What the future has in store

There seems to be a pattern in this procession of clouds over the Baltic Sea. They resemble birds moving to a better place for the coming chilly season, a mixed flock of large and small birds in a not very orderly file. Will they make it to dry land?

Of course one can detect a more complex pattern here – more than one – but of what use would it be? Perhaps to create stylized images based on this, more sophisticated and better suited for use, say, in interior design or abstract painting.

The human brain wants more: to extrapolate. To extend this formation beyond the limits of the photographs, to the right or to the left. There’s no reason, it says, to believe that the queue of clouds ends at the boundary of the picture.

Actually, there’s a good reason to believe exactly that: the photographer (the author) was interested in the region of the sky that showed some regularity, ignoring the more chaotic regions. Simple-minded humans, including the author, associate regularity with simple, often military formations.

On a less shallow note, the geometry of clouds is an immensely complex, challenging and enlightening subject.

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