Clouds rule, for they have more power! They can move the sun out of the way. They cause shady areas. They can make so much rain that little streams change into big rivers. They dull or brighten colors and textures:)


When clouds rule they are boss. They decide which places are shaded, and where the light of the sun comes.
This tree is certainly On top, while I am Over the hill (don’t tell anyone!)
(R – the Good, ABC Wed.- O,  Sky Watch)





Sometimes the sun hides subtly where the grape plants
of the vineyard are  growing
(R –  Random)





A lovely courtyard with these Doors and Arch
a dappled light in the older part of Sacramento
(One Word Sunday Photo, Tue. Treasure, Thurs Doors)





Giethoorn, the North Venice in the Netherlands
You see the “alley” between two houses. And every house has a bridge to the”main” road. It boggles my mind!
(Travel Tue, Makro Tex (Green), Weekend Reflection )





Minimizing or muting the brilliance of the colors of the Hibiscus – photo taken by hubby (Tue Texture. Floral Bliss, Floral Fri Foto, Bloom Fri)

For the ones who have their profile set on Google+  – sorry I am not able to comment!



Fri Hunt: Begin with P: Pleasant
Week’s Favorite: Vineyard

For Fri Hunt: Best Foot Forward
My son likes splurging on funky shoes and racing bikes …not to forget, travel. For the rest he’s a minimalist.





Clouds also know when to stay away! Taken from the car, which shows how flimsy some of the fences are here.
If the horses only knew how close freedom was!
(Nature Notes, Fences, Sat. Critters)




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56 Comments Add yours

  1. Debbie Smyth says:

    Thanks for that arched doorway – very nice!
    And I love your first shot – gorgeous light and a shapely tree.

    1. jesh stg says:

      Thank you Debbie – hat first shot was the inspiration for the theme of the post (and to satisfy my addiction to trees:) )

  2. Great thoughts on the Clouds! The door and archway are lovely, as are the horses.

  3. Tamar says:

    What a gorgeous door – I love the brick work around it.

  4. Martha says:

    I love the oak tree, standing alone on the hill. The perfect image of a California’s hillside. As for clouds, they certainly do rule in Northern California this year.

  5. artmusedog says:

    All very creative photos ~ love the water reflections and the horses ~ thanks,

    Wishing you a peaceful week ~ ^_^

  6. Lovely series, Happy Spring

  7. LizSB says:

    I love huge shady trees and big fluffy clouds!

  8. Sallie says:

    Beautiful collection …I’m a cloud gazer as well!

  9. Roger Green says:

    Assuredly ON top OF the world!


    1. jesh stg says:

      But, but, but … I am Over the Hill:):)

  10. photowannabe says:

    Lovely scenery in the first shot.
    Yes, indeed…I am definitely “Over the Hill”!

  11. Marie-OR says:

    Such a beautiful post! I loved the thoughts on the trees.

  12. Ruth says:

    You have the ability to come up with all these great photos. Love your opening about the clouds. Have to say everything feels better (and more beautiful) when clouds are around. #OurWorldTuesday

  13. Rose says:

    Oh my….that first shot is just so awesome…and I love that door. And the ‘alley’ between the houses….

  14. Melody62 says:

    Lovely photo’s Jesh… and indeed clouds are so powerful, thankfully we have lots of them, every day ;-0

    Have a nice ABC-day / -week
    ♫ M e l ☺ d y ♫ (abc-w-team)

  15. …that lone tree on the hill is gorgeous!

  16. Karen Frost says:

    Lovely and interesting photos! I really love the houses by the canal and the tree on the hill. I am very familiar with clouds here near Seattle! x Karen

  17. riitta k says:

    Pretty photos. I love the casual pose of your son’s foot – nice shoe also 🙂

  18. Giethoorn looks so interesting and beautiful. That hibiscus is lovely, too, fabulous colour.

    1. jesh stg says:

      Thank you Jean! Hubs has the eye for tiny detail (the little speck of sun in the Hibiscus) I don’t have. The same with his carpentry. Don’t know how this town Giethoorn eventually “grew” this way, but it is beautiful and interesting, but also overrun with tourists.

  19. I’d like to complement you on thoughts about clouds and how they rule. My favorite photo was the doorway. The week-end is near, have a good one.

  20. The solitary tree with the clouds is calling to me, Jesh. I’d love to see what’s on the other side of the hill. The door is attractive and I love the “North Venice.” In Colmar, France, they have “Little Venice.” I wonder how many others there are 🙂


    1. jesh stg says:

      I love the hills! The first two years we lived here, I kept the camera clicking since I knew that after a while every tree and hill would look the same to me. There’s at least a third little Venice in Europe, but can’t remember where.
      Great you could visit Yosemite with your daughter!

  21. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely door indeed. I also like the first two shots with the clouds. Nicely done 🙂

  22. J Walters says:

    The arched doorway at first seems kind of overdone by the architect, and then you realize it all fits together perfectly and works beautifully. Great door.

    1. jesh stg says:

      Many buildings and residences in California have a Spanish/Mexican building influence:)

  23. Eileen says:

    Hello, love the pretty sky and clouds. The tree is beautiful too. I love the pretty hibiscus!
    Happy Thursday, enjoy your weekend ahead!

  24. I love looking up in the sky and seeing the beautiful clouds and what a difference they make in our photos. Love those you’ve shared. And your son sounds a lot like one of my boys!

  25. Peter B says:

    Clouds really do rule the sky. I had never thought about it that way before! Beautiful opening shot with the lone oak tree.

  26. dennyho says:

    Love the water alleyways! What a lovely place to live.

  27. Michelle says:

    I never thought about it that way before, but clouds do rule! Thanks for linking up today and have a great weekend.

  28. Happy skywatch and happy friday

  29. I love that first image of the tree! I enjoy watching clouds and how they change a scene.

  30. Firasz says:

    You got a beautiful collection here. My fav is the 1st one cloudy shot with the great tree on a green hill 🙂

  31. You cover a lot of ground in your posts (no pun – clouds – intended) but photographers are always in search of clouds! Looks like the door and “arches” are the pov of the week and you found a great one 🙂 On one of European trips we stopped in Amsterdam for a few days before heading home and we took a day tour to Markham and saw some lovely homes bounded by canals.

    1. jesh stg says:

      Thank you Gordon! There are still places I haven’t seen in Holland and Marken is one of them (because I lived in the South and East, except for study in the Hague and Amsterdam), Am discovering you traveled quite a bit!

  32. narami says:

    Particularly loving this collection jesh, the first 3 images are powerful. Thanks for sharing in Tuesdays of Texture! Have a great weekend!

    1. jesh stg says:

      Thank you Narami. Sometimes the daily things we see are most powerful. Hope your weekend is lovely:)

  33. Eileen says:

    Hello, stopping back to say thank you for linking up your post. The horses are pretty. Have a happy weekend!

  34. pattisj says:

    The tree, which we would consider a large tree, is dwarfed by those clouds. Lots of fun pics!

  35. scotiaspinner says:

    Your son’s shoes are very interesting, and they look extremely comfortable. I would like to try those! The North Venice shot from the Netherlands is fascinating. I guess they do not have basements in this area, otherwise they would always be flooded. Thank you for asking about the patio – Marc was able to put the screens back into position so the damage caused by the heavy snow bending the frame is now fixed. However, the torn screens still need to be replaced. We will do that when the weather is a little warmer. There is still snow in the backyard, but not as much.

  36. Ruth says:

    Hello Jesh, visiting once again! Thanks for joining #TPThursday this week. Have a fantastic week.

  37. budget jan says:

    Love the Best Foot Forward photograph!

    1. jesh stg says:

      Thank you, Jan, more have commented on this pic, which was an afterthought to post it here:)

  38. Anni says:

    Giethoorn is a place on my “Bucket List”. I planned to go there this summer, but I will have to wait for a year and pass on my way to France. Or maybe all plans change again …

    Your hibiscus looks like one of mine. They are longing to get outdoors but will have to wait for a month as it’s snowing in Stockholm again today. Hopefully we’ll get something like spring temperatures next week.

  39. Anni says:

    Oh yes, we travel by car from Stockholm and out in Europe almost every summer and has so done for more than 20 years! The boring part of the trip is through all Swedish forests, but the rest is a enjoying part of the holiday. I love planning a trip, finding odd hotels and quirky villages, searching for things to see on our way. Giethoorn and the German village Worpswede are to places I would like to visit on a trip to France.
    Nowadays I often book flights for my children so that they don’t have to be in the car (and no need for hotels) and my husband and I pick them up somewhere closer to our final destination. Last summer my youngest son, my daughter and her boyfriend flew to and from Münich when we had a week’s walking holiday in the Italian Alps. We had all their luggage in our car.

  40. Teresa says:

    That first image of the tree is just beautiful! Love the bricks around the door. The horses are pretty. Thanks so much for joining Friday’s Hunt.

    1. jesh stg says:

      The image with that lone tree on the hill, I would have to drive 3 hours if I still would have lived in Los Angeles! Now it was on my way to the store:)
      Are you holding up, teaching, farming, and blogging? I don’t know how you do it!

  41. julieallyn says:

    Funky shoes — yes!!!

    That first photo is AMAZING. Love it!

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