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July 13, 2018 / philosophermouseofthehedge

Rangy sky rover

Cloudy with a chance of don’t fence me in.

Some prefer a show with unlimited viewing available, clouds included.

Sky show on the same day, close in time, but different environment as the one posted yesterday.

Wide open spaces work just as well as wide waterways.

Sunset clouds at the ranch. (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Sunset over a West Texas ranch. (© Image)

“When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world”

(John Muir)

“In wider spaces, people bearing historical grudges with each other were separated by the muting qualities of distance.”

(Tim Cope)

“It’s hard to find a place where you’re out of earshot of some kind of noise.”

(Tim Cope)

“Dogs are wise. They crawl away into a quiet corner and lick their wounds and do not rejoin the world until they are whole once more.”

(Agatha Christie)

“With an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things.”

(William Wordsworth)

Quiet still.

Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge

Large cloud at sunset over farmhouse and windmill. (© Image: all rights reserved, copyrighted, no permissions granted)

Riding into a sunset. Amazing show welcoming home. Dinner can wait.(© Image)



  1. roughwighting / Jul 13 2018 10:03 am

    Ahhh, yes, a sky full of sky or a waterway full of water – they both give us that sense of glory and freedom and “don’t fence me in.” Your photos are marvelous, along with the quotes.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2018 12:38 pm

      Big skies make a difference – in attitude and the way people see life. Beauty without demands – what a gift. Thanks for the picture perfect comment

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  2. Rachel McAlpine / Jul 13 2018 1:26 pm

    The sky plus a smartphone camera: together they are my downfall and my delight.


  3. Sarah Ferguson and Choppy / Jul 13 2018 1:30 pm

    I could use this stillness today – thank you!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2018 12:34 pm

      During these times a ritual of daybreak and sunset walks to see what’s airing is certainly refreshing. Thanks for quietly commenting

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  4. Xena and Lucy / Jul 13 2018 6:01 pm

    Good quotes. That cloud looks like a marlin fish.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2018 12:33 pm

      It does look like a fish. Last night’s looked like a giant yellow dog’s head. It was probably sending a happy bark of to you! Thanks for clouding up this space

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      • Xena and Lucy / Jul 16 2018 7:29 am

        We hope we didn’t “cast” any shadows.

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 16 2018 8:27 am

          Always fishing for fun. (Noted your cone had you costumed perfectly for Ice Cream Day! Such effort should have been rewarded with a special treat!)

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  5. sustainabilitea / Jul 13 2018 6:35 pm

    I like that second quote. Maybe we should start spreading people out!! I enjoyed the stillness in the the third quote quite often during vacation, although there are almost always birds and other sounds of nature. But to me, that’s part of the stillness.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2018 12:32 pm

      Waaaay back during university years, there were studies of rats living with plenty of room vs rats crammed into tight quarters. You can guess the results: the stressed crowded group became cannibalistic…seemed like a DUH, no brainer to me – look at large cities’ human behavior.
      One reason many thought summers in the country were good for city kids and experts/naturalists/writers believe the National Parks are critical for not only good physical condition but also and good mental health. Despite the crowds during the summers, outdoors changes people. For a long time, there was a local school district program that took inner city kids into the woods to camp out for a week. It is educational. So sad there are those who never know the experience.
      Enjoy and memorize all those high peaks and trails! Thanks for checking in


      • sustainabilitea / Jul 14 2018 4:40 pm

        I’ve memorized Wyoming for some years and I carry those memories back with me. I’m back now and yes, I wish more people could have the experience of being outdoors more. Our part of the Chicago metropolitan area has lots of parks and I love that!

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        • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2018 4:55 pm

          Even pocket parks, landscaped esplanades, and parks on old railroad routes make a huge difference. So do old oak trees – save the trees!

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  6. shoreacres / Jul 13 2018 8:55 pm

    We got a third showing tonight, in the same spot. Did you see it? I wonder if the cloud was thinking, “Third time’s a charm”?


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 14 2018 12:20 pm

      Probably – maybe offering a charm for those fearing Friday? (Did you celebrate 713 Day? Seriously, Houston…any excuse to party? HAHA. Anyway the skies have certainly been putting up the party decorations!) (Wonder just how much space do cell phones have for photos…)
      Thanks for the charming remark!


  7. ShimonZ / Jul 14 2018 2:48 pm

    Beautiful pictures and some very apt quotes.

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 25 2018 5:27 pm

      Those are from way out west of here on a family ranch. Somehow big open spaces open minds. Thanks for following these trails


  8. LordBeariOfBow / Jul 23 2018 6:26 pm

    The last picture I see a giant bird lifting off, beautiful. Agatha knew what she was talking about, and I must agr ee wholeheartedly with Mr Cope.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jul 24 2018 9:40 am

      You know that tv home show you watch? That sunset was from ranch in that area. Waves of grasses or water, big skies make a difference – really affects people, I think. Nothing like a quotable smile. Thanks for wandering by


      • LordBeariOfBow / Jul 25 2018 4:43 pm

        Fiver Upper in Waco? The Magnolia Farms? See; I’m a full bottler when it comes to TV 😈


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