Luke Howard...do you know that name? I think you should. He is the man who named the clouds! An Englishman who lived from 1772 to 1864, he was a manufacturing chemist but was also an amateur meteorologist in his spare time. By careful study and observation, he named the clouds using Latin names...Cumulus(heap), Stratus (layer), Cirrus(curl of hair) and Nimbus (rain).
Here is a quote from him...
"The sky too belongs to the Landscape. The ocean of air in which we live and move, in which the bolt of heaven is forged, and the fructifying rain condensed, can never be to the zealous Naturalist a subject of tame and unfeeling contemplation,"
In my search for information on Luke Howard, I came across the name of John Day. If you get the chance to click on his name, read about "the cloud man" and you will know why I was so pleased to read his story of how he came to love and appreciate the clouds. Both of these men in different centuries, looked upon the clouds in a scientific way to begin with, but came to see them as something more, truly seeing the beauty of them. John Day said this...
"The act of seeing nourishes the soul."
Here is a book I would like to read, "The Book of Clouds" by John A. Day!
The first four photos are from the USA, all taken in Georgia...the last two are from Eastbourne, England. Just look at that cloudy sky in the last photo, you would never guess that the sky cleared and it became the prettiest day and evening with not a cloud in sight!