This House of (Louisiana) Sky

Big clouds billow overhead on a trip across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Big clouds billow overhead on a trip across the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Driving the Lake Pontchartrain Causeway yesterday I was struck once more by the beauty of the big cloud formations forming and billowing before me: it’s maybe my favorite sensation related to the drive. Living in south Louisiana means living with lots of big trees, lots of green-green color, the sky a small part of one’s visual landscape. Drive the Causeway, or better yet, get out in a boat, and this is all transformed by the big, wide-open cloudscape that’s been there all along.

I found myself remembering Ivan Doig’s wonderful book, ‘This House of Sky,’his memoir of growing up in the hard but beautiful world of rural Montana back in the 1940s and 50s. It’s a story that’s beautifully told by someone whose world view has been shaped by the land, and the sky, around him.

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway at sunset. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Lake Pontchartrain Causeway at sunset. (Copyright 2012 / Andrew Boyd)

Cloud watching does this for me. It’s a release, both visually and mentally. The sense of majesty, of something beyond the creation and control of mere humans.

Good for the soul.

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