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Mackeral Sky

Cloud formation resembles the markings on a small member of the Tuna family--the mackeral

Greg (one of our tribe of five) is a commercial fisherman.  This time of year he puts out of Barnegat Light NJ on a scallop boat.  Greg took a week off to visit us here in Tucson the middle of last month, and we enjoyed ourselves hiking and hanging out.  Sunday morning, on our way to church, I noticed this cloud formation, and pulled off the road to photograph it for the Active Rain group CLOUDS AT ACTIVERAIN (clouds attached).  I passed the digital camera over to Greg.  "Mackeral sky," he said.

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Comment balloon 28 commentsMike Jones • March 06 2009 10:32PM


Hi Mike - Absolutely breathtaking.  From now on when I see a sky like that I'll think of "your Greg" and his "Mackeral Sky".

Have a great weekend!


Posted by Marlene Bridges, Laguna Homes|Laguna Condos|Laguna Real Estate (Village Real Estate Services, Inc.) over 11 years ago

Mike - It does look like a mackeral sky, thanks for sharing! And thanks for mentioning the group!

Posted by Robert Vegas Bob Swetz over 11 years ago


Maybe it's the camera?

Greg's clouds make me feel good, too!

Glad you got to spend some time together.


Posted by William J. Archambault, Jr. (The Real Estate Investment Institute ) over 11 years ago

I've never seen clouds quite like that.  You always noticed the coolest things!

Posted by Rita Bradley, Valuation Consultant in Orange County California 949-916-3263 over 11 years ago

Ah Mackerel.  Best enjoyed sliced thinly, wrapped around a blog of sticky rice with a dab of wasabi. 

Posted by Lenn Harley, Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland (Lenn Harley, Homefinders.com, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate) over 11 years ago

I bet fisherman can tell a lot from the cloud formations and the sky.

Posted by Terry & Bonnie Westbrook, Westbrook Realty - Grand Rapids Forest Hills MI Re (Westbrook Realty Broker-Owner) over 11 years ago


I guess.  Thanks for stopping by; it's good to see you.


Or pan fried in butter.  :)


I just keep my eyes open and wonder, like a little kid.  :)


Thanks!  We had a good time.


I appreciate this group!  You're welcome.


Associations are unpredictable, aren't they?  Thanks for being the first to comment.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago


I never knew this type of cloud formation had a name.  Thanks for the information

Posted by Don Rogers, Realtor, Broker, CDPE, GRI, OnullFallon MO & St Charles County MO homes (Keller Williams Realty Chesterfield) over 11 years ago

Mike, I'll try to get you a "Tarpon Sky" from Miami ;-)

Posted by Janie Coffey, Uniting Extraordinary Homes w/ Extraordinary Lives (First Coast Sotheby’s International Realty) over 11 years ago

ToulaRosebrock.com - DianeTurton.netHi Mike:

Neat photo!

Nice to hear that one of your old NJ friends flew in to see you.

Enjoy your weekend.

Posted by Toula Rosebrock, Broker/Sales Associate, Realtor, Lacey Township, (Diane Turton, Realtors, Forked River, NJ) over 11 years ago

Mackerall sky?  Hmm, never heard that before but I like it.

Posted by Cynthia Tilghman, Realtor® Onslow County NC Home Specialist (Kingsbridge Realty, Inc) over 11 years ago

Wow, wishing my dear mom would have heard of Lenn's mackerel recipe or pan frying it in butter. My dad, now a retired banker, fished on week-ends for stress relief but we kids had to eat his hobby. I enjoy mackerel clouds more than memories of eating it.

  • Grandkids also find the most amazing clouds... hippos, boats, ice cream. Marvelous things live up there. kate
Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago

That makes me think how I used to eat mackerall a lot and I never do any more. No really I love the picture of the sky.  Good description.

Posted by Pat Laracy Baker, Pat Baker Dream Home Maker (Realty Executives Boston West) over 11 years ago

Blue sky with a hint of clouds always makes for a pleasant feeling!

Posted by Goodbye Active Rain, Out of Real Estate over 11 years ago

Alright!  Now I'm wondering what catfish clouds or crappie clouds look like.  Great picture.


Posted by 1~Judi Barrett, BS Ed, Integrity Real Estate Services -IDABEL OK (Integrity Real Estate Services 118 SE AVE N, Idabel, OK 74745) over 11 years ago

With Spring fast approaching I am looking forward to more skies that look like this:)

Posted by Bill Gassett, Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate (RE/MAX Executive Realty) over 11 years ago

Yum, pan fried in butter!  That's the way to go.  Another beautiful photo.

Posted by Donna Yates, Blue Ridge Mountains (BHGRE - Metro Brokers) over 11 years ago


It does look like a mackeral sky. It also looks like a plowed field. Nice shot, either way. :)


Posted by Steve Hoffacker, Certified Aging In Place Specialist-Instructor (Steve Hoffacker LLC) over 11 years ago


Yeah, but Greg's a commercial fisherman, not a farmer.  LOL


Don't you love clouds?!


Our neighbor up the street is from Massachusetts.  We have a place for you out here in case you want spring earlier than you're used to back home.


Catfish or Crappie clouds...  hmmm...  LOL


Yes it does!  Thanks for commenting.


I don't know that I've ever eaten it.  Caught a few on the Miss Barnegat Light, though.


You're not old enough to have grandkids...  :)


It's good to see you; thanks for commenting.


My Darlin' and I have a tribe of five between us.  Greg's the only one who's still single...


I'll look forward to that!


Me, neither!  But it fits.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago

Especially unusual clouds for Tucson, eh Mike?  Very nice!

Posted by Randy Hooker, Gilbert, Chandler, Mesa, Queen Creek (Dreamcatcher Realty / Greater Phoenix Area) over 11 years ago

Mike--Great clouds.  I love the endless forms and formations.  Aaahh, the days of being a kid and seeing everything imaginable in the sky! 

Posted by Tamara Perlman (Referral Network Inc.) over 11 years ago
  • Oh but I am old enough Mike. The secret is spending a lifetime in the real estate and mortgage industry. And Ponce De Leon only missed it by that much. :) kate
Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago

I've seen clouds like this, but I've never known it to be called a "Mackerel Sky".  Learn something new every day...

Posted by Jim & Maria Hart, Charleston, SC Real Estate (Brand Name Real Estate) over 11 years ago

Jim & Maria,

The pattern looks like the pattern on the side of a mackeral.  Wiki probably has a photo of a mackeral; I'll have to look.


Ponce de Leon's ship went down off the coast with all the gold coins he was going to use to set up a mortgage company in Florida, I'm thinking.  That's when he started that MLM Fountain of Youth thing.  LOL


Your comment makes me want to go looking for more cloud photos!


Very unusual!  Thanks for commenting.

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago
  • MLM was Ponce's second worst idea I've ever seen -- Maxwell Smart  kate in lv... via her shoe phone
Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago


How did you get one of those show phones?  I want one!  :)

Mike in Tucson

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 11 years ago
  • Sorry, the Shoe Phone was a limited edition. But I will share my Bat Phone. a very serious kate in lv
Posted by Kate Kate over 11 years ago

Howdy there Mike

That sure is a feal fine looken Mackerel sky, cloud formation.

Sure did enjoy looken at it.

God Bless America

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) over 11 years ago

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