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'.
Only two weeks remain to send in your submission for possible inclusion in a new book about ‘Canadian Nature Photography’. Deadline for receipt of submissions is May 1, 2017.
You may read more about the project Here.
Browse the ‘Call To Photographers’ for complete submission details.
Browse the ‘Call To Photographers’ for complete submission details.
I am pleased and very excited to announce that I will be editing a new book about Canadian Nature Photography for Rocky Mountain Books. This beautiful art book will be published in the fall of 2018 and will showcase a wide variety of some of the best nature photography made by Canada's visual artists specializing in photography. Besides an essay on nature photography by yours truly, the book will also feature a foreword by Freeman Patterson, arguably Canada's finest photographic artist. The submission process is now open and we are seeking submissions from photographers who have created a large body of excellent nature imagery. The publisher will be donating a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book to a Canadian environmental organization to be determined in the near future.
As some of you know, I have been involved in promoting Canadian photography for years, going back to my humble beginnings in the early 80s. During the ensuing decades, I lectured and presented on various aspects of nature photography to various camera clubs and organizations, including the National Association for Photographic Art (NAPA). NAPA eventually merged with the Colour Photographic Association of Canada (CPAC) in 1996 to form the Canadian Association for Photographic Art (CAPA). The last 20 of my 40 years in photography have been spent pursuing a full-time career as a freelance photographer, specializing in nature photography.
It has been nearly two decades since Canadian nature photographers have been collectively featured in book form. The first major celebration that I can remember came in 1967 during Canada's centennial year when Lorraine Monk, celebrated Executive Producer of the Still Photography Division at the National Film Board, edited 'Canada – A Year of the Land'. This monumental work featured some of Canada's finest photographers of the day. In 1980, well-known Canadian photographer, J.A. Kraulis, edited a book called ‘The Art of Canadian Nature Photography’ and, in 1982, edited a second book called 'Canada: A Landscape Portrait'. In that same year, Lorraine Monk edited 'Canada With Love', a special tribute celebrating Canada's 115th birthday and the patriation of the Constitution of Canada. In 1990, Canada's photographic icon, Freeman Patterson, edited 'The Last Wilderness - Images of the Canadian Wild', a remarkable portrait of our wild places. Finally, Lorraine Monk returned in 1999 to edit 'Canada: These Things We Hold Dear – A Millennium Celebration' Honouring Canada’s Photographers'. It is our hope to continue this fine tradition by producing a new book featuring fine nature photography from Canada's exceptional photographers currently practicing today. I look forward to reviewing the submissions and eventually adding this book alongside the above mentioned titles to my personal collection of art books.
Anyone interested in being considered for possible inclusion in the book should consult the information provided on the Rocky Mountain Books website under 'Call to Nature Photographers'.
The submission process is now open and the deadline for receipt of submissions is December 15, 2017.
October 28, 2016
This coming Thursday, November 3 (2016) at 7 PM, I will be launching my new book 'MANITOBA - LAND OF THE UNEXPECTED’ in the Atrium of McNally Robinson Booksellers store in Grant Park Shopping Centre, 1120 Grant Ave) in Winnipeg, MB. This book was published by Les Editions des Plaines in Winnipeg and printed in Altona, Manitoba, making this another great 'Made In Manitoba' project, at least in my mind! This book is the result of some 30 years of exploring one of Canada's best kept secrets! I look forward to sharing it with you.
October 3, 2015
'Les Editions des Plaines' (Winnipeg) recently released the latest edition of my Canada book. Originally published in 2005 by Key Porter Books (no longer in business), Canada sold 25,000 copies throughout the country. A French translation is currently in progress.
While this edition sports a new cover, this edition is significantly different than the last three. When I was asked if I wanted to release this book again - it had been out of print for a year or so - I insisted that all the images be re-scanned - which I did. The color is now more accurate, with much better contrast. The text remains unchanged but a few images had to be replaced because I could not find a few of them; the images however are simply a different version of the original images that appeared in the book. Another significant change is that the images are no longer cropped so they reflect my original vision. The layout has been altered to create a uniformly consistent display of the images. Designer Jef Burnard did an outstanding job re-designing Canada. I am currently working on 3 other titles for 'Les Editions des Plaines', 2 of which should be released in the next few months.
Canada is available in books stores and online.