An Appreciative Cat
Ever since I learned about the Cloud Appreciation Society (CAS) a few years ago, I became an instant fan and, as quickly as international post would allow, I became a life-long member. Not only does the society have a wonderful collection of cloud pictures and videos from its 32,000+ members (not to mention cloud music, art, and poetry), but they (we) also encourage learning about clouds through a mix of solid science and a bit of whimsy. After all, learning while laughing definitely speeds learning, no matter what the subject—especially, if it is about something as ephemeral as clouds.
Given my enthusiasm for the Society, it’s no big surprise that I have managed to convince a few wise members of my friends and family clan to appreciate clouds with me and join the CAS. There is at least one very important member of the family, though, who I missed. And, she made it quite obvious to me today that she, too, has as strong an appreciation for clouds as anyone else. Meet Olive, the cloud-spotter feline of the household:
Just what has attracted her attention, you ask? It is a picture of one of several thunderstorms which moved over the Boulder, Denver, and Colorado Springs metro areas today. I took the thunderstorm picture earlier in the day thinking it would be a nice contrast to the winter weather pictures I took last week during our late-season snowfall (Last week was winter, this week is spring; extrapolation predicts summer soon). While cropping the image on the computer, Olive the cloud-spotter feline spotted it. She was mesmerized, quite unusual for her capricious personality. In fact, she was mesmerized to the point where she remained still long enough for this, and a few other, cute cat pictures. To keep her purring, I promised to remit her lifetime membership fee for the Cloud Appreciation Society as soon as possible. They already have a dog who is a member, but I think Olive would be the first cat.
To complete the story, here’s the thunderstorm image that so intrigued Olive:
With this storm and the showers that followed it, we received about 0.5 inch (12 mm) of rain today. Any rain (or snow, for that matter) this spring is a big help for us because we are still trying to get out of long-term drought.