June 17, 2011
How could I not have known know about / The Cloud Appreciation Society /?
I, who so love clouds… who regularly pause to admire their intrinsic beauty, their infinite variety, their sweeping majesty or ephemeral mystery.
Mackerel speckled, fish bone stripes, rolling waves, cotton piles, anvil heads, layered wonders… I can wax entirely and (probably) tiresomely prolix on the subject of clouds.
And yet, I never knew about this society.
It is in the UK, which partially explains it.
I once requested our library purchase a charming little book on clouds. How to identify the myriad varieties coupled with history, folk-lore. I thought it delightful, and was so pleased when the librarians agreed. (I assume they agreed, since they ordered it)
Clouds… water vapor, dust, particulate matter, pollution (alas) but, as with any scientific labeling, the knowledge of their form and function only makes them a greater delight.
I am a proud, and soon to be card-carrying member of the Society. How long for mail from the UK?
Many thanks to / Krulwich Wonders / for the link.