Tuesday, June 10, 2014

The Cloud Collector's Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney

First Line: You might well think that cloud collecting sounds like a ridiculous idea.

I've never been accused of having my head in the clouds, but I should have been because it's one of my favorite things to do-- especially during the summer here in the Sonoran Desert. I knew all the different types of clouds had names, but didn't know them past cumulus and cirrus. When I stumbled across The Cloud Collector's Handbook, I knew I had to have a copy; I'm the type of person who likes to know the names of things.

This little hardcover is broken into five basic chapters: Ten Main Cloud Types, Notable Species and Varieties, Accessory Clouds and Supplementary Features, Other Clouds, and Cloud Optical Effects. It also contains handy indexes of technical terms, images and more in the back.

The book is filled with gorgeous photographs of all the more recognizable types of clouds, and author Gavin Pretor-Pinney tells readers what causes them to form and under what conditions they may be seen. If you're the type of person who likes to keep lists or to score yourself on how many different types of clouds you've seen, you can keep track with this book.

I loved examining all the photographs, and I learned a great deal from reading the text. The next time I look up at the sky, I'm going to be much better informed, and The Cloud Collector's Handbook is now an important addition to my reference shelf.    

The Cloud Collector's Handbook by Gavin Pretor-Pinney
ISBN: 9780811875424
Chronicle Books © 2011
Hardcover, 144 pages

Non-Fiction, Reference
Rating: A+
Source: Paperback Swap 


  1. Cathy - That really sounds like an interesting book actually. I think it's always good to pay attention to nature - including the clouds :-)

    1. My attention to clouds probably has something to do with my farming ancestors... clouds are such excellent weather prognosticators!

  2. Love visiting your blog. Haven't been in awhile.


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