Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter

Always my pleasure to pass along the CAS Newsletter.  I recently became the leader of an Imperial County Cloudspotter group.  If you’re into clouds – and I am – in fact at the moment I’m writing this I’m inside a cloud because it’s raining – you should consider joining – and if you’re in Imperial County, join the cloudspotter group too.  We don’t always have a lot of clouds around here, so they’re more of a treat!

 

Cloud Appreciation

This Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter included  an invitation to join or start local cloudwatching groups.  I think we have an unofficial one in Salton City, though it seems to only operate in the winter.  We do get thunder clouds to look at in the summer, but it’s really too cosy to go outside to look at them…..

Tales from the field #32

Tomorrow is Black Friday and I’m a retailer so I’ll be at a show in Palm Springs.  Today is Thanksgiving so I wanted to find something to be thankful for:

Silverado on a flooded street

The flood got deeper as I continued the setup

This Thanksgiving I am thankful that:

  • the rain I set up my tent in was merely heavy rain and not freezing
  • that it wasn’t windy so I could put the walls up without having to put the weights on first
  • that my booth is on a well drained grassy slope
  • that my truck was ignored by Palm Springs finest, alongside the red curb and half in a flood, with the park anywhere lights on
  • that my truck has a heater because I was soaked from my head to my hips and my feet to my thighs
  • that my truck was able to navigate the floods along Ramon Road
  • that there weren’t any crazy fast drivers who caused a crash on the freeway
  • that I decided to go for this wet setup so I don’t have to get up at 4 am to set up tomorrow
  • that I am writing this listening to the rain on my roof while a turkey cooks

Cloud Appreciation Society

Always a pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter.

 

Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter

It’s always my pleasure to forward this newsletter.  This time the subject is the recent C.A.S. vacation on Lundy Island off the coast of Cornwall, England. Sounds like they had an awesome time there!

Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter.

As ever a pleasure to pass on the Cloud Appreciation Society Newsletter.  Now I have to just think of the best reason for them to visit Salton City on that US trip!

Sonnet Challenge #29

I spent some time in early August hoping we would get rained on, without joy.  I was hopeful yesterday too, with a wind coming up from the gulf, but the dessicating desert air all mopped it up and we just got haze.

Storm Building

I watch the nimbus build across the west
a great gray blanket blotting out the sun,
the gathering of storm has just begun –
we need the rain! The cumulus start to crest
off to the south, into great thunderheads.
The tension builds in the electric air.
I bring the lawn chairs in and thus prepare
for wind that might just tear such things to shreds
with its intensity. I know the drill;
stratus accumulate and start to bear down
as if to smother this belittled town –
they’ll rumble, crack and then they’ll start to spill.
The coulds build up as if to promise rain,
but in the afternoon’s heat dissipate again.

Street level

Although I love watching the clouds, sometimes the structures that the atmosphere comes up with are just too astonishing for anything.  I just love the cloud streets shown in this Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.

Cloud Appreciation Society

As ever it is my pleasure to pass along the Cloud Appreciation Society newsletter.   I know a few of my fans who will immediately think of the first photograph as a ‘JeniBate Sky’.

Newer Work #79

I guess there is sometimes a progession in the names.  Evening rain and Night Storm.  It’s been awhile since I’ve seen either of those, but here they are.

watercolor collage

#1298 Evening Rain, 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25

Night storms are interesting because here we have the power go out in about 50% of good storms.

watercolor collage

#1299, Night Storm III 3.5×5″ watercolor collage in mat to fit 5×7″ frame. $25