is for clouds
I am utterly enchanted by clouds. It’s so hard to wrap my mind around them, no doubt because they are so ephemeral. Science can explain particular types, but I always think of them as some peculiar shape-shifting tribe of ethereal magic. They can be such a helpful reminder of how energy moves; how things shift; how not to hold on so tightly; how powerful can dance lightly.
I love this quote by Mark Twain:
The air up there in the clouds is very pure and fine, bracing and delicious. And why shouldn’t it be? — it is the same the angels breathe.
The Nephelai were considered by the Greeks to be the cloud nymphs who arose from the Earth-encompassing River Okeanos, bearing water to the heavens in cloudy pitchers.
I first read that on a cold winter’s day while I was having a steaming cup of tea, and I totally felt like I was given a peek into the way clouds were formed. In honor of that, I created today’s index card for the ICAD challenge:
There is actually a Chinese green tea known as cloud tea grown at great elevations in the Himalayas amidst the clouds and mists. There are also legends about monkeys picking tea. And just to round out the connection, there’s a charming kid’s book Cloud Tea Monkeys.
Although I haven’t had cloud tea, I have no doubt it would be a fine accompaniment for meringue cloud cookies. There are tons of recipe variations, but here’s a simple one with lovely photos.
And having fortified ourselves with such airy confections, wouldn’t it be fun look for clouds in unexpected places? You must check this out – indoor clouds created by artist Berndnaut Smilde. Just to be clear, these are not photoshopped pictures, they show actual clouds created indoors. Gotta love that!
Of course the real-in-the-sky clouds are utterly magical and entertainment is only a glance upwards away. The Cloud Appreciation Society understands that. Should your sky be cloudless you can always go online and check out their wonderful photo galleries.
While it’s always delightful to cloud gaze and see what wonderful shapes and images appear in the sky theatre, there are those who are skilled at cloud divination, an art often called Nephomancy.
So much beauty in the air the angels breathe, no?
Word clouds have slipped out of fashion, but I do love them. It makes me smile to think I can be a cloud creator. So here’s one created from an earlier blog post.
Do you have a cloud story to share? A tea tale? What in your life could use some light-as-a-cloud energy? Do you need a little rain to nourish a parched project? Do tell, you know I love to hear.