I fell in love with clouds the same way I fell in love with marbled murrelets: madly and unexpectedly. After living in sunny Southern California from 2001 to 2006, I moved my family to the Pacific Northwest. There were many reasons for the move—the weather was one of them. I missed the seasons, the watery landscape, the drama of the skies, the clouds.
After living under the clouds for seven months out of the year (some say nine), I had a very strange experience of a cloud while standing in a friend’s front hall one October morning in 2008. That experience—a spark, a snag, and the micro-epiphany that I knew little to nothing about clouds. And the only way I was going to fix that was to write a book about them. I did not expect it took take eight years but clouds are complex and they keep changing.
I finished my manuscript in the fall of 2016. A Sideways Look at Clouds, which will be published in September 30 by the wonderful Mountaineers Books in Seattle. You can pre-order a copy here.
And here (below) are photographs of some of the clouds that dazzled, distracted, and inspired me to write my book: