Astronomers love clouds. Well, actually a lot of us hate clouds, but a lot of us are fascinated by meteorology, and clouds in particular. I love ‘em all, from cumulonimbus to mammatus. But there’s something about the bizarre lenticular clouds — lens-shaped beasties that form downwind from mountains. So how could I not love this […]
Photographer Tony Rowell sent me a link to a time lapse video he made of the American southwest. It’s all really very pretty, but honestly, the part that got me was the amazing lenticular cloud at the very beginning. You just have to see it to believe it! Spectacular, no? Lenticular, or lens-shaped, clouds form […]
Never tell me the odds! Yegads. I saw this while I was outside the other day; that’s a lenticular cloud, shaped by winds blowing over the Rocky Mountains. We see a lot of them around Boulder, but this one looked really familiar. I suddenly realized: it’s a ship from Star Wars! I thought it looked […]
I’ve been posting a lot of time lapse videos lately, and they’re so amazing I keep thinking they can’t possibly get any more beautiful. I keep thinking wrong. "El Cielo de Canarias" (Canary Sky) is simply, unbelievably breathtaking. Wow. I mean, wow. Daniel López is a gifted photographer. While looking at his photographs, my jaw […]
One thing I love about Colorado is that things I used to think were rare are actually rather common here. For example, lenticular clouds are lens-shaped (hence the name) clouds that sometimes form when air flows over the mountains in a certain way. Where I grew up on the east coast they were non-existent, but […]
I’m still working on my "Runners Up" post about the (almost) best images of 2006, but in the meantime, feast your eyes on a page containing dozens of incredible cloud images. I have seen a lot of these kinds of clouds myself (lenticular clouds are awesome, and weird). How many have you seen?