What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?

Look Up!


The Cloud Appreciation Society

Since 2014, I’ve been spending my days looking around for beautiful things, but today’s folks find their joy in the skies above. This is the wonderful group known as The Cloud Appreciation Society. The Society’s manifesto (because of course they have one) says their mission is to fight ‘blue-sky thinking’ wherever they find it. That’s pretty adorable. This marvelous group of people are working to combat clouds’ bad reputation. They instead think of clouds as nature’s poetry.

All this talk about clouds made me think of one of my favorite Joni Mitchell songs.

Both Sides, Now by Joni Mitchell

Rows and flows of angel hair
And ice cream castles in the air
And feather canyons everywhere
I looked at clouds that way.
But now they only block the sun.
They rain and snow on everyone.
So many things I would have done
But clouds got in my way.
I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall.
I really don’t know clouds at all.

The Cloud Appreciation Society was founded in 2005 by Gavin Pretor-Pinney, member number 00,001, and it’s currently got more than 50,000 members spread out over 120 countries. Membership in the society includes a subscription to the Society’s Cloud-a-Day email. In addition to the Society’s online community and in-person gatherings, members are also encouraged to upload photographs to the Cloudspotter app to earn stars and badges for accurate cloud identifications.

The Cloud Appreciation Society has a presence on the internet and on Instagram and Facebook, but if you really want to be part of the club, just remember to look up and appreciate!

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

19 thoughts on “Look Up!

  1. We have always enjoyed watching the weather ( clouds). sometimes I see what others see and sometimes not but things do look different above the clouds than below.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. I have been watching clouds since a young childhood laying on the ground in the backyard. There are times there are really some beautiful ones. Hal

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Wonderful cloud shots (and I’m definitely a fan of clouds) but oh oh oh – Joni Mitchel Both Sides Now – I just have to share this with you:

    It might be geoblocked. If it is let me know and I’ll find a copy that won’t be. It’s current Canadian Ice Dance champions skating to Both Sides Now

    Liked by 2 people

  4. I am not sure how we got beautiful skating involved with clouds but I will take skating anywhere I can find it. It wasn’t ‘geoblocked’ in Citra FL. Thanks for the post. Hal

    Liked by 2 people

  5. Pingback: Creative Juice #179 | ARHtistic License

What do you think?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.