This third "Sideways Plus" post offers an excerpt from "Visible," the third chapter of my new book, A Sideways Look at Clouds plus illustrations and resources related to the chapter.
"Ironically, the more I understood about the visibility of clouds, the more difficult they were for me to watch. While gazing at the clouds, I would superimpose onto them as many individual water droplets as my minds' eye could generate. Then I'd travel 93 million miles to the sun and bring a big beam of light into the clouds and imagine multicolored wavelengths scattering every which way. My clouds flashed in rainbow colors. My clouds flashed bright white and gray. My clouds vibrated and buzzed with energy. My clouds were exhausting. I felt scatterbrained. I gave up drinking coffee for a while, thinking that the buzz from the caffeine might be jamming some electromagnetic channel of understanding between my brain and the clouds. Some days I couldn't bring myself to look at clouds at all. They were just big billowing reminders of how little I know. Gone were the happy, innocent days when I saw them simply as dragons or elephants--or ice-cream castles in the air." (page 49)