I first got hooked on the weather bug was as a 10 year old, fascinated by the unpredictability of Christchurch’s weather. Although meteorology on the whole had rapidly climbed to the tops of my figurative ‘passion tree’ there was no doubt clouds were what really drew me in.
From my first cloud photo, a combination of mare’s tails (cirrus uncinus) and altocumulus, with the cirrus justifying the drizzle which followed, to my more recent snaps, my love for clouds have remained a constant.
But how did the site come about? In 2014/15, our class had the opportunity to complete a ‘Project of Passion’ and I knew in an instant that this would be mine. I must admit, I spent a lot of time with my head in a book as opposed to the clouds, until I had exhausted the whole library of weather and cloud books! Among my favourites are:
- Clouds that Look Like Things and The Cloudspotter’s Guide: The Science, History, and Culture of Clouds (Gavin Pretor-Pinney)
- The Cloud Book (Richard Hamblin)
- The New Zealand Weather Book (Erick Brenstrum)
Armed with a new camera and the ropes of cloud spotting, my site resulted: a collection of cloud heaven, a plethora of colour, shapes and contrast – from the common place altocumulus to the rare asperitas! A few years on, I’m still caught on that weather bug and grateful, as weird as it may sound, for all those cloudy days! That’s right – I’m a nature buff and proud!
– E Wen Wong xx