We’ve had a little bit of cloud cover ourselves in the last couple of days, and so I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a stunning book on the subject. This book is Extraordinary Clouds: Skies of the Unexpected From the Beautiful to the Bizarre, by Richard Hamblyn, and it is a book of modest size which contains the some of most fantastic and beautiful cloud shapes imaginable to the human mind. You’ll see clouds that look like tornadoes, UFO clouds (which are called lenticular clouds!), clouds that mountains wear like hats, tubular clouds, and even clouds that glow in the dark. The images are shared by talented photographers all across the globe, who are all properly credited in the back if you are interested in seeing more work from an individual artist.
But wait, there’s more! Besides being a simple collection of pretty photographs, there are also explanations for the layman on how many of the more fantastic formations came into being. There is even a section in the back covering artificial clouds (ever wonder what it looks like when the Space Shuttle leaves a cloud behind it?) Before you know it, your head will be full of terms like “hovering pyrocumulus,” “cirrus fibratis,” and “iridescent pileus,” and you’ll be learning about the meteorology behind them, all while gazing at these breathtaking images which are certain to keep your head in the clouds.