How to be obsessed about clouds

First, the moment you see a cloud type you like, take a picture of it from wherever you are.

In my case, I saw a cumulonimbus cloud.

It has a wide base and anvil-shaped top.

Some say it looks like a mushroom.

I quickly took a picture of it even though I was standing by the roadside on the opposite side, in case the cloud might change its shape soon (well, usually not that soon, but it’s perhaps the birdwatcher’s anxiety in me that says “you’d better take a picture before this bird flies away”).

Then, go closer to the cloud and take another picture of it.

By this time, I have crossed the road to the other side.

The angle of shot seemed better, though the cloud shape has changed a bit.

Next, scan the sky for any other interesting cloud type.

Here, I saw to my left some cirrus clouds.

I took a photo of these wispy mare’s tails.

Finally, take a panoramic photo of the sky that features your favourite clouds.

It’s like taking a group photo of a gathering.

Add some finishing touches to enhance the photos to make sure they do justice to your subjects.

Post your photos of your fave clouds online and rave about them.

After all, it’s all about clouds, and nothing but the clouds.

You love clouds so much that they cloud your vision, and all you see is clouds.

As Thich Nhat Hanh famously said, “without a cloud, there will be no rain; without rain, the trees cannot grow: and without trees, we cannot make paper. The cloud is essential for the paper to exist. If the cloud is not here, the sheet of paper cannot be here either. So we can say that the cloud and the paper inter-are”.

Indeed, and without rain, we would have no water to brew tea.

So yes, let’s celebrate clouds.


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