Reub's journey

18 July 2013

Where clouds come from


Today's science lesson is on the origin of clouds.

 
Clouds are generated by two entities.




First, there must be ladybugs.





Second, there must be Queen Anne's Lace.



Ladybugs carefully maintain the Queen Anne's Lace throughout its life cycle.



This is a lot of work for the ladybugs, who travel from top to bottom of every plant, fine-tuning the system.




Only a ladybug can determine the exact moment of cloud-readiness.





And when that moment comes, the Queen Anne's Lace begins to produce clouds.





The clouds are released into the sky.




And that is how clouds are made.


Thank you to Hilary, from The Smitten Image, who has bestowed an honor on this post.


34 comments:

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    1. It's what happens when an art teacher wants to teach science.

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    1. Me neither! I only discovered this on a walk with the dogs this morning!

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    1. Thank you Laoch. Normally I would ditch some of these, but they provided such great documentation that they had to stay.

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  4. Exceedingly lovely. The lady on those perfectly plump blueberries was particularly regal.

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    1. Her red-orange to the berries' blue-violet: she was definitely mugging for the camera.

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  5. What fun. I thoroughly enjoyed this and it is so much easier to understand than those science book explanations. ;)

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    1. Why thank you Rebecca; I'm thinking of writing a textbook. :o)

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  6. Absolutely beautiful. And I like your hypothesis: makes perfect sense to me! :)

    -Stephanie

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    1. Stephanie: Thanks! It makes about as much sense as all of that stuff about water vapor & barometric pressure, right? :)

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  7. a reasonable and perfectly illustrated argument as to why arts and sciences should remain entangled in the curriculum

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    1. Absolutely. There is so much beauty in science, so much thought in art and so much to wonder at in each.

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  8. What a sweet, fun and perfectly creative post.

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  9. thanks ... i needed that lesson ... and those lady bugs sure work hard ... a woman's work is never done, lots of clouds to be released

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    1. Indeed, a woman's work is never done!

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  10. I knew that Ladybugs were somehow essential,now I know at least one reason why! Thank you!

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    1. I'm pretty sure they do lots of other stuff too. It needs further investigation.

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  11. Engaging & maddening too...because I know the truth, but....

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  12. had to come back and say congrats on your POTW!

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  13. What a delightful post!!
    Hugs....and congratulations on POTW!!

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    1. Thank you Jackie. You too: congrats.

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  14. Love it! And congrats on the POTW!

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    1. Thanks Barbara. I think I first visited you b/c of a POTW on your blog!

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    1. Your photos of clouds are the best, Fiona!

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