The Cloudspotter's Guide

The Cloudspotter's Guide

Book - 2006
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'The clouds are nature's poetry, and the most egalitarian of her displays, since everyone has an equally fantastic view of them. Clouds are for dreamers, and their contemplation benefits the soul. Yet their beauty is so everyday as to be in danger of being overlooked ...'

Gavin Pretor Pinney is the chairman and founder member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. He contends that we are blessed in this country with a uniquely rich and varied cloudscape, which has hitherto been sadly undervalued. His book teaches us to appreciate their different varieties - the cumulus, nimbostratus and Morning Glory to name only a few - and all their beauties and significances, both meteorological and cultural. We learn how Hindus believed the cumulus clouds were the spiritual cousins of elephants, how thermal air currents act on fair weather cumuli, and how to save a fortune in psychiatric bills by using the clouds as Rorschach images that reflect our state of mind as well as nature's moods.

Looking up will never be the same again.

Publisher: London : c2006
ISBN: 9780340895894
Branch Call Number: ANF 551.576 PRET
Characteristics: 320 p., [8] p.of plates : ill., (some col) ; 21 cm


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Mar 04, 2018

A gentle and illuminating look at all things “clouds.” Clouds are poetry, poetry in motion. Clouds and the sky they live in represent half the world we see. They are the decorations of the daylight heavens.The book includes scientific information (but not and overwhelming amount) about how the types of clouds form. Recommended for an afternoon of study, for clouds make the natural world more appealing.

Sep 27, 2017

Fantastic book - a rare combination of whimsy, amusing and amazing anecdotes, and stone cold science. Loved it.

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