Of Cloudscapes and Cats

The clouds over the Sandias this morning made beautiful cloudscapes, some with rainbow colors made by the rising sun reflecting off ice crystals in the thin clouds. Other clouds cast shadows as the sun rose above them.








Ice crystals reflecting colors in the clouds.


Moon in the western sky before sunrise.

Moon behind Mama Owl before sunrise

Mama Owl at sundown

Daddy Owl watching the birds flit around below him at sunset.

Mama Owl hopped over to another branch so I could get a shot of her from the levee after sunset.

57 thoughts on “Of Cloudscapes and Cats

  1. Clouds, kitties, moon, cranes and owls – beautiful assortment of photos, Tim I like the rainbow effect in the clouds, cloudbows, I call them. The animals, bosque, mountains and river must instill a great sense of peace. I know I feel that looking at them in your photos.

    • Hi Lavinia. There is a certain amount of peace besides the sounds of the Interstate and the trains. I like the sound of the trains, I could do without the cars and motocycles rumbling and revving up on the Interstate.

    • Thanks, Maj & Sher. I thing the cranes are just being there. I really like how they seem interested in something.

  2. Those clouds! FABULOUS! The ice crystals!
    the kitties are so darn adorable and love those owls.
    But I can’t leave without mentioning your moon captures… I love the moon and I enjoy your shots of them. Thank You!

    • Thanks, Nancy. I’m trying to get the moon every day I see it. Same with the cranes and owls. The cranes will be leaving soon and Mama owl will lay and start sitting on her eggs soon, also.

  3. An important question – which cat is your Laurie’s teaching assistant – Sasha, Spunk or Marble?

    Nice cloudscape. When the clouds appear here, no formations to make them interesting. Last night, we did have a flying saucer one.

    • Flying saucer clouds are really cool when they are Supercells. From a distance, at least.

      Spunk is her teaching assistant. The day he returned, Laurie’s students were happy and celebrating. Laurie was observed that day and the Principal included in the notes how Laurie effectively used Spunk to engage the students

  4. Wow!! Between the skyscapes that you too captured rainbows in, your cats, the owl, the herons and that moon I’m blown away. Tim! That moon doesn’t even look real! It’s as though it is suspended on a set. No matter how long I stared at it I just couldn’t believe my eyes. It looks like a ball! LOVE every single one of your cats, fyi. I laughed out loud when I saw Silver. Oh boy she did NOT like her picture taken. Incredible post!!! Awesome pictures!!! Just wow!!

    • Thanks, AmyRose. You know that I bought a 400mm lens? I posted photos of it a week or so ago. It is wonderful for moon shots and getting up close and personal from a distance with the birds. Silvers is a character. He usually hams it up for the camera, but he was miffed that I was giving Gwendolyn more camera time than him. Gwendolyn usually doesn’t pose.

      • I could tell Silver was po’ed about something. Too funny. Yes you did tell me about your 400mm lens you bought. I too have one with a 1.4x extender on it. I just cannot get over the shot of your moon. It honestly looks 3D, a globe, a ball. Very cool. Apologies for calling Silver a her. Oh my. My bad!!!

      • Silver doesn’t really mind. He does mind getting short changed on attention of any kind.

      • Yep. Our Rusty is like that. Every time my hand goes down towards the floor or I give attention to someone else, Rusty is always in the mix. LOL

      • I’m using a crop sensor body (Canon 7D Mark II) instead of an extender. It turns the 400mm lens into a 640mm lens and I still have f/4. I got a prime lens because I need a faster lens with all the low light photography I do. The extenders cut your f-stops in half.

      • NICE! You’re getting more mm then I am at 560mm. You’ve got me thinking about getting not only the 7D Mark II but the 400mm prime lens as well. I was just so impressed with your images today. Huh. Gotta think about this, Tim. I have so many dreams with my photography. You’ve given me food for thought.

      • I got the Cannon 400mm f/4 DO refractive technology lens because it only weighs 4 pounds. It is fitted in the same body as the 300mm f/2.8. I seriously looked at the 400mm f/2.8 and the 300mm f/2.8, but decided the lighter weight 400mm f/4 would be the better choice since I do almost all my photography hand held. The 400mm f.2.8 weighs 12 pounds and the 300mm f/2.8 weighs 6 pounds. As you can see the 400mm f/4 DO is razor sharp. I have no doubt I made the right choice. However, they are expensive.

  5. Love momma owl at sundown!
    Love all the shots. You sure get some spectacles over the Sandias.
    Adore the layout…spectacle…. cat… spectacle…. cat , etc.
    Works very well. As we all know cats are spectacular spectacles. Spectacles are just regular spectacles.
    Spunkie-Poo 💋 !

  6. As always Tim….all your photos are splendid.
    Your cats are photogenic and you’re a master of sceneries…..you always post beautiful skies and birdies…..lovely….🎀🎀🎀

  7. Spunk learned to model to pay off his debts for all the expensive stuff he destroyed. He’s a beautiful caat, but so destructive. If you go to my old blog at https://photos.tandlphotos.com/blog under cat blogs you can see Spunk doing photography and playing soccer. I gave up WordPress from 2015 to 2019, and posted on my Zenfolio blog. Then Zenfolio got too flaky, so I went back to WordPress in 2019, but I always posted links to my Zenfolio blog on WordPress.

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