If you have not been outside in a little while, it has been raining, a lot.  The grass, the trees, the flowers and shrubs are not complaining.  The green is deep and rich just now.  The flowers have survived inordinate numbers of days due to the cloud cover and cooler temperatures.  Flowering trees are almost a little confused with flowers still thick and leaves beginning to make prominent appearances.  It has been a spring to remember.

Some of the human folk have been getting a little over it all at this point.  It is not that rain is a bad thing by any means.  It is more that we here in New England really need our sunshine at this time of year.  Vitamin D deficiency is a real thing, and many of us may be suffering from this just this moment.  Have some milk and perhaps consider our book for today.  We do need to remember that every storm passes, eventually.

One of the greatest moments is noting a storm breaking up and the fantastic cloud patterns that always emerge.  The peeking of blue sky here and there and the colorful edges on the breaking clouds is reason for deep reflection.  Life is funny like this.  Today’s book The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney is an all-around introduction and sometimes in-depth look at those watery formations in the sky.  If you have yet to take time to know what we as humans do know about the clouds above, this may be as good a time as any to get started.

Perhaps we all can recall a little of our science studies from grade and high school.  We did learn some general terms and titles for the basic cloud formations above us.  We learned something of the nature of cloud generation, depletion, and transformation.  There was some graphing and charting of water comes down and water goes up cycles.  Clouds are mysterious in the moment, yet there is a good bit we know as well.

Have you ever laid out in the grass and just looked up at the clouds as they roll by?  It can be somewhat like watching fire burn or a river flow.  Nature has a way of developing patterns that are at once beautiful yet elusive and shifting.  This again is a good analogy for life, especially when we recall that yes, we are part of nature, no matter how we may or may not perceive this fact at any given time.  Cloud study is as good a meditation as you may find.  Try it sometime.

If you are given to the science of our existence then The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney would be useful for you if you feel like learning more about looking up and knowing what is going on up there.  Our author gives us a nice chunk of useful information, names, drawing, anomalies, analogies and photographs all around the element of clouds.  It really is a cool book, and one that will give you the reader some new ideas and ways of looking at the sky.

Of course, for the very practical, we know that without clouds and rain, we would have a serious fresh water shortage, and all of life would be in serious jeopardy.  We may be grateful for all the rain we get, and really more grateful for the timing of it.  There is only so much water in the whole Earth system, and we need what we receive.  If you are feeling the pressure from all the low pressure this season, do stop and say thank you for the rain.  There are spots in the world where this wet situation would be readily welcomed.

If you are a cloud enthusiast already, then you may like to acquire this book The Cloudspotter’s Guide by Gavin Pretor-Pinney to extend and strengthen your knowledge.  If you are looking for a new hobby or study, the book could open up some nice new avenues for you, as well.  Either way, we all can be glad for rain, clouds and fresh water.  If we do not have fresh water for three days, life becomes very complicated, very quickly!

Enjoy and read on!

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