Cloud Identification

 Summer  Sky, August 18, 2020

Photo of 15 x 30 foot vegetable plotOur local park district has a community garden project.  This spring (2020) I rented a garden space: $25 for the season, a 15 x 30 foot plot of rich clay soil on an old farm. The farm, maintained as it might have been in the 1930’s or 40’s, complete with dairy cows and free ranging chickens, serves as an educational resource for the school kids growing up in town.

Without doubt, this was the best $25 I have spent in years!  The park district even provides free water; you just have to pump it yourself.  Except for the acres reserved for vegetable gardens, the crop land is still farmed, planted last year to corn and this year to soybeans.

The open skies over the farm are beyond wonder!  In this sunrise photo, a family of sand hill cranes makes their way past the water pumps into the garden area.  Photo 6:14 a.m. on August 18th, 2020.

Such a peaceful setting! Such beautiful clouds!  I was inspired to read a short article from the National Weather Service on identifying clouds for the 77th volume of the LibriVox Short Nonfiction Collection.  The Weather Service has a really nice interactive cloud chart on their website, which I highly recommend.

You an listen to my recording here.
You can read about clouds here.
A cloud chart from the National Weather Service.

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