Origin: 1650s. Cumulus ” a heap, pile, mass, surplus ” in Latin
*keue “to swell” in Latin.
Cirrocumulus are flocks of fleecy clouds that whisk past us on a glorious spring day. Often their appearance in the evening foretells of a stormy morning the following day. At least thats old shepherd’s wisdom.
Schäfchenwolken: Little sheep clouds.
English slang word for a sky smattered with cirrocumulus or Schäfchenwolken clouds. Popular because of a similarity to the lined skin of a mackarel. Collins Dictionary
Cielo a pecorelle, pioggia a catinelle
Little sheeps shaped sky, rain will fall in basins
Ovejitas al atardecer, lluvias al amanecer
Little sheep at sunset, rains at dawn
Nuages en forme de fleurs de coton
Clouds shaped like cotton flowers
Clouds that wander through the sky,
Sometimes low and sometimes high;
In the darkness of the night,
In the sunshine warm and bright.
Ah! I wonder much if you
Have any useful work to do.
John B Tabb
Do you remember, little cloud,
This morning when you lay—
A mist along the river—what
The waters had to say?
Have you ever visited the Cloud Appreciation Society?
Well if you haven’t yet, then you should. They are true to their namesake and appreciate clouds on a global scale. Have a look at their gallery for inspiration on the sheer diversity and beauty of these divine, shapeshifting celestial wonders.
In case you’re wondering, it costs around $30 a month to become a member of the Cloud Appreciation Society. As a lover of clouds myself, I am somewhat coming around to the idea.
5 thoughts on “Ancient word of the day: Cirrocumulus”
My cloud knowledge mostly comes from the music of crowded house….
Which song Jeremy? I can only think of one reference to clouds… ‘Four Seasons in One Day’: “The sun shines on the black clouds hanging over the domain”
A fine collection. That lighthouse in the sky painting reminds me of the Gorillaz Feel Good music video: https://www.google.com/search?q=gorillaz+feel+good+inc+lighthouse+sky&tbm=isch
Is the bottom painting by William Hawkins? I love his work! 🌤
Btw; almost finished with the interview questions 🥳❤
Hope you are well, my friend xx
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Yes the last one is by him, he is amazing isn’t he. Great that you have nearly finished the interview questions I look forward to reading your responses. I hope you and your family are doing well and that you’re enjoying the arctic midnight sun, it has become dark on the bottom of the world, but thats OK I’ve made it cosy in my place. Big hugs to you xx