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Momentum is Like a Cloud on the Mountain

Cloud on Mountain is a unique study in the power of momentum. Momentum is that invisible force that propels us from one step to the next. However, momentum is a tricky beast. Like this cloud forming on the mountain, one minute it is a mere puff of wind, the next a raging thunderstorm of unequaled ferocity.

This suggests that the beauty of momentum often lays in its sheer raw power. The power to move unstopped from one step in a series of steps to another.   If a person has momentum in their job, they are often seen as being on the fast track. It’s a positive reflection of their vision and drive to carry out their goals.

Teachers often use this idea with students to build confidence. If a teacher gets a student to ace a test by working hard and studying for it, then it’s encouraged that the student will gain a form of momentum and continue to apply themselves in that capacity.

What’s a neat idea though, is the concept that the teacher need not be a person. Experience is often thought of as one of the best teachers and a suitable amount of force or momentum definitely arises from a person’s success. It is often suggested that success breeds success. This is the power found in momentum.

However, just like every other force, there is a definite Cloud on Mountaindanger involved producing  uncontrollable momentum.   If our definition of momentum holds true, that it’s a force of energy allowing us to become unstoppable in our movement from one stage to the next in what ever we apply ourselves, then it’s necessary to understand the dangers involved.

So that a person creates the desired effect, their energy or motivation needs control and maintenance.  Put simply, if you do not control your own momentum you become very much like this cloud rising on the mountain.   The unstoppable wind behind you is forcing you into unmovable mountain. Your energy is  redirected upwards and has no way to stop.  Your power builds with no release and nowhere to escape to until you become a raging thunderstorm.

The thunderstorm becomes an uncontrollable beast with howling winds, destructive rain, and raging lightning. It simply is a cloud with too much momentum. After the storm, the angry thunderhead becomes a simple cloud again. Its momentum is lost to the environment around it. That is until it strikes the next mountain.

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Bouy 5 is Not Where It’s Supposed to Be

Buoy 5 is a the result of a strange sight that greeted us during a morning walk on a storm-beaten beach. The thunderous storms and swelling waves produced an eerie calm on that beach the next morning.   It is the best moment to comb the beach for flotsam and any new shiny shells washed up in the turbulent waters.

There are all sorts of strange things to find on a beach after storms. The waves pond the shore and when there is a high tide during the downpour of wind and rain it only increases the currents and leaves all kinds of exciting treasures to find.

Naturally, our surprise was enormous when we found this navigation buoy just sitting on its side. I can only guess the power the current would need to rip one of these things from its mooring. In fact you can see the rest of the mooring structure and cable at the bottom of the buoy itself.

Honestly, the entire event reminded me of stories I heard about beaches in WWII.   The British Army had a special group of people designated to watch and comb the mud flats and beaches every morning looking for lost sea mines and other wreckage.Buoy 5

Fortunately, the navigation buoy was the most exciting thing to occur that morning. We did find a number of very nice shells, some shark teeth, about 20 dead mangled jellyfish, and even 2 dead parrotfish. But by far the capture of the morning was Buoy 5. After all does anyone really want a picture of a dead smelly parrotfish?

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Challenges Of A Stormy Morning

That Stormy Morning was a challenge.  The ever-ominous thunderstorms continued to beat our unfortunately brief excursion to the Gulf of Mexico relentlessly.  The responsible storm system of low-pressure sat about 20 miles off the coast and just refused to move.  So, as it sat over the warm waters of the Gulf spinning contentedly, it continued to send wave after wave of tropical moisture and monsoon rains our way.

 

Over 3 days it rained over 9 inches.  Every path and wildlife trail near our location flooded under the relentless deluge of water.  Even the street to the hotel flooded and the prospect of getting to go into town became dashed along with the hope of staying dry.

My major concern was what the rain would do to my equipment. I was not thrilled with the idea of losing my camera to take a picture of a wet seagull.  I soon realized that I really did not have a plan to protect the camera or lens from a massive deluge of rainwater.  Nothing quite like hindsight is there? I have already chalked that lesson up to experience.  Oh sure, a small sprinkle would not be a concern but a lasting bone soaking gutter drencher would be the end of my camera and a nice trip.

Ann, my lovely assistant, was more concerned with what the lighting was going to do than the rain.  One of the main difficulties walking on the beach during a thunderstorm is where to go when lightning strikes.  Lightning tends to strike the tallest thing in the local area of its strike and if you are walking in the surf, odds are very good that there are no trees around you.  This makes you the tallest thing.  That particular situation has all the essential ingredients for a very bad day.

By the time there was a break in the action, the determination to go walking on the beach was as strong as ever.  We could see the beach, hear the surf, and even smell the salty air, but due to the relentless thunderstorms if was not safe.

So, when a rain break occurred out we girded up bathing suits, grabbed a hat and ventured to see what the beach and storm provided us with.

It was at this time that my lovely assistant pointed out that the skies were still ominous looking and that we shouldn’t go far.  Nodding agreement, we trekked through the wet sand by a small dune and saw the sight that led to Stormy Morning.

Of course, a mere 10 minutes later we became drenched to the skin.  I had placed my camera in my ball cap and was hunching over it like Quasimodo trying to protect it from the rain.  As I mentioned earlier,  a valuable lesson learned.

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