Attention All Cloudspotters
You can’t look around when you’re looking up, so we’ve had a look around for you.
If you have cloud news that you think we should include here, please email it to us at: email@example.com.
And it is a fantastic example of the one-and-only ‘King of Clouds’.
Go to Cloud of the Month for March…
Cloud Appreciation Society Gallery Editor, Ian Loxley, has been selected to be a Judge in the Cloudscape section of the international photography competition “Exposure”, which celebrates the power of the image. He told us he is extremely proud to have been chosen and urges everyone to see the full details on the Exposure website here
Christiaan Korterink of Skyhigh TV in the Netherlands is looking for an expert who is really passionate about clouds to appear on the Dutch TV show “Milk and Honey”. If you are interested, please contact him directly via email at Christiaan.Korterink@skyhightv.nl or by telephone on +31 35 75 08 221
It is a superhuman lenticularis and you can see it here:
Cloud of the Month for February 2014…
As part of the ‘Festival of Imagination’ season at Selfridges, London, Cloud Appreciation Society founder, Gavin Pretor-Pinney, will be giving an illustrated clouds talk in the store’s new ‘Imanginarium’ space. Put on by our friends at The Lost Lectures, he talk will be a guide to identifying different cloud formations – from common ones to rare and obscure. Gavin will also explain why the aimless pastime of cloudspotting serves as an antidote to the pressures of the digital age and a great aid to stimulating the creative mind.
Date: Wednesday, January 22, 2014
Time: 6:30pm until 8:30pm
Location: Selfridges, 400 Oxford Street, W1A 1AB London
Tickets: £15 from eventbright.co.uk
It is a beautiful and dramatic celestial display, but will it upset the Cloud Appreciation Society sticklers?
See January’s Cloud of the Month…
Kevin Kendle is a musician working in the field of tranquil, atmospheric instrumental music. A composer and synthesizer player, Kevin produced an album in 2000 called “Clouds,” describing 8 cloud types in music. Just recently, Kevin has released the long-awaited sequel to this best-selling album, “Clouds 2,” on his own Eventide Music label, musically depicting a further 8 cloud types, and providing the perfect accompaniment to cloud spotting! The CD booklet also features photographs from the Cloud Appreciation Society’s web gallery to illustrate the cloud types that the music is about.
Based in Baldock, in the North Hertfordshire countryside, Kevin has been producing gentle, haunting music in his own studio since 1992, to international acclaim. He has become widely known for consistently producing quality music with very high production values. For more information, and to hear samples of the music, please visit: www.kevinkendle.com
Cloud enthusiast Trevor Field emailed to tell us about the new glass roof which is proposed for Paddington Station. It has been announced that as part of the Crossrail Art Programme artist Spencer Finch intends to create an index of clouds embedded within the glass of the centrepeice of the new station. We like the fact that he is proposing a broad range of different cloud types rather than just using one type. We think that this will offer great opportunities for cloudspotters to refresh their identification skills whilst waiting for their train.
You can read more about this innovative project here.
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.