By in Personal

Are you a Nepheloc ?

Well I have to hold my hands up,confess, and say yes. And what’s more I’ve been doing it again today!

Nephelococcyggia is the technical term for cloud gazing, or for seeking and finding shapes in clouds.

We all did it as youngsters. Remember those school summer holidays, day after day of endless wall to wall sunshine, and where ever you were, whatever you were doing there was always a moment when we just stopped, lay on our backs and looked up at the sky. Sometimes the sky was cloudless, just the deepest of deep blue, but at other times you were surrounded. Large clouds, small clouds, fluffy clouds, fine laced clouds, dense thick clouds; and they were all on the move; slowly, quickly, morphing as they sailed on by. You gazed at them seeing and imagining all manner of things as they scudded across the sky changing shape and form, and all silhouetted against the heavens.

I know we lead busy, hectic and stressful lives but once in a while it’s the simple pleasures that can be the most rewarding, and especially if you haven’t done for a while.

Go on, give it a go!

Photographs Copyright 2015 by Antony J Waller


Image Credit » Photographs Copyright 2015 by Antony J Waller

You will need an account to comment - feel free to register or login.

Comments

maxeen wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:23 PM

Will you believe me ? Ebay last year had a seller advertising a photograph of a cloud of God! The starting price was around £1,000

MsBiz wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:28 PM

If it weren't so cold outside, I'd be outside cloud-gazing right now. In the evenings, lying on my back deck staring at the sky and just watching the clouds pass helps me relax like nothing else.

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:29 PM

Wow, I can't believe anyone would pay that much (or more). On second thoughts excuse me a mo whilst I post a pic on Ebay!

arthurchappell wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:29 PM

absolutely yes though I had no idea there was a name for it - I love the Joni Mitchell song Clouds on the subject

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:30 PM

I've just come in from a brisk walk and it's only 2 degrees. It was head down and blow the clouds!

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:32 PM

'.....It’s cloud illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all....’

MsBiz wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:38 PM

Wow, yeah, it's in the 40s here in North Carolina and I can barely stand to be outside for 15 minutes. 2 degrees? Yikes!

maxeen wrote on January 13, 2015, 12:45 PM

Haha, me first I think...

GedWrites wrote on January 13, 2015, 1:07 PM

If I did that I would probably fall over, I love cloud formations and they do add to a photo especially at dusk or dawn

catsholiday wrote on January 13, 2015, 1:37 PM

Sometimes they are so beautiful. From a plane they look quite different too

melon1234 wrote on January 13, 2015, 1:47 PM

Hmm not really, I never really did that when I was little. Every now and then an odd shape will catch my eye though

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 2:02 PM

...and I didn't account for the wind chill factor. I bet there's a dusting of snow by tomorrow.

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 2:17 PM

Haha, so that's why on a Friday night doon the Bigg Market there are so many folk flat on their backs. It's the clouds not the beer! You can get a lens filter that makes clouds look better (so my son tells me)

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 2:18 PM

And from up in a plane you can watch them racing across the landscape.

NorthernLight wrote on January 13, 2015, 2:19 PM

You just need a little more practise. Best of luck.

bestwriter wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:18 PM

I have a lot of time at my disposal and my camera is my constant companion. I see the sky clearly whichever part it is of my garden. What am I waiting for? (lol)

bestwriter wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:21 PM

i just had to search for it on the Net and I found this link

http://hoaxes.org/weblog/comments/texas_tortilla_and_an_amazing_photograph

maxeen wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:39 PM

bestwriter , that site is blocked as dodgy by virgin ...

bestwriter wrote on January 13, 2015, 7:42 PM

I was able to read through.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 13, 2015, 11:28 PM

I guess that would be the innocent form of the attraction - as opposed to to the really unfortunate nephelocophilia...

Feisty56 wrote on January 14, 2015, 7:59 AM

I enjoy nature in general. It's refreshing to take a time out from electronics and news and drama in general to observe what is around us.

NorthernLight wrote on January 14, 2015, 9:26 AM

You are so right. It's so easy to miss all the little things we just take for granted.

NorthernLight wrote on January 14, 2015, 2:38 PM

I shall be looking out for the pics!

NorthernLight wrote on January 14, 2015, 2:40 PM

...if you say so.

bestwriter wrote on January 14, 2015, 8:47 PM

I searched the net for the meaning of nephelocophilia... and I get 0 results. Could there be wrong spelling and that's what the search engine suggests.

Squidwhisperer wrote on January 15, 2015, 2:59 AM

Nah I just invented the term and - presumably - the perversion...

bestwriter wrote on January 15, 2015, 3:06 AM

Very funny emoticon :tongue:

NorthernLight wrote on January 15, 2015, 4:39 AM

Haha, explains why I couldn't find it either. Then you are the world's first!

seren3 wrote on January 18, 2015, 2:59 PM

Quite the compelling title! emoticon :cool: . And indeed, I am one - and now I know what I am!

NorthernLight wrote on January 19, 2015, 4:38 AM

Haha, then as you know you can't beat a bit of cloud watching.

JohnRoberts wrote on January 19, 2015, 12:42 PM

The first shot is an outstanding cloud photo. Very blue and clear. The second is like a cotton puffball.

NorthernLight wrote on January 19, 2015, 3:28 PM

I just happened to be looking out the window and reach for the camera.