November 04, 2009


Although cloudspotting is an activity best undertaken with time on your hands, it is something that everyone can enjoy. Clouds are the most egalitarian of nature’s displays, since each one of us has a good view of them, so it really doesn’t matter where you are. A little elevation never goes amiss, of course, but this could as easily be provided by a high-rise as by a mountain range of outstanding natural beauty. More important is the frame of mind you are in while cloudspotting. You are not a trainspotter, so standing on a hill with a notebook and pen poised to tick off the different types will end in disappointment. So will any attempt to write down their serial numbers.

- Gavin Pretor-Pinney, from "Cloudspotting,” Tricycle, Fall 2006

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Marcus's picture


Wonderful! Fabulous! I'm so glad that Cloudspotting made it to Tricycle! I remember reading The Clodspotter's Guide with rapt fascination - torn between the page and looking up into the sky!

For anyone unfamiliar with this, buy the book!

Oh, and here's the website:

All the best and thank you Tricycle for spreading the Cloudspotting word!


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