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Jim- good clouds are nice, but so is a deep blue sky.
IMO- People who require clouds are in the same category as those who don't seek photographs except during the "golden hours." Fine for them, but don't imply it's a universal law .
This is a gorgeous image!
Hey- here's a slightly out-of-the-box idea. Stick a lightweight 6-foot step ladder in your vehicle. Whenever shooting fairly near your car, use it for an entirely different perspective (imagine it for this shot).
Ansel Adams built a platform for the top of his Suburban, and shot from up there quite often.
Actually, packing a lightweight ladder and a single camera is no heavier than carrying a sturdy tripod and a bag full of equipment that you MAY want to use .