If you’ve ever spent an afternoon lying on your back looking at the sky above, you might have the makings of a “cloud watcher.” Would it surprise you to know that, according to some, this is a legitimate hobby? Although people have been painting, drawing and writing about clouds for centuries (probably longer) today’s cloud watching hobbyists have more tools at their disposal than ever before. Digital cameras and computers allow cloud watchers to share their finds with cloud watching friends around the world. Learn more about this interesting and growing hobby.
Who is cloud watching? You will find that many in the cloud watching crowd are people just like you. Some scan the skies for spiritual inspiration, looking for certain signs and symbols in the clouds. People regularly share images of “cloud angels” or the “hand of God.” Both children and adults enjoy this hobby and educational organizations like schools encourage cloud watching, although from a more scientific point of view.
How do you find and capture clouds? Novice cloud watchers use cloud identifiers to identify types of clouds. After using these handy little apps or booklets for a few days, it won’t take you long to quickly identify what type of cloud you are watching. Once a cloud watcher spots a promising group of clouds they begin scanning for images or shapes. On sunny days, you might need a pair of sunglasses and cloud searching is better on the eyes if you avoid staring in the sun’s direction. To capture interesting cloud formations, use a cell phone or a camera to snap photos.
Are there groups, clubs or societies of cloud watchers? Amazingly, yes! Groups like the Cloud Appreciation Society and the blog I Love Watching Clouds offer two very different approaches to sharing cloud images and experiences.
Be a cloud watcher! Grab a notebook, a camera and a pair of sunglasses. That’s really all you need to capture clouds.