Cloudy days are here again …

I’ve often thought that clouds are rather lovely things. Even studying science and understanding exactly how clouds form and why they function the way that they do, has done nothing to ‘dampen’ their romantic, dreamy charm.

Maybe at heart I’m a cloud chaser … and with all the rainy weather we’ve been having recently in Brisbane, it certainly feels a bit like nature is following my obsession.

So that I can carry a cloudy view with me always, I recently indulged in a beautiful silver cloud ring made by my lovely friend Jess, and a delightful ceramic cloud brooch made by one of my favourite local poets / artisans, Kylie Johnson.

Another thing I love about clouds is that they have such wonderful names, so reflective of their individual ‘personalities’. For instance, there’s the friendly and puffy Cumulus, the shy and delicate Cirrus, and the angry instability of Cumolonimbus … they are fantastic full-bodied titles full of character, just like their namesakes.

What did you see in the clouds today? Perhaps you’re a cloud chaser too?

23 Comments

  1. Kylie

    I can’t wait to receive my cloud ring!

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Kylie – Haha … You’re sooooo going to love your little silver cloud ring when it arrives! πŸ™‚

  2. Gabrielle Bryden

    I love that cloud brooch (and your lovely post). Clouds are endlessly fascinating, with the shapes they make, the company they keep (saw a great lightning display last night with the clouds as a dramatic backdrop) – looking down on clouds from a plane is just amazing (and flying through a cloud). I wrote a tiny poem about me and clouds called ‘reality check’ http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/2010/02/23/reality-check/

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Gabrielle – I think those cloud brooches may just be a new addiction of mine. Apparently people tend to buy two or three and wear them together, and now I have one I can definitely see why (they’re adorable).
      Clouds are such wonder-filled things … I’m sure I could spend many hours just watching them form and recreating themselves into new shapes as they scuttle across the sky.

      That storm yesterday was amazing – I was in Brisbane CBD when it came through and the sky turned black at 2pm – I’ve never seen anything quite like it before! I love watching lightning, especially over wide open landscapes.
      Looking down on clouds or travelling through them when on a plane is incredible (that’s one big reason why I always try to get the window seat).

      Haha, I love your cloud poem … it’s delightful. I especially love the way you’ve formatted it – wonderful stuff! πŸ˜€

      1. Gabrielle Bryden

        thanks Tracey πŸ™‚ last night my husband and I and the two kids sat on stools on the front veranday watching the lightning – we looked like we were at a footy game – haha

  3. Erika Lee Sears

    I love a good broach.. clouds… birds.. fancy ones.. simple ones.

    Clouds are here too and rainy πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Erika – I can definitely see myself becoming a bit of a ‘brooch-hoarder’ in the not-too-distant future … they’re rather delightful, and I’m only really just starting to discover their loveliness.
      I adore cloudy and rainy weather … especially if I can snuggle up indoors! πŸ™‚

  4. Jess

    Thank you Tracey!!! I love your post – and I agree – knowing the science behind clouds makes them no less fascinating and magical, in my mind πŸ™‚ xx P.S. could I snaffle that pic to put on the Epheriell FB page/my website – I *love* it! (with credit, of course πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Jess – Haha, my pleasure! πŸ™‚
      I’m glad you enjoyed my little post on cloud related matters … it seems us scientists can still see the magic in natural things.
      Of course I’m more than happy for you to use that picture as you see fit! (if you need one in higher res. just let me know) πŸ˜€

      1. Jess

        Yippee! Thanks Tracey πŸ™‚ x

  5. hila

    I’m definitely a cloud chaser/watcher, preferably, with a book and a blanket.

    I love your pretty trinkets πŸ™‚

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Hila – It’s always a pleasure to meet a fellow cloud-chaser … there’s something so wonderful and ‘easy’ to spend time just watching the clouds float above us as they move across our vision.
      I agree with you wholeheartedly – watching clouds go by with a book and a blanket by our side is the best kind of company! πŸ™‚

      PS. I’m glad you like my latest pretty jewels! πŸ™‚

  6. fairchildstreet

    Love the broach and ring. When I was a little girl my mum and I would lye on the bed look out the window and what shapes we could find in the clouds. A lovely thing to do. Charmaine

  7. fairchildstreet

    Love the brooch and ring. When I was a little girl my mum and I would lye on the bed look out the window and what shapes we could find in the clouds. A lovely thing to do. Charmaine

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Charmaine – I’m glad you like my cloud jewellery … I’m rather fond of them too! πŸ˜‰

      What a lovely memory you have of you and your mum watching the clouds go by the window … I love looking for shapes in the clouds. I wonder what it says about me that most of the time I see animals? πŸ™‚

      I love a spot of day-dreaming, and cloud watching often goes hand-in-hand.

  8. Debby

    I love clouds too Tracey. I think even a blue sky looks better when there are a few floating by. I’m always seeing images in cloud formations especially on blustery winter days…..but they almost always break up before I get my camera out.

    They remind me of my dad too, he learned to fly and so was familiar with all the names and would point them out to us as little children. I can’t remember which is which now but like you, love those names.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Debby – I’m so happy to discover so many like minded cloud lovers … I wonder if we’re ever all watching the sky at the same time? πŸ˜‰

      I agree that the beauty of a blue sky is improved by a few scattered clouds moving across that lovely backdrop … they almost make a blue sky seem ‘bluer’.

      I never have much success capturing interesting cloud formations with my camera either … perhaps I should just take lots of random shots and see what I see later on?

      What a lovely association you have of clouds with that memory of your dad … people that remember technical terms / names for things like clouds always impress me (my memory seems to be filled with half-remembered things more often than not).

  9. bobbi

    One of my favorite things since I was a child is to lay down in the grass and look at the shapes in the sky. I remeber once there was a cloud that looked like a giant whale !! I like to believe there is someone somwhere up in the sky shaping the clouds for fun and then set them free in the wind for us to see.

    p.s.
    I consider myself a half vegan. I’ve been vegetarian since i was 15 and now i’m 39, but I never used leather, I buy wool only when there is no other option and i don’t drink milk or eat eggs. But sometimes I have cheese on my pizza. It has to be biological cheese, but really pizza without cheeese is like summer with no sun.

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Bobbi – I love doing just the same as you … lying on my back in the grass and watching all the wondrous shapes that appear in the clouds above … there’s something wonderful about immersing yourself in a field of green while watching a sky of blue overhead. I love that you remember seeing a cloud shaped like a whale – that’s fantastic! πŸ™‚

      Your description of clouds is delightful Bobbi … I like to believe in such magical things too! πŸ™‚

      PS. I think I’d love to move closer to being vegan, but I do find it challenging enough sometimes to be a vegetarian … probably more due to the sneaky ingredients included in some products, and the animal-sourced products used in a range of clothes / shoes. I must say that like you I would really struggle to not have cheese on my pizza … it would take a lot of practice to change that dietary habit! πŸ™‚

  10. Mel

    Gorgeous brooch and gorgeous ring! πŸ™‚ I do like clouds, but I also like clear nights so I can see the stars – I’m probably more of a star-gazer than a cloud-watcher… xx

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Mel – Thanks for your lovely words about my brooch and ring … as you can tell I’ve gone a little cloud crazy lately! πŸ™‚

      I think for me it’s all about watching the clouds during the day, and at night I’m the same as you – I like a clear sky so I can gaze upon those lovely twinkling stars! πŸ™‚

  11. Christine

    Β»cloud chaserΒ« Love that πŸ™‚
    Your brooch and ring are absolutely gorgeous. Lucky you πŸ™‚
    πŸ™‚ merry xmas

    1. tracey (Post author)

      Hi Christine – Cloud chasing surely is one of life’s loveliest and simplest pleasures? (I’m glad you like the term). πŸ™‚

      I’m so happy you like my cloud brooch and ring … I think this could be the start of a very big and very new obsession for me! πŸ˜€

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