Brief-Form Post #13: Exquisite May 4, 2023 Sky and Clouds at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge!

I am pleased to offer the 13th of my new GBH Brief Form Posts (Less than three-minutes to read!) to my website. I tend to get a bit long-winded with my routine Posts. I don’t want my enthusiasm for thoroughness and detail to discourage readers. So I will publish these brief Posts regularly.

Brief-Form Post on Spectacular May 4, 2023 Sky and Clouds


I ventured south fifteen miles from my residence to the east-central arm of the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge, with no particular purpose in mind beyond inhaling Nature’s late spring/early summer elixir. I’ll publish a future Post offering a wider taste of what I experienced. For this Brief-Form Post I restrict my focus and observations to the glory of the day’s firmament. I stood along the Tennessee River’s north shore, capturing the blue sky and high clouds above the distant shore.


I recorded this 2o-second video nearby, looking south across the river:


The Refuge manages some 4,000 acres for crop production under an arrangement that calls for leaving a percentage of the crop for winter wildlife food. The contract agricultural operator was planting seed this day in the fields adjacent to the river. A perfect sky!


I proceeded to Blackwell Swamp a quarter-of-a-mile north of the river, rewarded there by the same incredible sky.


I recorded this 31-second video of the full package of images and sounds signaling the beauty, magic, wonder, awe, and inspiration of Nature within the reach of my daily Nature-ramblings!


I accept the challenge of distilling these Brief-Form Posts to a single distinct reflection, a task far more elusive than assembling a dozen pithy statements. Sometimes, I borrow a distinct reflection from the truly great minds of antiquity, for no matter how hard I try I am unable to best those whom I have followed and revered across my seven-plus decades. In this case, it is Leonardo da Vinci who captured the moment 500+ years ago:

  • Once you have tasted the essence of sky, you will forever look up. 


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