Thursday, August 22, 2013

Nuages for Debussy

Well, since today is Debussy's 151st birthday, and since I forgot to post these weeks ago when I took them, I offer you clouds as a tribute to a great composer! One of the pieces I had to study in music school was Debussy's nocture Nuages.  I remember sitting up in the U. of T. Music Faculty library, listening to the piece over and over with giant headphones on my head. This was in the early 80s, before iPods and downloadable tunes. In my memory, I envision a reel-to-reel tape player, but surely it must have been a cassette tape.

Anyway, here are some nuages  from a storm that headed in at sunset a few weeks back. A pilot told me the first photos show a wall cloud, which apparently can spawn a tornado. It does look pretty ominous. We do get tornadoes around here but they usually aren't very big and don't do a lot of damage.













Here's to Debussy! I am a sucker for the romantics and impressionists. As I recall, we considered him an impressionist when I was in music school, but not everyone agrees with that. Regardless,  he wrote some beautiful pieces. I am still trying to master Claire de lune on the piano. It would help if I practiced more!



30 comments:

  1. I especially like the photos of the two chairs overlooking the scenery. Great shots!

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  2. Stunning light work, Knatolie!

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    1. Nature is pretty amazing!

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  3. Debussy would have loved your Nuages! And I'm sure he's happy some of us are trying to master Clair de Lune, You still have a chance, Natalie. I've given up in my old age!

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  4. Gorgeous photos and I love cloud photos (and I can see a bit of spin in those clouds). Saw clouds like that a lot when I lived in western Kansas. Did you see the Google Doodle today? It's a tribute to Debussey and it plays Clare de lune to an animation.

    janet

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  5. Breathtaking photos!!! Here I sit all ready with my headphones on... assuming you had of course included the music. So, now I'm off to youtube!

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    1. Hmm, I should have done that! WOuld have been a smart idea. :)

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  6. Cool! We're waiting for a big storm to sweep through here - it was suppose to come yesterday - but nope! We need the rain!

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    1. It has been very dry lately!

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  7. The photos do him justice.
    Janex

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    1. I hope he would be pleased! Definitely a better tribute than my piano playing!!

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  8. Awesome cloud photos. You managed to get a good variety. I like the way the light plays off these clouds and shows us ever changing skies.

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  9. You have a keen eye. I am off to listen to some Debussy too now too, after all that. You live in a special part of our world.

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    1. Thanks Karyn. I love it around here. Hidden gem in Ontario!

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    1. Thank you Andrew! The light was beautiful and dramatic that evening.

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  11. The ones with the garden chairs in them are just terrific. Especially the first one. I love cloud photos.

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    1. Thanks Robin. I love big dramatic clouds like this!

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  12. Impressive images. I looooove the one with the chairs.

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  13. Beautiful photos!

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  14. Wow! they are all fantastic!!

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  15. Wow, Knat, there are some fabulous shots there.

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    1. I just love taking photos at that time of day!

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  16. Very impressive clouds and impressive photos on them too :)

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Thank you for all your comments, which I love to read!