Clare’s post brought back memories of my best friend and me lying on our backs on the lawns of parks and staring at clouds, sometimes talking, sometimes deciding what the shape of various clouds looked like to each of us. Occasionally, we’d bring and release helium-filled balloons on relatively windless days and watch them for as long as we could before they finally drifted out of sight. A wistful smile has found its way to my face at such thoughts.
Did you know there are people in the world who collect clouds? They’re called Cloudspotters, members of The Cloud Appreciation Society.
You’re probably wondering how one would go about the business of collecting a cloud. Unlike inflatable lawn ornaments, garden gnomes, tea cozies or balls of tinfoil, clouds are rather ephemeral things floating lonely just above our heads.
Gavin Pretor -Pinney, the group’s founder, developed The Cloud Collector’s Handbook to make it easy for us to spot and record the different types of clouds we see when we lift up our eyes to the sky. In his handbook, he explains the 10 main cloud types along with notable species, varieties and features. Points are allotted to spotters for adding clouds into their scorecard with extra points for such things as photographing them or collecting all species of one type of cloud or predicting rain when…
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