Daily Prompt: Walking around with my head in the fluff

Cloud Books

If you have decided on something new, then do it properly. Do not beat around the bush (or clouds in this case). go to the point. Join The Cloud Appreciation Society and read all about it in two of their publications. The book on the right is a general “know your cloud” book with all the variations and names. I quickly discovered that learning latin at school would have been an advantage knowing the cumulus, nimbostratus, cirrus and all the other various descriptions. Cloud is not just cloud. If you boil water you get a cloud in the kitchen. Its composition is similar to those hanging over our heads, being 100% water drops, but the ones outside have more space to spread and develop and go forth and multiply.

Clouds 18.o07 (1)

If you want it fluffy, then take a look at this one. It was hovering over my village of Feldbrunnen on 18th July, although it is not just one cloud, but a complete tribe.

The Cloud Collectors Handbook is more for the professionals like myself (I will get there one day). On the first page you write your name showing that this book belongs to only you. It is a hardcover book full of wonderful cloud illustrations in colour and you can record your cloud sightings, if you know what you are seeing. You do not upload such books on your Kindle. This is my one exception of smelling a real book and the feel of it. A cloud deserves more than an electronic device.

And so I am now walking around with my head in the clouds and a camera. Unfortunately this can lead to slight accidents if your foot remains in the wrong place: hanging around with the clouds can be a dangerous pasttime, but also a rewarding one.

Clouds 22.09 (5)

I very much like this one, and I think it is called a cirro stratus. I am still not 100% certain of the names of these clouds, but I am getting there. I saw this one of 22nd September hovering over the Jura mountains as we were leaving the village. Am I boring you, yes I know, we cloud people do tend to get over enthusiatic when we begin to talk about our cloud collections.

Fluff used to be what my vacuum cleaner found when doing its work, but now the word has taken on another meaning. I used to take photos of the surroundings and now when Mr. Swiss drives off to the unknown I have my camera ready to follow the clouds along the road. I even now suggest that he parks on the top floor at the supermarket (there are only two floors, groud level and No. 2) because the view from the top is much better for taking cloud photos that are even hovering over the pre alps.

Clouds 21.10 (1)

Sometimes the fluff gets a little confused and does not know which was to go. The life of a cloud is rarely longer than 10 minutes, so you have to be quick and ready for your photo. Is that why Mr. Swiss gets nervous when he sees me aiming at a cloud in the sky, wondering if I will survive? At least the last photo on my camera for the day will be memorable and definitely a cloud.

Daily Prompt: Walking around with my head in the fluff

9 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Walking around with my head in the fluff

  1. Enjoy and love CLOUDS ourselves and try always to spot one with unique formation in the sky. Loved studying clouds too as I took Geography as one of my A-level subjects in school. MZ

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  2. I love clouds. They are beautiful and full of information. Ours today is saying, “Holy crap there’s snow on the way” Tonight, a little bit. I’m heading over the mountains tomorrow so I hope the promise of “gone by 9 am” holds true. My favorite clouds to see here in the San Luis Valley (in winter) are lenticular clouds. They predict snow. In spring I like it when there’s a huge cumulonimbus above with a mammatus bottom. Last year I took a cloud photo and there was Kris Kristofferson’s face. It cracked me up. “There’s God! Wow! He looks like Kris Kristofferson.” 😀

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    • I like the clouds with shapes, they have character. My first question to Mr. Swiss in the morning used to be, “how’s the weather outside” and now I ask “any clouds around?”. There is nothing more boring than a grey sky with no character. I like the mysterious wafting clouds that look like they are going somewhere but have not yet decided where. I wish I could remember more about them, but that is what happens when you are a golden oldie and forget so easily.

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  3. I remember some of this from classes in college. I recognize cumulus and I can see snow in the clouds … and rain before it falls. When I look up a lot, I tend to fall down more often. I get a bit dizzy staring at the sky. But this does seem like a lot of fun. I may need a book of my own soon 😘

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    • We had a bit of meteorology in the school, but they never taught us clouds. I have my problems with cloud photos standing with no support and falling is programmed. The scaffolding had its use as I could lean on it for support.


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