The Book of Clouds

The Book of Clouds

by John A. Day


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New in Paper See the sky as you never have before. Using a series of his awe-inspiring images, photographer and scientist John Day--who has a Ph.D. in cloud physics and is known round the world as "The Cloudman"--introduces us to earth's great skyscape. His spectacular portfolio of pictures captures a variety of cloud forms and shapes, ranging from cottony-soft cumulus clouds to frightening, whirling funnels, as well as a number of optical effects, such as coronas and halos, seen in the heavens above. A magnificent cloud chart; an explanation of clouds formation; hints on forecasting, observing, and photographing clouds; and his "Ten Reasons to Look Up" teach us to use our inner eye to really perceive those familiar fleeting forms.

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ISBN-13: 9781402728136
Publisher: Sterling Publishing
Publication date: 08/25/2005
Pages: 208
Product dimensions: 8.50(w) x 10.50(h) x (d)

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The Book of Clouds 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Dr John Day has written many professional works in his lifetime. This book is a visual celebration of clouds, with very limited text. His other books (some of which I own) will satisfy those with more curiousity.
bookaholicNC More than 1 year ago
The glorious thing about Mother Nature is that she makes every day, every moment unique and different. Clouds are a perfect example and this wonderful book brings it all out. This book features two photographs of the author, one on the back flap cover and the other in one of the marvelous cloud formations. See if you can spot both of them. Mr. Day "the Cloudman" was a genius.
Guest More than 1 year ago
wow i am 13 years old and this is the best book in the world
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am borrowing this book from my sister right now and I love it! I am a photographer and someday wish to be a professional one. I love taking pictures of clouds and I think they are so beautiful. If anyone wants to see beautiful pictures of clouds and really appriciate them this book is definetley for you! Everyone should have a copy of this book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
As an artist, I enjoy taking pictures of clouds from my Brooklyn window. At one point, there was a thin thread of an idea to document clouds until I saw this book. What was I thinking, only an expert like the 'Cloudman' could document clouds!!! With delirious joy, I savored these beautiful photographs, who knew there were so many cloud formations and color variety?
Guest More than 1 year ago
First, a message for the publishers. Although I usually like more hardback books -and I assume that many more readers too- as it seems to confer them more category, this is one of those rare cases in which a hardback or even a softback is far from being the ideal binding. One of the strongest points of this book is the magnificent photographs depicted. And more often than not (in fact, in the overwhelming majority of the pages) the large pictures span both pages once the book is open. The inner side of a hardback book binding is a photo assassin, totally spoiling those pictures! You better print smaller photographs (which would be a pity, anyway) or use paperback for these beauties. Regarding the contents themselves, the fact that the strong point are the illustrations, also means that text and pure theory are not so deep as could be wished for. However, this will sure mean that the audience will be greater. This book can make a fabulous first for many people, for children of all ages. In fact, I would unhesitatingly recommend it in this sense. Because this is one of those books that if enjoyed (and it has nearly all the features for this to happen) can be deeply engraved in our memory and can be remembered for the remainder of life. If anything, I miss S.I. units and I would have wished that some of the more scientific points would have been a little more systematic. And for that matter, I also miss a good 46º solar halo, which seems to be especially evasive. Even so, I must recognize that there are things in this book that defy imagination and credibility, such as the naïve and simply unbelievable Kelvin-Helmholtz waves or the most beautiful nacreous or noctilucent clouds. My only regret sometimes is why so short, Mr Cloudman, why so short? One would like to get lost in the midst of your photographic library. All in all, a feast for the eyes and for the mind as well for us, cloud lovers.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has it all -- whether your interest in clouds is purely for their visual wonder and endless variety, or if you're curious about the science behind how clouds and other atmospheric phenomena are formed. We even learn how clouds came to be named. This book appeals to all people of all ages and backgrounds...after all, clouds are perhaps one of the few things all residents of the planet truly have in common. A suggestion for future editions: I'd like to see a section added on how clouds have been observed and perceived in cultures around the world, through the ages.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked this book up on impulse this weekend and I just love it. It is written by "Cloudman", a writer/photographer in Oregon who has spent his life studying and photographing clouds. He shows what all the clouds are called, how to forecast weather by looking at the sky, he explains storm clouds and has phenomenal pictures accompanying the text. A really great and beautiful book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have many pictures of cloud beings who are actual people who once lived among us. The eyes are very human as they study and watch us. I've seen repeated faces and have given each, their own name. They will be in my book, 'The Phyics of God: an nterconnected Universe.