To ease the pressure of modern living and gain inner peace, the founder of the Cloud Appreciation Society, Gavin Pretor-Pinney , strongly urges people to take time out and gaze up into the sky and watch the evolving clouds . Incredible shapes can be seen , he says, such as a heart , fish , or a hand waving goodbye . Looking up at the wild storm clouds in Sydney and Brisbane of late may have caused tension and deep concern rather than a state of nirvana .
In Darwin recently a blogger in a penthouse had a personal experience with a cloud he nicknamed The Blob . Before dawn on three successive days , due to some peculiar meteorological conditions , it appeared in the same position over the harbour , grew, shed pieces like a fan dancer. It was first captured on camera in the above panoramic view across the city as the small , lonely , dark cloud on the right. Then it grew, below, slowly rotating on a vertical axis , the top and bottom tumbling ever so slowly. Same originating small shape , same position , same time , same act as if performing a dance to welcome the new day. On the other hand, this cloud thrice appearing no bigger than a man's hand could be a sign that an end is coming to the drought gripping a large part of the land .