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    June 18, 2017
    It is no wonder I could not identify the type of cloud shown above that I made a few years ago until just recently. That's because the World Meteorological Organization (WMO) only lately classified it as Asperitas, 1 of 11 new cloud types the WMO added in March of 2017 to their International Cloud Atlas. This is the first update that the Atlas has received in 30 years.



    Asperitas (formerly known as Undulatus asperatus) was first observed back in 2006 by a member of the amateur cloud-spotting group in Cedar Creeks, Iowa who sent a photograph of the unusual cloud to Gavin Pretor-Pinney, president of the Cloud Appreciation Society in London, England. After receiving more similar photos, the new cloud type was proposed but only recognized 9 years later this past spring on World Meteorological Day.


    I first witnessed these dark, storm-like clouds as I drove into Sault Ste Marie, Ontario around dinner time on May 25, 2008. I was immediately taken aback by the unusual, somewhat apocalyptic formation that appeared like rippling waves. The Asperitas clouds covered the entire sky (360 degrees!) and I had never in my life seen anything like that before. I expected a severe storm to materialize as we were adjacent Lake Superior but nothing happened. In fact, the distinctive, but relatively rare cloud formation almost always dissipates without a storm forming.


    As is typically the case, I tend to process most of my RAW images only a few years after I make them, sometimes not until years later! In this instance, it took me more than 2 years to process this image after coming across this series of images I made while working on my Ontario book, which was published in the spring of 2015. The caption which accompanied the image on page 128 read: 'Menacing storm clouds, Sault Ste Marie'. Now, I would write: 'Menacing Asperitas clouds, Sault Ste Marie'.
  • Posted On:
    May 16, 2015
    Finally, the Ontario Book Tour begins!

    This Tuesday, May 19, I start the tour with a presentation in Dryden, ON. During this book tour, I will be visiting select communities and cities in Ontario to make presentations and book signings of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.


    The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. The presentations at the various camera clubs should be 'open' for non-members also - at the very least, you can be my personal guest! See the list below for an event taking place near you.


    I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!


    Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
    Lutheran Church (175 Cecil Ave)
    Dryden, Ontario

    Wednesday, May 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters (797 Memorial Drive)
    Thunder Bay, Ontario


    Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
    Waverley Library (285 Red River Road)
    Thunder Bay, Ontario


    Thursday, May 21 4:00 - 6:00 pm
    Book Signing at Coles
    Cambrian Mall (44 Great Northern Road)
    Sault Ste Marie, Ontario


    Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Costco (1465 Kingsway)
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters (1425 Kingsway Road)
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Sunday, May 24
    6:00 pm Walkabout with Gerard Courtin and 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    7:00 pm Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    Laurentian Conservation Area Nature Chalet (2309 South Bay Rd.)
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
    East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
    375 Plains Road East
    Burlington, Ontario


    Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society' GRIPS
    Kitchener East Presbyterian Church
    10 Zeller Drive
    Kitchener, Ontario


    Saturday, May 30 Noon to 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Indigo (Bay and Bloor)
    55 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, Ontario


    Sunday, May 31 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters
    South Keys Shopping Centre
    2210 Bank Street
    Ottawa, Ontario


    Tuesday, June 2 7 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
    Clark Hall, RA Centre
    2451 Riverside Drive,
    Ottawa, Ontario
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  • Posted On:
    February 24, 2015
    I am pleased to announce that I will be touring select communities and cities in Ontario during the latter half of May following the release of my recent book 'Mike Grandmaison's Ontario' by Turnstone Press. You can preview a few images from the book from past blog postings. Clicking on the image above will allow you to connect on other links.


    The various events will include some traditional book signings as well as some illustrated presentations. See the list below for an event taking place near you.


    We are currently working behind the scenes to book additional signings / presentations in other venues and cities. We will be adding more venues in the weeks to come so please check in regularly to see any new updates.


    I am looking forward to meeting many of you along the way - friends, family, photographers, naturalists, and anyone interested in beautiful images from the great province of Ontario!


    Before we start the journey through Ontario however, we launch the tour in Winnipeg with the pages just barely dry from the press at Friesens!


    Thursday, April 9 7:00pm (Atrium)
    Book Signing at McNally Robinson Booksellers (Grant Shopping Centre)
    Winnipeg, Manitoba


    Tuesday, May 19 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at Dryden Camera Club
    Dryden, Ontario

    Wednesday, May 20 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters (797 Memorial Drive)
    Thunder Bay, Ontario

    Wednesday, May 20 7:00pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at 'Imagetrekkers Photography Club'
    Thunder Bay, Ontario


    Thursday, May 21 4:00 - 6:00 pm
    Book Signing at Coles

    Cambrian Mall (44 Great Northern Road)
    Sault Ste Marie, Ontario

    Saturday, May 23 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Costco
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Sunday, May 24 1:00 - 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Sunday, May 24

    6:00 pm Walkabout with Gerard Courtin and 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    7:30 pm Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Friends of Lake Laurentian'
    Lake Laurentian
    Sudbury, Ontario


    Tuesday, May 26 7:30 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Trillium Photographic Club'
    East Plains United Church, Peart Hall
    375 Plains Road East
    Burlington, Ontario


    Thursday, May 28 7:00 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'Grand River Imaging and Photographic Society' GRIPS
    Kitchener East Presbyterian Church
    10 Zeller Drive
    Kitchener, Ontario


    Saturday, May 30 Noon to 3:00 pm
    Book Signing at Indigo (Bay and Bloor)
    55 Bloor Street West
    Toronto, Ontario


    Sunday, May 31 7:00 pm
    Book Signing at Chapters
    South Keys Shopping Centre
    2210 Bank Street
    Ottawa, Ontario

    Tuesday, June 2 2:00 - 4:00 pm
    Illustrated Presentation and Book Signing at the 'RA Photo Club'
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Posted In:This And That