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What is the Best Way to Watch the Clouds?

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by Matthew (subscribe)
WEN Editor
Published January 22nd 2018
All too often many of us have been told or have been even angrily ordered to stop walking around with our head in the clouds or to get your head out of the clouds or words to that effect. Well, now you have no excuse but to simply ignore such vexatious sentiments and stick your head in the clouds. Here are some ways you can do just that.

When it comes to cloud gazing there may be more than a few ways you might choose to engage in such a relaxing activity. Obviously you will need to have some ideal basic conditions when observing the clouds. That is, cloudless and overcast days are not conducive to cloud gazing but whenever you hear an announcement on the radio that says partly cloudy and such and such degrees, you're in luck.

A psychological concept known as perceptual set can influence how your mind interprets specific cloudy objects, causing you to view the same object differently from another person. For example referring to the image below, if you are a British patriot you may be inclined to utter in delight, "I say what a jolly good distortion of England that is," but your fanatical wildlife companion might suggest it resembles a cute little polar bear emerging from the snow.

A Polar Bear or Distorted Map of England?

Watching the clouds may be just as simple and as random as observing cloud formations while you are waiting at the bus stop, for instance. This may be another suitable way of passing time in situations that are all too often unpleasantly boring and it could be a better alternative to the iPhone, especially if you're hopelessly addicted to texting. Don't get so raptured by the experience that you miss your bus or train or tram or something important that your boss said while you're looking out the window.

On the other hand, you may allow yourself to be intentionally driven by the clouds or taken up by them. You don't even need to be on Cloud Nine since cloud formations are so fickle, Clouds 1 to 8 are also up for consideration. To take full advantage of such a daydreaming / cloud gazing combo, recommended settings would include a park bench or lying on your back, legs crossed on a hilltop overlooking nearby trees, houses and streets. Depending on a host of other factors, the latter option tends to give you the impression that the clouds are lower than they appear, especially during winter time when the air is cold and still.

As you look into the sky what do you see on high? Spot the sea horse, or is that a warthog trailing behind?

If you're more of a thrill seeker, then perhaps a better way of viewing the clouds is to do so in the context that simulates a falling building. But then again you'll be more focused on the apparent building collapsing toward you rather than the clouds. Simply stand next to a tall building or object and look up. The clouds will do the rest.

Now for those who have sensitive eyes, like yours truly, night viewing of passing clouds may be a viable alternative, though it can be more challenging.

Do you have a special way of gazing at the clouds? Let us know in the comments below.
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