Meteorology might seem like a dry topic, but actually (brace yourselves) it’s also blustery, frosty, humid, frigid, and most compellingly of all: nebulous. In accordance with our sense of poetic allocation, books on topics atmospheric and celestial are shelved up high, under the common classifier “The Heavens”. One must crane one’s neck to view them, and browsers rarely do, but (in this unbiased author’s opinion) it is well worthwhile. And particularly so with the recent addition of Soft Skies of France, a remarkable little American photographic essay whose thesis states that French cloud formations are unique globally, and that “the skies which hover over France have a limpid quality found nowhere else”. Sentiment and science collide on our highest shelf!

Neil Bruder @neilbruder