-Telegram that he decided promotions by flipping a coin.

HFD60 said...

Beautiful capture Martha....I like the colors..

magiceye said...

wow? gorgeous!

experience, gut feeling in that order.

Want to see how the Mumbai sky looked this morning at 0644hrs? Click here

Anu said...

Ominous cloud just like the ones we saw in Mumbai a fortnight ago.
Great capture.

Decisions - some thinking, pearls of wisdom from elders(sometimes) and finally prayer for getting the answer.
Happy Skywatch Friday!

Mumbai Skywatch

naturglede said...

Beautiful, and I love the poem. Have a nice weekend:)

Denise said...

Hmmmmmmmmmmm! Gut reaction I guess, women's intuition? Then a good think! All over a cuppa!

gaz said...

fantastic dramatic shot. love it.

in answer to your Q?...
i go with prayer & xp.

Pernille's ting og tang said...

I love dramatic clouds. And your is wonderful! Lovely colors and wonderful taken!

How I make my shots: I go every day and look up in the sky. When I see something I thik it's nice. I just photograph it and look at it when I'm home again. On sky-shots I never planning;)

'JoAnn's-D-Eyes'NL said...

Hello MARTHA and TROY,

Clouds show 'moods' too I quess? They show love, or sadness, even happyness, the red sky is warm a cool-blue sky (like in GREECE) can be 'cosy', whatever they say, its good to me..

'Choices' have to be made always tho.. I make my Photo-choice emotionally, I mean "by how I feel that moment",that can be 'technical or dreaming, even art-like, also sad or whatever mood is possible" When I look back at another moment to that photo, I can feel the 'feelings' I felt while posting THAT particular photo.


Here is my SKYWATCH:
www.joannwalraven.blogspot.com

Greetings JoAnn-D-Eyes (Holland)
Happy SWF

Aileni said...

Very fortunate and very stunning.

Dewdrop said...

Surprisingly, it has just been a drizzle, not much rain yet. The ponds are filling, but it has definitely not been worthy of all the fan-fare.

genny - entry here said...

Ah that is pretty site of the sky...

Lapa37 said...

I love the picture the cloud looks very cool love the colors

Gretchen said...

So pretty!

Dianne said...

Lovely poem!

the photo is stunning, the colors are remarkable.

I try to make my choices based on experience but emotion sometimes gets in the way.

Bob Johnson said...

Wow, excellent shot and beautiful prose, nicely done Troy, btw, it looks like the eagle nebula,lol.

Bob Johnson said...

I meant Martha for the image, very cool Martha.

Egghead said...

So beautiful. I love the poem as well.

Greyscale Territory said...

Fascinating pic! Somehow I see pink flying suacers here!

Shellmo said...

Love the moody sky!

AphotoAday said...

Wow -- that certainly is unusual...
Way to go, Martha...

storyteller said...

What a unique sky shot … and lovely poem … well matched. I’ve used all of the methods mentioned … and many others, but open-hearted prayer works best ;--)
Hugs and blessings,

Catherine said...

Beautiful sky~watch capture! Love that dark cloud! :) And beautiful verse! How I make decisions...
Thinking,prayer too with some, and gut instinct mainly~ and experience~try to learn from my mistakes..:)
Happy weekend to you!
Happy sky~watching!
Cat

kriz cpec said...

guess I like the verse as much as for the photo~~

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Willow x o

becky voyles said...

This is a wonderful post. Martha did a excellent job on the photo. It is awesome. To answer you, I pray, I talk to my husband. I email my best friends. My quote of the the day on my Longhorn SWF touches on this. Yes, I had longhorns in Alabama on mine!

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chanpheng said...

Beautiful cloud. About decisions - my most recent major decision was kinda decided for me. Well, I had to decide to go along with it...

We've been having some excitement here in Laos. My SWF offering shows scenes of floods and sandbagging over here.

nina said...

Such contrast.

Very pretty.
Nice color, too!

Nina at Nature Remains

marc aurel said...

Lots of mantras

Kahshe Cottager said...

Interesting clouds! I see a Viking reaching for gold in that sky shot! Beautiful.