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Happy Skies by Baron-Engel Happy Skies by Baron-Engel
In my Equestria dreamscape pegasus ponies have over the centuries created a plethora of terms, descriptions, and phrases to describe various meteorological conditions. Some are very technical and exact in nature and refer to very specific situations, others are much more casual in nature.

Happy Skies, also sometimes called Playful Air, is one of those loose general terms. As a pegasus pony I now have a much more intimate connection with the atmosphere and even when indoors I often can sense subtle ebbs and flows of conditions that created different weather conditions.

When the temperatures are right, the winds are blowing a certain way, the humidity is just right, one gets a condition where flying is just exquisite. The sun feel glorious on your hide, there are plenty of clouds just big enough to rest or play on, the winds don't buffet you around but instead give you extra speed or provide that little bit of extra lift one needs when landing and taking off. Even the updrafts and thermals seem like gentle hands/ hoofs that wanted to lift pegasus ponies up into the sky and carry them away for a day of play and adventure in the heavens.

In fact Happy Skies result in a measurable increase of truancy, tardiness, not showing up for work, and elevated levels of overall goofing off by pegasus ponies. If you're a pegasus foal stuck in classroom looking out the window or pegasus stallion or mare stuck in an office or factory punching the clock Happy Skies days can be agonizing.

We recently had our first Happy Skies day of the year in Ponyville. It's sirens call was irresistible, and after performing my most basic chores around the cottage early in the morning I was off into the wild blue yonder. Besides I had a couple hours of Weather Work scheduled this morning, so I had better take care of it right away! Those clouds weren't going to move themselves where we needed them all by themselves! Yep, there was a job up there in the bright blue sky and this bright blue pony was not going avoid his duties. The fact that neither Petina or Carousel saw me for the rest of the day is purely coincidence. Really!

To be continued.
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Dgs-Krieger Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014
Man, I would like to slide on a cloud.

Well, maybe not. I am not too kind to heighs D:
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Yeah cloud surfing is a hoot!
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Gilhin Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2013
To quote Doctor Who, "There's no point in being grown up if you can't be childish sometimes."
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Nov 5, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
There will be at least one other post I plan to do that will deal with pegasus ponies just having fun with clouds.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Say, do you ever meet other pegasi up there when flying?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Oh yes fairly frequently. While Ponyville is relatively small it is on the one of the regular flight paths for Canterlot. So along with local pegasus ponies I also encounter fliers coming and leaving the Royal City. I have even seen one of the Height Climber pegasus ponies pass several thousand feet overhead once while I flying at about 6,000 ft. You don't see them much since they generally operate out of Cloudsdale or even higher altitudes.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
Height Climber? What's that?
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
Height Climbers are a rare form of pegasus that are born with exceptionally large wings and the magic to fly at heights much higher than most pegasus can. In my headcanon most pegasus have really problems operating above 17,000ft. Height Climbers can operate up to heights as high as 40,000+ and there have been experiments by the Weather Service of lofting them in balloons and with the help of latest Equestrian technology and unicorn magic flying to heights as great as 60,000ft.

Needless almost all Height Climbers are guaranteed work by the Crown when they are born. There special abilities are rare enough that there are never enough of them for the very specialized work that the Weather Service needs them for. They are astronauts of Ponydom.

In case you are wondering, yes Height Climbers started appearing in my Equestria dreamscape after I read this fanfiction www.fimfiction.net/story/3782/… . They just don't fly as high or as fast as they do in the fanfiction.
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Thanos-san Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Hobbyist Writer
I haven't read that fic, actually... Thanks for hte explanation though :P
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Baron-Engel Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2013  Professional Traditional Artist
No problem I actually got to meet a Height Climber in posting several months ago. I'll post it when it comes up in the dream arc.
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