Nearby Storms

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A Brief Cloud Tutorial

Dear Léo requested a tutorial on how I draw my clouds, so here it is! I was super nervous and rambling, so I barely spoke in English much less in French, haha. This was super fun to make though! I hope it’s useful. Next time, I’ll get a better angle and remember to actually narrate. I stuck in some ambient ocean noises so that the silence wouldn’t be so deafening. The lighting also blows, and my floor is so dirty.

That’s my lovely sweater at the end which I realize resembles a cloud itself! XD ❤

A Beautiful Chill

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An absurdly cold blast of air will be hitting the entire mid- and eastern US throughout the next week due to the storm over Alaska and its impact on the jet stream. Even we in the Gulf are going to get some freezing temperatures (and even the possibility for snow). Today, the smaller cold front ahead of the big one influenced some amazing cloud formations that I had to capture.

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Of course, the wild morning glories would pick now to start blooming. Several vines have exploded across the fence in the past few weeks.

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Carmel Lagoon & Its Treasure

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Last year, I had the pleasure (and exasperation) of driving almost all the way down California; the only places we missed were the beautiful areas north of Shasta Lake and the stuff south of Los Angeles County. The trip wasn’t a planned one. Rather, my partner and I were experiencing some transitionary parts of life and had no direction, so we wandered for about a month before ultimately deciding to leave Cali.

Carmel treasureOn our way, we hit Santa Monica, Oxnard, San Luis Obispo, Carmel-by-the-Sea, Santa Cruz, Redding, Shasta Lake and everywhere between. Carmel was one of the most beautiful seaside vacation spots I’d ever seen and a stark contrast to the hot, flat beaches of sugar sand that I’m used to. The entire Pacific Coast has weather patterns I find quite cold and dreary in comparison to the Gulf. Much of northern California makes up for that with beautiful geography, Carmel especially. Mountains already capture my heart, but mountains that dip into the ocean are magical. It is nestled on the southern end of Monterey Bay, beyond the inland Carmel Valley and between mountains that fall off into the Pacific. Too bad I discovered it right before I left, and no middle-class person could ever afford to live within 60 miles of the place.

Summer Storms

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We’ve been having scattered thunderstorms on a daily basis for the past few weeks, and it makes for some absolutely stunning cloud formations. The way they crest like an inverted mountainscape against the brilliance of the sun has always captured my attention, because only with extreme plays of light can you see their true texture.

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