Things Are Looking Up

Cloud-watching: not nets, field guides or specimen jars required
Cloud-watching: no nets, field guides or specimen jars required

I stopped the car at the stop sign on Meadowbrook (aka the Pig Path) at Barn Road a quarter mile from the clinic. I know passing cars wondered about the odd man pointing his camera at the empty sky. What could he possibly be taking pictures of–nothing there but clouds.

Sorry, I am a cloud fancier and have a collection of cloud photos across all the types. Except…

Now there’s talk about a NEW cloud designation. This will be an interesting discussion among meterologists: is it enough different to get it’s own Latin designation: altocumulus undulatus asperatus?

What with our daily storms, there have been no shortage of passing specimens to enjoy. However, our deep valley is not the best cloud-spotting location. Good thing we leave home every once in a while and pack the Nikon.

Want more? See The Cloud Spotters Guide produced by the Cloud Appreciation Society. I am not alone!

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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  1. That’s a really beautiful cloud image! And I thoroughly enjoyed reading the Philly paper’s article on the new cloud designation. Who knew clouds had enthusiasts and clubs?

  2. Do us all a HUGE favor and don’t go out without the Nikon around your neck on a string! I am not a cloud person, either, but these were lovely….Thanks for all the time that you spend behind the lens…

  3. I have always been a cloud “enthusiast” – I recall those days as a child in the backseat of my parents’ car staring at the cloud formations as we drove across country. There were always poodles, horses, clowns and angels to be seen in those puffy formations.

    Having lived in LA for 25 years where the skies are mostly cloudless (except for winter), I am really enjoying our move to Mount Airy and the NC skies – so much drama in the sky! This one’s a beauty, Fred!