[S]uch vast quantities of water… held suspended in the air in clouds so light, fragile, and evanescent… How is the water-dust suspended in the atmosphere?… Sometimes we see a dense heavy mist lying so thickly over the fields that it seems as if nothing could dissipate it, yet it is so thin and frail that the sun rapidly melts it away. At other times we look on colossal mountains of cloud, and see the sunlight beating on them all day long; yet they resist him victoriously, and shine in more wonderful splendour when he sinks below the horizon, and then they mysteriously steal away, and bright stars shine serenely where they stood.” ~ Alfred Rowland, “The Clouds: God’s Angels of the Sea”, in “The Sunday Magazine” (London), 1884.

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