By Gavin Pretor-Pinney
Looking for a hobby you can do anywhere? The perfect incentive for keeping your head in the clouds, The Cloud Collector's Handbook is a whimsical guide to the wonders of the sky. Throughout, author and cloud expert Gavin Pretor-Pinney catalogs a variety of clouds and gives readers points for spotting them and recording their finds-- with point values assigned to unusual formations to keep it interesting! The highest point value goes to the Kelvin-Helmholtz wave cloud, rare in most of the world but relatively frequent over the Sierra del Carmen, the Mesa de Anguila/Sierra Ponce, and the Christmas Mountains here in Big Bend National Park.
This fun and useful book features gorgeous full-color photographs that showcase a new type of cloud on every spread, from fluffy cumulus to the super rare horseshoe vortex to the wispy noctilucent clouds that hang at the fringes of space. Sure to be a hit with both aspiring and seasoned cloud gazers, this clever handbook will have everyone looking up. It's an excellent opportunity to avoid disappointment when extreme heat or "bad" weather disrupt your hiking plans.
Gavin Pretor-Pinney is the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, a global organization that fights "blue-sky thinking." He is also the co-founder and creative director of The Idler magazine and author of the best-selling The Cloudspotter's Guide. He lives in Somerset, England.
Chronicle Books, 2011. 5" x 7" hardcover; 144 pp ; 150 full-color images/photographs throughout.