New hobby…collecting clouds…yes, clouds…

Yes, you read it right.  I am into cloud collecting as of this cloudy, very cloudy morning.  Sorry about those wires.  Something to consider for next mission in my search for clouds.

In this morning’s paper in the Science Section, there is a big article about the Cloud Appreciation Society whose motto is “Look up and Wonder.”  This made me think seriously about taking upon this new interest.  Don’t need anything but a pad to jot down observations.  But you know how we humans like to take something simple and make it complicated.  I thought that I need to learn about clouds.  There are a few books about the subject matter, but I think I’ll just learn something in the Free University (Google) and go from there and do the best I can. 

We like to complain on cloudy days that we miss our sunny sun, and that cloudy days make us blue, depressed, and on and on.  Well, this society has a membership of over 25,000 people and they are in over 87 countries and counting.  They are into changing the way we look at clouds.  Count me up!

I am wondering now what type of people love collecting clouds.  Are they as imaginative as I am?  Are they a bit nerdy?  Oops! not good labelling people.  Back to cloud collecting.

From Miss Raylene's collection...

The good thing is that you don’t have to store or buy anything.  You just enjoy the sights, write it down and probably take a picture and move on to the next cloud.  This will be a wonderful thing to do when I get to visit Heaven.  Big clouds there.  Not so fast, cloud girl!

“We belive that clouds are unjustly maligned and that life would be immeasurably poorer without them.”  A quote from the article.  Right, think about it, clouds inspire art, literature, mood swings, and sun bathing, and whatever else you can add to the list.  I am always looking for things to enrich my life and learn something new. 

These two photographs and the one at the beginning of the post were taken by me last August, 2008 on a trip to the Outer Banks, NC.  Probably my subconscious was already into cloud collecting, because I have many more photos of clouds.  They are so pure, magnificent looking and just there for all of us to admire.  But there is much more to clouds than it may seem.  I am about to find out.  I’ll share my new knowledge with all of you once in a while so we can learn together.  That’s if you are interested.  I hope you are.  Just thought about collecting sand from different beaches I visit.  Nice!  Always thinking.  My neurons are always restless.  Type A++

Now, this is today’s cloudy day.  But now it doesn’t seem that bad.  Learning to appreciate clouds in all forms, shape and how much space they take.  Today, they are covering my whole little piece of sky.  But it doesn’t bother me as much as before.  A toast to learning about our beautiful skies and its clouds.

So it was today…a beautiful cloudy, very cloudy day, April 11, 2011.  If you are into details, notice what is the background of my blog.   Clouds!  I took that picture also.  Just letting you know…

Your Happy Contessa

“Happiness does not come from wanting to be somewhere else, happiness comes from finding beauty and a stimulation or interest in the everyday surroundings in which you find yourself.”  Gavin Pretor-Pinney, founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society.

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