Wednesday, July 09, 2014

Almost no words for this

 Iridescent Clouds over Thamserku
Image Credit & Copyright: Oleg Bartunov

Explanation: Why would a cloud appear to be different colors? A relatively rare phenomenon known as iridescent clouds can show unusual colors vividly or a whole spectrum of colors simultaneously. These clouds are formed of small water droplets of nearly uniform size. When the Sun is in the right position and mostly hidden by thick clouds, these thinner clouds significantly diffract sunlight in a nearly coherent manner, with different colors being deflected by different amounts. Therefore, different colors will come to the observer from slightly different directions. Many clouds start with uniform regions that could show iridescence but quickly become too thick, too mixed, or too far from the Sun to exhibit striking colors. The above iridescent cloud was photographed in 2009 from the Himalayan Mountains in Nepal, behind the 6,600-meter peak named Thamserku. 

I have never seen a cloud photograph like this and I'm looking at clouds all the time.


Elephant's Child said...

Oh. How amazing. How beautiful. And no, I have never seen anything remotely like it. Thank you.

River said...

I have never seen clouds like this. I didn't know they could happen! they're beautiful.

Davoh said...

Just another totally irrelevant comment from somewhere on the sidebar past.


JahTeh said...

I've never seen clouds like this even in my cloud spotter's guide. Probably hiding a UFO.

Hello Davoh, I removed the sidebar to tidy up and I've never had time to put it back.
I'll add it to my never ending list of things that need doing.