Attention All Cloudspotters
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Azhy Hasan, Member No 1,687, has just organised an exhibition of cloud photographs by members of The Cloud Appreciation Society in his home city of Erbil in the Kurdistan region of Iraq. The show, called ‘A Carnival in the Sky’, took place over a weekend in the prestigious and dramatic setting of the Shanedar Gallery within one of the city’s parks. It was a great success with many hundreds of visitors passing though during the three days.The visitors spanned all ages, from school children to religious elders, and came from a range of locations within Kurdistan and Iraq, as well as from Egypt, Iran, USA and China. One visitor from the Iranian region of Sardasht beckoned Azhy over when he noticed that his own name appeared in the caption to a photograph of high, wispy clouds over Erbil City. The man’s parents had named him Cyrus, after the great king of Ancient Persia. The name is pronounced “See-roos” in Persian – and so sounds like the Latin cloud name Cirrus, which means a lock of hair, that is used to describe this cloud type. “Today,” exclaimed Cyrus, “I was amazed to learn, for the first time in my life, that my name is the same as that of this most beautiful of clouds.”
Supported by the Kurdistan Ministry of Culture and Youth and the Media Directorate of Erbil, the exhibition included photographs taken by a number of Society members, who all kindly agreed for their wonderful images to be shown. The photographers, in addition to Azhy himself, were Peter Andermann, Lauren Antanaitis, Cristina Diaz, Ron Engels, Jörg Gundlach, Vicki Harrison, A.J. Hidding, Phil Holmes, Andrew Kirk, Ian Loxley, Paul Martini, Kamila Mazurkiewicz, Ally McGurk, Derek Mundil, Doug Short, Norman Shulman and Basil Stathoulis.
“As I gazed into the colours and shapes in these photographs,” commented a local poet, Mr Muhsen Awara, “I realised that you have given clouds a voice. Of course, I have always seen clouds from the ground or in a plane, but this is the first time I’ve seen such amazing shapes and formations. These clouds express themselves like a poem, and they have filled me with imagination and spiritual feelings.”
Mr Azad Hamadamin, President of the Kurdistan Journalists Syndicate, revealed how the exhibition made him consider the sky in a way that he never had before. “For the first time in my life,” he said, “I feel that clouds are a wonderful and almost living part of nature. Well done for this wonderful gift to our people and very best wishes to all who participated in this unique exhibition.”
Azhy Hasan was very grateful to all the photographers who agreed for their images to be in the exhibition. “Believe me, you made a new history in this country,” he said. “So many people here have been introduced to CAS, and many of them only now realise for the first time that clouds actually have names, rather than just being fuzzy shapes that drift across the sky.” The Society is pleased and proud to have been able to help Azhy’s great work to bring the beauty of clouds to the attention of the people of Erbil City.
Cloud Appreciation Society member, Ulrike Wilkens, has drawn our attention to this news article on the Spiegel Online website. The Sicilian volcano Mount Etna spews ‘smoke rings’ into the air which can be up to 200 meters in diameter. You can see the images here.
The San Francisco Bay Area is famous for its foggy conditions. So when Japanese artist, Fujiko Nakaya, was asked earlier this year to design a bridge for the city’s Exploratorium science centre she decided to make a Fog Bridge. Along the sides of the bridge was a series of 800 nozzles spraying a fine mist of water droplets into the air, which shrouded the walkway in a swirling blanket of cloud.
We at The Cloud Appreciation Society have long been fans of Fujiko Nakaya. She has, after all, made fog and cloud installations her lifetime’s work. Her passion for foggy art began back in 1970 when she engulfed in cloud the Pepsi Pavilion of the Osaka Expo. Recently, she created a Fog Square in Paris, while her 2011 Cloud Parking was installed in a rooftop car park in Litz, Austria. Nakaya uses a cloud-generating system that she devised with her long-time collaborator, the California-based cloud physicist Thomas Mee. High powered pumps capable force water through copper pipes dotted with nozzles. The nozzles have openings as small as 160 microns, or six-thousandths of an inch, in diameter and are fitted with microscopically sized pins that atomize the water into billions of ultra-fine fog droplets. Each of these measures between fifteen and twenty microns in diameter.
Fujiko Nakaya’s fog installation at the Toyota Municiple Museum of art in Toyota, Aichi:
Her Fog Bridge in San Francisco:
Her Fog Square in Paris:
It’s a waterspout, and it explains why clouds sometimes rain fish…
See the Cloud of The Month for November.
Daniel Portolan works for Skye, AOL’s weather site and wanted to share their cool new infographic which offers a scrolling to guide to 11 extraordinary clouds and where they appear in the sky. The infographic also includes frames of reference for the viewer including Felix Baumgartner’s 2012 jump, the altitude of a standard jumbo jet, and a skydiver’s descent.
Visit the infographic here: The SKYE Guide to Extraordinary Clouds
We were recently contacted by Dr Caroline Murray of the Cambridge Library Collection who thought that some of our members might be interested to know that they have reissued some of Luke Howard’s works on clouds: Seven Lectures on Meteorology, Essay on the Modifications of Clouds and The Climate of London
You can now buy the 2014 Cloud Calendar on our shop…
As always, we are very grateful to those members who so kindly agreed for their cloud photographs to be included:
Ron Engels (Member 32978) – Cumulonimbus and towering Cumulus clouds
Carlo Borlenghi (Member 33141) – Roll cloud
Will Lewis (Member 33149) – Kelvin-Helmholtz wave cloud
James A C Yalden (Member 19232) – Fallstreak hole
Corinne McWilliams (Member 9704) – Cap cloud
Don Taylor (Member 9407) – Virga
Dennis Oswald (Member 29958) – Supercell storm
Jyah Strachan (Member 27214) – Cirrus
Scott Frazier (Member 34016) – Cloud iridescence
Jeff Watson (Member 32903) – Waterspout
Patricia Sabine (Member 32190) – Altocumulus lenticularis
Rev Pam Crane (Member 16407) – Asperatus
Andrea M. Allan (Member 13990) – Sun dogs
Today, 2nd October 2013, the Cloud Appreciation Society photo gallery has reached a milestone with the 10,000th image being put up. The image, which we have selected as Cloud of the Month for October, was photographed by Anton du Preeze and shows a mamma formation over Cape Town, South Africa.
We’d like to thank all the contributors to the photo gallery for helping us reach impressive milestone.
Brand new website, BeautifulNow invites you to enter their Beautiful Clouds Photo Competition, open for entries from 16th 22nd September 2013. There are some really great prizes on offer so please click here to enter the BeutifulNow Clouds Competition
UPDATE: Cloud Appreciation Society members have been selected as semi-finalists in the BeautifulNow Cloud Competition! Check them out and get ready to vote for the winner this week (30th Sept to 4th October 2013)
Brenda Barnard, Cloud Appreciation Society Member No. 17887, suggested that it was about time we produced an ‘Urban Cloudspotter’ embroidered patch. The patch, she argued, is sorely needed by city dwellers and would nicely complement our existing ‘Flying Cloudspotter‘ patche (for pilots), ‘Seafaring Cloudspotter‘ patch (for sailors) and ‘Mountain Cloudspotter‘ patch (for walkers).
When we sent Brenda her patch as a thank you, she sent us back this photo of her wearing it out and about.
As you can see this was a great idea and so we are now pleased to announce that we have available on the Cloud Shop our brand new Urban Cloudspotter embroidered patches.