“The sky and the sun are always there. It’s the clouds that come and go.” – Rachel Joyce
Dictionary.com defines “cloud nine” as “a state of perfect happiness (usually in the phrase on cloud nine)”. A day of motorcycling with sunny skies, warm weather, and scenic twisty back roads always makes me happy, regardless of the purpose or the destination.
For the 2022 Regional Touring/Photo Contest, WOW members in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, and Oklahoma could ride to, and take photographs of, any water tower, tank, or standpipe in the region with a city name on it.
For most years, “touring” is the focus of the Contest for me. How many miles can I ride today? How many water towers, barn quilts, state parks, historic sites, etc., can I find today or this year?
As a motorcyclist, I pay a lot of attention to the weather. I’m always hoping for those sunny, warm days. I know what cloudless days, fluffy clouds, whispy clouds, rain clouds, storm clouds, and snow clouds look like and the impact they can have while on the road. Photographing them, however, has never been my focus.
Taking photographs of tall vertical objects with different architectural styles means looking at clouds or noticing the lack of them. It seems that somewhere along the way, the “Photo” portion of the Contest also came into focus this year.