Clash of clouds...
Whilst taking my post-lunch nap, for close to an hour yesterday afternoon, enjoying the sensual warmth and bronzing effect of the late summer sun on my lightly oiled skin... I awoke with the slight but noticeable change in temperature as the scene high above me changed dramatically.
Cumulus mediocris are low to middle level clouds which do not generally produce precipitation of more than very light intensity. Here I snapped them high above me as they started to block out the sky which was previously veiled by Cirrus vertebratus, those white feathery clouds of ice crystals which took the searing glare off the burning sun under which I was lying naked... soaking up the vitamin D.
Perhaps it was just as well... I could recline all day in the garden at this time of year when the weather is ‘Cinderella-like’... not too hot and not too cold. We do need rain though... it’s not like California here in France, but the ground is hard and the flowers wilting from lack of moisture from overhead. I expected these dark clouds to provide that relief... but they passed just as quickly as they had arrived.