Iridescence over Independence
This month’s cloud formation is a display of cloud iridescence. This colourful optical effect is caused by sunlight being diffracted as it passes around the cloud particles, and is seen mostly often when a cloud is forming or dissipating, which means its water droplets are all of a similar size. The beautiful and eery example shown here is in an Altocumulus cloud spotted by Andrew Kirk over Independence, California, US.
© Photograph Andrew Kirk.
9 thoughts on “April 2012”
Eerie Iridescence !
Is this not just moist warm air emitted from the building?
Beautiful Image! Perfect exposure and backlighting!
Fantastic blog. Awesome.
Very nice..! Altough being a Cirrus fan (name of my sailboat) I sure can appreciate an Altocumulus like this one…
Hi GWW your comment is with the photo on the gallery page, is that where you intended it to be…
Wow! I’m speechless!
There were about 6 comments when I added mine yesterday, and now there is only one. Have I been edited out, together with the other comments? If so. I’d like to know why please :-) GWW
Imagine standing on that roof! Looking at this sunset.
( Was it a sunset? )
Hey, are there three faces to be discerned in this great picture?
Shall we try and give this pic some fancy name?
How about this for an opening scene as the curtains rise for act one of some classical play (which?)in a theatre somewhere? Three faces that don’t … etc.
I really love this example of iridescence.