Julie, I'm trying to see what you're wanting others to comment on about how a sky acts as a symbol. I did my best with my one comment. Your reply didn't tell me anything about what you thought of it. You don't seem to be very engaged in your own thread going by your short answers. And the quotes you posted in your OP that were not your own seemed to me to come off as just eloquent, sing song writing to point out the obvious on how people interpret the meaning of sky throughout the ages. I didn't see how those quotes about the sky as symbol could be conveyed in a photograph. A weather gauge was the only way I could see the sky as a symbol as I pointed out in my previous post. And the word "backdrop" doesn't necessarily mean the sky is acting as a symbol either, only something to contrast against from the foreground. How's that a symbol?