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April 2014

April 2014

The Clouds Never Sleep

We think of cloudspotting as a predominantly daytime activity. But, as the Cloud of the Month for April shows, it needn’t be when there is a full moon. This evocative scene photographed by Hakan Pleijel is of Lapporten, in the Arctic Circle of Swedish Lapland. The distinctive U-shaped mountain valley is known as ‘The Lapponian Gate’. The moonlight reveals that the valley is bedded with tufts of flowing Stratus, and the peaks to either side are draped in blankets of silky cap clouds. We are grateful to Hakan for so beautifully reminding us that the clouds, of course, never sleep.

Photograph © Hakan Pleijel.

  • Spike

    April 15, 2014at1:51 pm

    Very nice.

  • Shakira

    April 15, 2014at6:32 pm

    What is going on in this? It looks as if the clouds as just rising up from the sea- or the waves are morphing into the clouds. Can’t tell. Great photo!

  • CK Mill avatar


    April 20, 2014at10:57 pm

    Gorgeous photograph!

  • Ecosystems - the living world

    May 13, 2014at11:50 am

    Ecosystems – the living world

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